The overwhelming amount of issues plaguing the disability community have buried me alive. The most painful of them come from supposed allies, people who wave bright banners of social justice only to throw the disabled under the bus when it really counts. Fighting against this kind of injustice has made me a lot of enemies, and frankly, I can’t do it in the same capacity any longer.Read More
Dear Sparkly Friends,
No doubt most of you follow me on Instagram primarily now. The end of 2018 (and my lapse in posting) was marked by big, happy changes. I moved into a lovely condo! Shortly after my last entry, things got incredibly busy and didn’t entirely settle down. Currently, I am visiting Northern California helping out my beautiful girlfriend. Life seems as if it’s shifting from surviving to thriving little by little.Read More
Finding sustainable products that work well with my disability is a challenge. The ban some states in the U.S. have instituted on plastic straws, for example, hurts the disabled community greatly. Many of us don't have a choice whether or not to use a disposable product, and those of us who do are usually happy to make the switch. Reusable products themselves are not inherently ableist, and I think it's important that we collectively make an effort to be more sustainable, especially on behalf of those whose quality of life suffers without disposables. Nonetheless, the government should not eliminate materials disabled individuals require to survive.
I'd like to share with you some products I use on a daily basis that make my life a lot easier which you can find in the Frill-Ability Amazon Associates shop. They might not work for you, but I want to make this a regular series in order to: a. let others know these things exist if they didn't already, and b. give you my perspective on how accessibility and sustainability can intersect. Let's get into the products, and then I'll give you further thoughts on what I think we could be doing differently as a society here in the West.
Dear Sparkly Friends,
I was browsing Instagram looking at accounts I have a complex range of feelings about, and it led to a long Facebook post better suited for a blog, so here we go. Most of you social media savvy folks know it doesn’t take a graphic designer to transform a mediocre photo into something at least presentable for LinkedIn these days. In fact, you can easily lose fifty pounds, get cosmetic surgery, lighten your skin, and apply makeup all while taking your morning shit.