One of the more insidious forms of internalized ableism is when we look at others and beat ourselves up for not being able to do what they are doing. What makes it particularly insidious is that it is easy to miss that we are engaging in internalized ableism. What makes it so insidious is that … Continue reading
Category Archives: Autism
Featured SpAN Author: Talia Johnson
Talia Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. She is an ordained Kohenet priestess, and her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, educating, counselling, and mentoring. She has done freelance editing for queer and trans representation and is Chair of the … Continue reading
Lines on a CV Do Not Erase Disability
Editor’s note: This is Emily’s first post with us. Please consider giving her a warm welcome as a SpAN contributor! I didn’t feel I had the space to acknowledge my learning disability until my name was safely on my BA degree and hung on the wall for graduating top of my undergrad class. By the … Continue reading
Even friendly-neighbourhood Spoonie editors experience burnout.
I love the Spoonie Authors Network. It’s been a blessing since its inception and continues to inspire (in a healthy way) wonderful things. The SpAN allowed me to gather up people who experience disability and chronic conditions in various ways. Sometimes it allowed the creatives to come to terms with the fact that they are … Continue reading
Spoonie Spotlight: Talia C. Johnson
It’s your friendly neighbourhood SpAN Editor here. I thought for the start of 2019, it would be great to highlight how our contributors (and other awesome humans) are using their spoons! For this week’s Spoonie Spotlight, we’re featuring Talia C. Johnson, who does so many thing with her life, I just wanted you to learn … Continue reading
Spoon Stealers, Week 2: We will steal your spoons. First, fill out this consent form.
For far too many disabled people, finding services—let alone accessing them—is a difficult-to-impossible task. When one does find them, then attending appointments, going for tests, and so on, sucks up even more spoons. In almost every case, we have to sign forms giving the provider permission to steal our spoons in whatever way. ODSP wants … Continue reading
World Building Self-Revelations
Building a world or universe can be an interesting process. Sometimes knowing where to begin is the challenge. When one’s brain has a tendency to bounce all over the place and to overthink, it can get even more complicated. My speciality is not physics, and I don’t have access to a lab. Therefore, I can’t … Continue reading
Confessions of a Reluctant Spoonie
Forgive me, Father, for I have synonymed. Oh, wait, I’m not Catholic or Anglican (both traditions have the sacrament of Confession), I’m Jewish. So, that sort of confession isn’t appropriate. Yet, confession is an appropriate term for where I’m at with being a spoonie. The evidence is there in report cards and in what has … Continue reading