The Disability Union


Culture, Faith, and Disability

Warning:  This may be a difficult article for some people to read.  We are going to be dealing with religion and dissecting some contradictions in different aspects of faith.  The point of this article is to highlight those contradictions, and is in no way meant to invalidate your beliefs.  As with the last few articles, […]

Paternalism of Disability: The Body

Disability culture is wide and varied.  Whether it be the difference between geographical location or different disabilities, there are variations in how different people experience disability culture.  Last time we talked about the idea of paternalism and how it is used. Whether intentional or not, it is used to keep control over people with disabilities. […]

Paternalism in Disability Culture

The different cultures that surround disability is as wide and varied as any other culture, though many don’t realize.  Just as American culture is different from British culture, for example, Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture is different from the culture of having Cerebral Palsy.  What’s interesting still, is we can also break up the culture of […]

The Problem with the Definition of Disability

What defines disability?  According to dictionary.com, disability can be defined as “lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity.”  On the surface, this makes sense.  People who are extremely weak, both physically and mentally, are who one might think of as “disabled.”  Where this definition begins to fall apart though, is when […]

Know Your Disability History: The Impact of Veterans and Parents

The history of disability isn’t often talked about, but that doesn’t mean that it’s unimportant.  Disability, whether we know it or not, has affected events throughout time. In last week’s article, we began talking about disability history in the United States.  Today, we’re going to continue our journey through history, starting where we left off. […]

Know Your Disability History: Early America

The history of disability and disabled people is rarely talked about.  Despite disability being present for all of history, rarely do we hear about disabled people from history.  Because of this, we forget that disabilities didn’t just appear one day, and disabled people didn’t always have rights.  Today, disabled people are still a minority fighting […]

The Problem with Promposal Inspiration Porn

Ah, prom.  To be a highschooler again, excited for the summer, but arguably more excited for the upcoming dance.  During this time of year, a lot of stories come out about students with various disabilities being asked to prom in spectacular, over-the-top ways.  The stories of students asking disabled students to prom spread through social […]

A Beginners Guide to Inspiration Porn

Ask almost anyone with a visible disability, and they’ll tell you that they’ve been called an inspiration.  They might have even been called an inspiration that very day. Most people say it as a genuine compliment. To them it really is inspiring that, despite not having their level of ability, we’re still able to get […]

Finding Grants for Additional Disability Funding

Being disabled is expensive.  Between the expensive medical equipment, medications, doctors appointments, and PCA help, costs add up.  In 2016, Scope published a study that detailed the added expense of being disabled.  And to make matters worse, some disabilities can make it difficult for individuals to get and maintain employment.  There are programs available to […]

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