Alice Wong and Reclaiming “Inspiration”

Yesterday, NBC News profiled Alice Wong and the Disability Visibility Project. Go read it! I am genuinely inspired by Alice Wong. With neither budget nor celebrity, she’s created an vibrant, accessible, community of people with disabilities, family members, and allies. She’s told stories and made it possible for others to tell their stories. She works constantly … Continue ReadingAlice Wong and Reclaiming “Inspiration”

Inspiration Porn at a Chicagoland McDonald’s – I’m Hating It.

An act of kindness at a Chicago-area McDonalds has been getting a lot of attention over the last week. A customer, Destiny Carreno, saw an employee decide to close his till and go help a disabled man eat lunch. Carreno  took a picture, placed it on Facebook, and went viral. Her Facebook post has nearly … Continue ReadingInspiration Porn at a Chicagoland McDonald’s – I’m Hating It.

Reading Inspiration Porn Through the Social Model of Disability

I have a new piece out at Al Jazeera America on the concept of inspiration porn. Inspiration porn still dominates depictions of disability in the news, so her work continues. In the last few weeks, three stories about disability have gone viral. A high school quarterback in Pennsylvania took a girl with Down syndrome to prom, … Continue ReadingReading Inspiration Porn Through the Social Model of Disability

Inspiration Porn Part 2 – Abled woman tells Disability Community that Inspiration Porn is Great!

This is one of the worst essays I have ever read on disability. An abled person informing the disability community that inspiration porn is a good thing. She even has the audacity to cite Stella Young. Here’s the piece, then a commercial that I think does a better job. There‚Äôs a debate raging on the … Continue ReadingInspiration Porn Part 2 – Abled woman tells Disability Community that Inspiration Porn is Great!