A dangerous trend I see in the neurodivergent community online is a fierce resistance to help oneself. It’s a narrative that reads “I have x issue therefore I cannot do y.” Sometimes that’s valid for the benefit of one’s health and avoiding extreme detriment.
As in, “I have auditory and visual processing issues, therefore I cannot attend loud, busy concerts, even with ear and eye protection. It is absolutely too overstimulating, and I will go into meltdown.” (an example) For others, like me, that can be true on some days and not others depending on how much stimulation we’ve been receiving lately. And so on.
Here’s where I tend to object… 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. Read More
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.