Some everyday words you probably use that are ableist language.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ~Mark Twain Mark Twain may have been talking literature, but his point is relevant in everyday life. Words are a really large matter when they can make the difference between being inclusive, sensitive,…
Self-Care as a Radical Practice
In my twelve years of experience (so far) of social work, all direct service, I have heard about the need for self-care countless times. The conversation or lecture or training on the subject generally sounds the same each time: you can’t help anyone if you don’t take care of yourself, you have to prevent burnout,…
Stuffed animals: a piece of the puzzle in the larger movement against ableism?
Meet Lamb. Lamb is a part of my two year old daughter’s core crew that accompany her almost everywhere she goes. Lamb can usually be found with Cat, Dog, and Duck. Sometimes Horse joins. Accompanying my daughter, Lamb likes to dance, eat chicken and fries, go for drives, and take walks around the neighborhood. Never,…