23 4 / 2014

I had such an awesome time chatting with the fabulous Caitlin Wood about all things disability and about my blog, Words I Wheel By, on the very first Criptiques podcast! And for anyone who might be wondering, I talk about why I prefer identity-first language. If you have a chance, I hope you’ll listen and let me know what you think! Extra hugs if you actually buy the book! (P.S. Try to ignore how much I say “um.”)

21 4 / 2014

rightuphereiswhereistorethejuice asked: So I've been following your blog for a little bit but I just now caught the Eric Hutchinson reference in your blog header! Ten points to Gryffindor!

Ohmygosh we’re new best friends now. You’re the only person who noticed which is cool since it’s kind of obscure, but still…yay you made me so happy :) PS. I had to respond publicly to declare my joy to the tumblr-verse.

21 4 / 2014

stitchgnomercy:

hellomynameismaddy:

she-rocks-and-she-rolls:

There’s a new anthology on disability out called Criptiques and I’m super excited to be a part of it! In it, I share my views on why I don’t identify with person-first language. I’m featured along with tons of other amazing disability advocates, including flutterflyinvasion.
It’s available for purchase on Amazon —> http://amzn.to/1pj8mSB
[Image descriptions: Three photos. Teal t-shirt that says Criptiques with Criptiques sticker and pins on top, next to blue Criptiques book. Criptiques books next to yellow flowers in blue vase. Book open to page that read “What Should You Call Me? I Get To Decide: Why I’ll Never Identify With Person-First Language - Emily Ladau]

Yay Emily! And Cara! And everyone else!

I got my Kickstarter copy last week!! So awesome!!

Yay! Thanks for backing such a cool project :) Hope you love the book!

stitchgnomercy:

hellomynameismaddy:

she-rocks-and-she-rolls:

There’s a new anthology on disability out called Criptiques and I’m super excited to be a part of it! In it, I share my views on why I don’t identify with person-first language. I’m featured along with tons of other amazing disability advocates, including flutterflyinvasion.

It’s available for purchase on Amazon —> http://amzn.to/1pj8mSB

[Image descriptions: Three photos. Teal t-shirt that says Criptiques with Criptiques sticker and pins on top, next to blue Criptiques book. Criptiques books next to yellow flowers in blue vase. Book open to page that read “What Should You Call Me? I Get To Decide: Why I’ll Never Identify With Person-First Language - Emily Ladau]

Yay Emily! And Cara! And everyone else!

I got my Kickstarter copy last week!! So awesome!!

Yay! Thanks for backing such a cool project :) Hope you love the book!

20 4 / 2014

Wishing a Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates, and a very Happy Spring to all!

Wishing a Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates, and a very Happy Spring to all!

19 4 / 2014

There’s a new anthology on disability out called Criptiques and I’m super excited to be a part of it! In it, I share my views on why I don’t identify with person-first language. I’m featured along with tons of other amazing disability advocates, including flutterflyinvasion.
It’s available for purchase on Amazon —> http://amzn.to/1pj8mSB
[Image descriptions: Three photos. Teal t-shirt that says Criptiques with Criptiques sticker and pins on top, next to blue Criptiques book. Criptiques books next to yellow flowers in blue vase. Book open to page that read “What Should You Call Me? I Get To Decide: Why I’ll Never Identify With Person-First Language - Emily Ladau]

There’s a new anthology on disability out called Criptiques and I’m super excited to be a part of it! In it, I share my views on why I don’t identify with person-first language. I’m featured along with tons of other amazing disability advocates, including flutterflyinvasion.

It’s available for purchase on Amazon —> http://amzn.to/1pj8mSB

[Image descriptions: Three photos. Teal t-shirt that says Criptiques with Criptiques sticker and pins on top, next to blue Criptiques book. Criptiques books next to yellow flowers in blue vase. Book open to page that read “What Should You Call Me? I Get To Decide: Why I’ll Never Identify With Person-First Language - Emily Ladau]

16 4 / 2014

"Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. -Napoleon Hill"

15 4 / 2014


As a blogger who has a disability, who is short, who cannot claim to be skinny, who grapples with both the privilege I have and the privilege I don’t, I continually wonder when the day will come that I will see myself reflected back at me, not just in this one documentary, but in the mainstream media as a whole. Within the vast world of bloggers, I have connected with countless people who share amazing stories. They are the stories of what it’s really like to have a disability. They are the stories of how it feels to not fit in to a certain cultural norm. They are the stories of personal struggles and triumphs, regardless of appearance or ability. [read more]

As a blogger who has a disability, who is short, who cannot claim to be skinny, who grapples with both the privilege I have and the privilege I don’t, I continually wonder when the day will come that I will see myself reflected back at me, not just in this one documentary, but in the mainstream media as a whole. Within the vast world of bloggers, I have connected with countless people who share amazing stories. They are the stories of what it’s really like to have a disability. They are the stories of how it feels to not fit in to a certain cultural norm. They are the stories of personal struggles and triumphs, regardless of appearance or ability. [read more]

14 4 / 2014

"My family has a vehicle adapted so I can get inside, but sometimes I just want to take a drive with my friends. Since it took me longer to get my driver’s license than most of my peers and I’m still working on getting a vehicle with the equipment I need to drive, my current options for transportation when going out are either to be driven by my father or to be picked up by a friend. While I’m thankful that my friends are always up for letting me hitch a ride, transferring to the passenger seat used to be a two person acrobatic performance." [read more]

14 4 / 2014

I was writing an article last night and got a kick out of this sentence when I realized it’s unintentionally punny: “Too often, people use the term ‘wheelchair-bound’ to refer to wheelchair users – a term that I personally can’t stand.”

13 4 / 2014

andreashettle:

professionaldaydreamer2:

I want to diversify what’s on my dash. Recommend me some cool disability blogs? Anything that isn’t a spoonie-type chronic illness blog. (I just already have plenty and know where to find more if i want more. Looking to mix things up.)

I do blog and re blog a lot on disability.  I am deaf and have attention deficit disorder, but I tend to be interested in a lot of cross disability stuff.  Since I do a lot of re-blogging, you can discover more disability Tumblr blogs via mine.

I like http://youneedacat.tumblr.com … she does have some chronic conditions but also some other disabilities, e.g is autistic  I first discovered her via http://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com

You can find more deaf bloggers via http://deafread.com

The Disability Studies blog at Temple U has an extensive blog roll of many different bloggers with disabilities, check the left hand side: http://disstud.blogspot.com/

Every year, there is a major event on May 1st called Blogging Against Disablism Day in which usually more than 100 bloggers (mostly people with disabilities) blog about ableism/disablism.  Browsing through some of the entries that have been submitted to this over the years can help lead you to many more disability bloggers, though not all are on Tumblr.  Check the archives for 2013200620072008200920102011 and 2012.  Speaking of which, the May 1st date for the 2014 BADD event should be coming soon!  Watch Diary of a Goldfish blog for details that I’m sure will be coming soon.

I focus on disability as well! And I’m guessing you might already be following, but I highly recommend hellomynameismaddy and i-need-that-seat.

Also check out sweetmobility and ollibean!