This graphic feature from “The Washington Post” has a direct, fundamental message that is honest, but rarely expressed. We think it will resonate with everyone who has a disability. Don’t let the colorful and bold artwork fool you; the message here is clear – ‘don’t feel sorry for me – please take me as I am.’
I’ve been thinking a lot about bootstrap culture: that American ideal that anyone should be able to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” and succeed at anything. There’s a toxic root to the notion that we should all ascribe ourselves to impossible tasks. All of this affects life in a disabled body – a body that is constantly observed and assigned both too much expectation and little whatsoever.