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Q&A with Elsa Sjunneson

By Alice Wong / 2021-10-24
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<img data-attachment-id="480445" data-permalink="https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2021/10/24/qa-with-elsa-sjunneson/beingseen/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BeingSeen.jpg?fit=1000%2C1510&ssl=1" data-orig-size="1000,1510" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Being+Seen" data-image-description="" data-image-caption="<p>Cover image of Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson. From the letter “I” in “BEING,” the color of Elsa’s cataract refracts in a rainbow-colored prismatic effect over a dark background. “Deafblind” is emphasized with light.</p> " data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BeingSeen.jpg?fit=199%2C300&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BeingSeen.jpg?fit=678%2C1024&ssl=1" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-480445 size-large" src="https://i1.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BeingSeen.jpg?resize=678%2C1024&ssl=1" alt="Cover image of Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson. From the letter

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Accessibility and the Lack Thereof in the Film Industry

By Alice Wong / 2021-10-13
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Accessibility and the Lack Thereof in the Film Industry

 

Carolyn Hinds

 

Being a Black woman means there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t worry that every action I make, every word I say won’t be judged, misconstrued, and dismissed. As a Black female film critic and journalist, I have these same worries, but they’re intensified with the apprehension that what I do and say on social media may end up

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20 Questions for Disability-Inclusive Employers

By Alice Wong / 2021-10-12
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20 Questions for Disability-Inclusive Employers Aubrie Lee

 

We deserve better

We deserve the best

We deserve to get out of bed

We deserve to rest

We deserve to work

We deserve to retire

We deserve to be cared for

We deserve everything we desire

We deserve everything we desire

Nomy Lamm

 

https://content.blubrry.com/disability_visibility/Aubrie-We_deserve_better-Monday_at_00-09_.m4a

 

Audio of Aubrie singing Nomy Lamm’s song We Deserve Everything

 

One October day many years ago, I

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How Disabled Mutual Aid Is Different Than Abled Mutual Aid

By Alice Wong / 2021-10-03
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“We were maybe not going to save the world, but we were going to save each other.¹”: How Disabled Mutual Aid Is Different Than Abled Mutual Aid Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

I want people to know that disabled people kept each other alive during COVID-19. We were keeping each other alive before COVID and we will continue to keep each other alive. But the ways we kept each other alive during COVID is nothing short

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SMA Pride and Disability Language

By Kevin Schaefer / 2021-08-10
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I was wrapping up a week of vacation when I came upon a flood of posts on my Instagram feed about “SMA Pride Month.” Though

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Supercrips, Solidarity, and Crip Families in The Bad Batch

By Alice Wong / 2021-08-02
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Supercrips, Solidarity, and Crip Families in The Bad Batch Dr. Johnathan Flowers 

Content notes: eugenics, applied behavioral analysis, torture, genetic manipulation, ableist terminology 

Spoilers below for The Bad Batch season one. 

 

When I set out to write about The Bad Batch (an animated series on Disney+) and disability, I had in mind an essay that would make clear the ways in which The Bad Batch, as the latest addition to the Star Wars canon,

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Disabled Immigrants: Living on the Edge of Barbwire

By Alice Wong / 2021-07-25
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Disabled Immigrants: Living on the Edge of Barbwire Qudsiya Naqui

 

Content notes: ableist and sanist language, eugenics, suicide, medical neglect, suffering, abuse, violence, incarceration

 

I first became interested in the disabled immigrant experience through my work running legal services programs for unaccompanied immigrant children detained at the U.S. border from 2011-2018. My work often made me think of a poem by the great Mexican-American queer disabled writer, Gloria Anzaldua:

“1,950-mile-long open wound

dividing

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We Move Together

By Alice Wong / 2021-07-12
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We Move Together: Interview with Kelly Fritsch Megan Linton 

 

We Move Together is a joyful new children’s book about disability community and culture. In conversation with one of the books’ co-authors, Kelly Fritsch, we discuss COVID-19, children’s literature, and disability justice in Canada.

 

<img data-attachment-id="478244" data-permalink="https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2021/07/12/we-move-together/unnamed-1-1/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/unnamed-1-1.jpg?fit=253%2C240&ssl=1" data-orig-size="253,240" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="unnamed-1 (1)" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/unnamed-1-1.jpg?fit=253%2C240&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/disabilityvisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/unnamed-1-1.jpg?fit=253%2C240&ssl=1" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-478244 size-full" src="https://disabilitynewswire.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/unnamed-1-1.jpg" alt="Illustration by Eduardo Trejos. Five pairs of legs appear against a bright orange background.

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Pride Feelings

By Alice Wong / 2021-07-06
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Pride Feelings J. Logan Smilges

 

By the time this essay goes live, the United States will have emerged from LGBTQ Pride Month into Disability Pride Month. Most years I find the transition between these months to be defined by an emotional chaos, one filled with feelings that I can never name because I’m just so tired. June is exhausting. As a queer and trans person, I try to be optimistic about LGBTQ Pride

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Reimagining the Autistic Mother Tongue

By Alice Wong / 2021-06-13
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Reimagining the Autistic Mother Tongue  Jane Shi

 

Content notes: child abandonment, abusive adoptive parents, anti-Asian violence and misogyny, mass shooting, ableist slurs and language, forced restraint of autistic people, ABA (applied behavioural analysis)

 

For most of my life, I attributed my needs and the fact that others frequently didn’t understand them to an inherent lack. 

I was bad at communicating. I was bad at chores. I was bad at being in groups. The

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