I’m a writer with disabilities who is passionate about seeing disability in a character as a trait and not the character. I love all things about writing. I love the research, I love to read everything from cereal boxes, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and I love to ask questions! In roaming the web, I noticed many blog posts and entries on Goodreads about the difficulty in finding good fiction and non-fiction where characters are not portrayed as their disability. I find this disconcerting. A person with a disability is first a person.
I am a person. I had challenges early, born with C-shaped legs requiring footwear built up with wrenches (in those days) to straighten my legs. My bone structure from the legs to the hips are not aligned, something I learned after I could no longer work due to autoimmune problems, thirty-plus-years with fibromyalgia, and severe arthritis, balance issues, and living a lifetime struggling with mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and living with bipolar disorder. I haven’t let any of my “traits” be who I am. I am intelligent, compassionate, empathetic, follow politics, have been a lifetime learner. I am a Christian and get my strength and courage from God. I have been writing since childhood. I love writing articles about disability, currently at Almost An Author.
This blog is for me, my thoughts and ramblings, and my instructions on how I believe ‘we’ as the disabled are to be portrayed in non-fiction as well as fictional stories from the young to the elderly. This is also your blog and I welcome your thoughts and feelings about what you’ve read, things you’ve seen, helpful organizations, places where you’ve seen it written ‘all wrong’.
A few years ago, I saw so many requests for disability stories. Not so much anymore as I see the word diversity being used a great deal which could be any number of things. In my blog, I am concentrating on disability. Disability is not picky. Many will be in time, and many already know someone who struggles with challenges but know these things don’t define the inner-human. Disability occurs regardless of social status, race, gender, or religious belief.
I am anxious to hear from you, living with a disability or not, about the scope of topics in this blog. Do you like my approach? Have I got it all wrong? What are you thinking about when you read a post?
Let’s write disability as ability, and let’s write people first.