Reclaiming Lazy
Activism and Advocacy / Getting support / Invisible disabilities / mental health / neurodiversity / Spoonie Challenges

Reclaiming Lazy

Among those of us who are neurodivergent (ND) and/or who manage mental illness, the word lazy has been stamped on our foreheads, like a much unwanted label, by people who just don’t understand our experience. Many of my friends who have ADHD, for example, have had their executive dysfunction completely gaslit by family members, teachers, … Continue reading

Welcome to Disability (a House with Infinite Rooms)
Activism and Advocacy / Connecting / Getting support / Spoonie Challenges

Welcome to Disability (a House with Infinite Rooms)

Hi there. You’re new here. You and maybe one hundred forty-one million, five hundred thousand others. That’s a guess. An imperfect one, because the data is young and ever-changing and because lots of folks lived in this house before a brand-new Goldilocks broke in and started judging our food and lodgings. Too metaphorical? Probably. Let … Continue reading

Featured SpAN Author: Nicole Zelniker
Activism and Advocacy / Featured Author

Featured SpAN Author: Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker (she/her) is a writer, activist, and podcast producer at The Nasiona. Nicole is also the author of Mixed, a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families, Last Dance, a collection of short stories, and her latest novel, Letters I’ll Never Send, is an own-voices mental health story. Dress Rehearsal, another short fiction piece, appears in the … Continue reading

Traditional publishing says it wants diverse voices, but does it really?
Activism and Advocacy / Crafting characters / Represention

Traditional publishing says it wants diverse voices, but does it really?

Traditional publishing says it wants diverse voices but when presented with them, they either tone them down to be more acceptable to the neurotypicals, or they make them so ridiculous and centre the neurotypicals, or worse, when speaking of POC, they center whiteness. I am very proud of a novel I wrote, which I have … Continue reading

The Power of Creativity and the Disabled Writing Community
Activism and Advocacy / Anxiety / chronic fatigue / chronic pain / cons / Fibromyalgia / internalized ableism / Living fully

The Power of Creativity and the Disabled Writing Community

I spent 2014 in an acute state of fear. Yeah, I know that seems hyperbolic, but I was quite terrified. The chronic pain I had been experiencing from the neuropathy of fibromyalgia had levelled up to a state where it felt like someone had injected several areas of my body with burning hot, vibrating curling … Continue reading

All of What Makes Me a Spoonie is Invisible
Activism and Advocacy / Connecting / Invisible disabilities

All of What Makes Me a Spoonie is Invisible

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty well-informed person when it comes to the disability community. Still, I hadn’t even heard the term “Spoonie” until I began following more self-identified Spoonies on Twitter in the last year or so. Many of them I discovered through writing a short story for the Nothing Without … Continue reading