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My teacher says that writing too much is a good problem to have. “Most people,” she tells me, “have to flesh out their ideas. That’s much harder than having to cut things out.” She doesn’t understand why I can’t just do it, and I, at fourteen, am no help. It will be years before I go to conferences and see other people with my diagnosis freeze when asked to summarize things. It will be even longer before I realize what my having a “good problem” really means.
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Over on Feministe, Bint Bintalshamsa asks:

Can we stop with the news reports calling [Elizabeth Edwards’s] cancer ‘terminal’? Please? Yes, she does have cancer, but it isn’t terminal. It’s incurable. There’s a helluva difference between the two.

Some commenters argued that calling Edwards’s cancer “terminal” was correct according to various legal and medical definitions. Which prompted Bint to ask this incredibly awesome question: “Why is it those who do not have the condition are considered the experts on how it should be viewed?”

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[Written on an e-mail list in response to a parent who asked about independence. Functioning labels were brought up.]

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UPDATE: Dave Hingsburger discusses the “disabled people are defenseless” stereotype in his post DPN

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Comic transcript:

Panel 1: Two teenage girls are walking down a path. The girl on the left is ethnically white, albinistic and shorter. She’s wearing  pants, a long-sleeved shirt with a T-shirt over it, a visor and glasses with bioptics. She also has a cane and is carrying a plastic bag. Her name is Charlotte. The girl on the right is Black. She’s wearing shorts and a T-shirt, glasses, and a bow in her short hair. She also has a plastic ankle-foot-orthotic on her left leg. Her name is Trixie.

CHARLOTTE: Man! Can you believe ;Grand Theft Auto IV was $20?

TRIXIE: This movie’s banned in 30 countries and they didn’t even card me!

Panel 2: An ethnically white woman with long, curly hair wearing a dress comes up to Charlotte and Trixie as they’re walking. She says: “You handicapped girls are so brave! You must be angels.” Trixie thinks: “Ah, crap…Where are we, again?”

Panel 3: Charlotte and Trixie look at each other, annoyed and unsure of what to say.

Panel 4: All three are in the frame.

TRIXIE (smiling, pumping her fist in the air): I call Christopher Walken!

CHARLOTTE: The hell you do…guy from Mask.

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[Image Description: A faceless person with brown hair parted cleanly down the middle. The back of the office chair she’s sitting in is visible, and behind her you can see a white wall and a wooden door flung open with a plastic bag on the doorknob. In the lower left corner, you can see some pink shoes.]

A friend once told me that my disability was “semi-visible.” At the time, I thought I knew what she meant. Now I realize I don’t.

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And He Who Walks Behind the Rows did say, “I will send Outlanders amongst you…and these Outlanders will be unbelievers and profaners of the holy.”
–Isaac (John Franklin), Children of the Corn

All right, go ahead and sacrifice me to your respective vegetable-god. I like Children of the Corn.

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