Why Structured Discovery should be grounded in justice

***Content Warning: this article discusses sexual and verbal abuse. Carley Mullin is a certified blind cane travel instructor who works with children and adults. In this article, she argues that supporting survivors of sexual assault is not only crucial but in line with the principles of the National Federation of the Blind. Why Structured Discovery… Continue reading Why Structured Discovery should be grounded in justice

Give a cheer for all the broken

**TW/CW: Discussion of depression, bullying, suicidal ideation/suicide *Originally published in 13th Floor, spring 2014 Hold on. And you don’t know what you’re waiting for, but you don’t want to know more. Hold on. From Hold On by Good Charlotte Slipping into the forgotten, hearing only the silence, too many seek the solace of whispered graves.… Continue reading Give a cheer for all the broken

Extending Disability representation: Removing sexism, ableism and white supremacy from our own representation

I often write about identity. My identity, specifically. How so much of my identity is wrapped up in body image and appearance. My mind and emotions wrestle on a daily basis, determined to erase one another. Only a handful of people know my inner turmoil. Rarely do I speak about the dysfunction whipping about inside… Continue reading Extending Disability representation: Removing sexism, ableism and white supremacy from our own representation

#MarchingTogether: Seeking accountability in the blind community

CW/TW: Discussion of sexual misconduct/harassment, gaslighting and details of rape. We cannot escape the obvious fact that sexual misconduct is rampant in the blind community. Since December, story after story has released from survivors detailing their experiences and the widespread cover-ups training centers and blindness organizations have attempted. Public apologies, task forces and organizational partnerships… Continue reading #MarchingTogether: Seeking accountability in the blind community

Happy Father’s Day: Dismantling patriarchal systems in parenting

I frequently encounter attitudes about parenting that are clearly informed by patriarchal ideals. My husband is constantly praised for doing what is actually the bare minimum required in parenting. Feeding, bathing, diaper changing, playtime. Yet, rarely is my parenting commented on. We have created a societal structure of parenting predicated upon antiquated and misogynistic mindsets.… Continue reading Happy Father’s Day: Dismantling patriarchal systems in parenting

Off with face masks: The ablism creeping into comments about removing masks once vaccinated

More and more people are receiving Covid vaccinations, and life is beginning to bloom again. We are like caged creatures, bursting out the open door with frenzy. We seem to think we need to make up time for the past year-and-a-half. I admit, easing back into a routine of here-there-and-everywhere, feels good, if a smidge… Continue reading Off with face masks: The ablism creeping into comments about removing masks once vaccinated

Uncomfortable Conversations: The importance of including ablism in our discussions on disability

Uncomfortable conversations are not fun. No one enjoys an uncomfortable conversation. Sometimes, uncomfortable conversations are necessary. Let’s also not conflate discomfort with abuse. My entire life, I’ve heard excuses for why people are racist, sexist, ablist, classist. They don’t understand. They are from a different generation. They are just being nice. Well, fuck all these… Continue reading Uncomfortable Conversations: The importance of including ablism in our discussions on disability

Stop centering us: Disability and white supremacy

During a recent discussion online about an article on disabled parenting, several people shared their thoughts about the decision to parent as a disabled person. A couple of people mentioned specific concerns, listing a variety of what-if scenarios explaining their hesitancy to start a family even if parenting is a desire of theirs. Many of… Continue reading Stop centering us: Disability and white supremacy