Hello, disabled world

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This is the launch of The Daily Dis(ability), a site dedicated to all things disability. After months of planning, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome you.

The Daily Dis will focus on disability news, stories and opinions spanning various realms of society from medicine to tech, science to politics, entertainment to reality. Prepare to learn about visible and invisible illness. Ready yourself to become a little uncomfortable, as this site will tilt able-bodied reality to focus on disabled issues, life and needs.

Why am I focusing on disability coverage? The internet (hi there!) is the prime space for education, but it’s also the primary space for people who have disabilities to form and grow communities. In 2010, nearly 20 percent of United States citizens clocked in at having a disability. That’s one in five Americans.

Still, that doesn’t stop disabled people from being underrepresented, misrepresented, unseen, unheard and uninvited in public spaces, entertainment, public policy, urban planning, the workforce and at home.

As a person who has disabilities, I’m looking to change that. I want to write at least one post every day, whether focusing on my own disability journey, reporting the experiences of others, or talking about the way disability is portrayed and considered in our world.

I want you to walk away from this site feeling more informed, compassionate and active in making our communities more inclusive and welcoming places. I want us to get unafraid of tough subjects and conditions. I want us to see, and to be seen.

And I need your help to do that. If you have a disability, feel free to make this site your home and offer suggestions. Contact me to share your story, or volunteer a post.

If you don’t, feel free to learn. Take a back seat and consider what a more inclusive world would look like from the needs and perspectives of those with disabilities. That’s a world we all should strive for – let’s get there together.

– Emily

 

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