The Beauty of Spaces Created For and By Disabled People
It is very rare, as a disabled person, that I have an intense sense of belonging, of being not just tolerated or included in a space, but actively owning it.
ThisisAn Unquiet Mind, a monthly column by s.e. smith that explores disability identity and its interaction with the world at large.
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In our constrained culture where public, raw grief is not socially acceptable, I fear that grief stories are being asked to do too much.
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You will remember, in fact, the first doctor who does ask, who says ‘is it okay if I put my hands here,’ gesturing, waiting for you to say ‘yes.’
There are entire lines of therapy that basically boil down to “learn self-control so you never upset the sane.”