I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing the one and only Maria Palacios: spoken word performer, poet, and ‘goddess on wheels.’ Maria is part of the incredible Sins Invalid family, and is a longtime disability activist (she was there at the Capitol Crawl!). She recently published her most recent book, Criptionary, which is available for purchase here. We had a highly entertaining conversation, discussing her activism, poetry, Frida Kahlo and crip pride. Enjoy.
The first rule of complimenting a disabled person: There’s no actual rule for what we will or should take as a compliment.
The second rule: If we don’t feel complimented by your compliment, don’t blame our attitude. Perhaps what you said doesn’t feel affirmative to everyone.
The third rule: It’s important for me, one person, to not write a list of rules that’s supposed to cover 20% of the U.S. population and millions worldwide. That’s why my first two rules seem wishy-washy. They’re more “perhapses” than “rules.”
What is the disability visibility project and how did it get started?
Disability Visibility Project: A Community Partnership with StoryCorps is a year-long grassroots campaign encouraging people with disabilities to record their stories at StoryCorps (3 locations: Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and a mobile tour) celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015.
As a public radio nerd, I love listening to NPR and one of my favorite segments on Morning Edition are stories from StoryCorps. Last year StoryCorps San Francisco had an event at the Contemporary Jewish Museum where they brought together the actual people featured in some of their most popular stories. At the event the presenter talked about community partnerships and it made me think about the disability community. I went up to someone from StoryCorps and asked whether they had any current community partnerships with a disability organization and they said no. I was really surprised since there’s such a rich disability community in the Bay Area. I thought this was a golden opportunity to do something.
Caitlin talks with filmmaker, activist and blogger, Cheryl Green about brain injury, the comedy satire film project ‘The Gab,’ her documentary ‘Who Am I To Stop It, the problems with disability awareness campaigns and much more. FYI, There are many F-bombs dropped so consider it NSFW.
In the spirit of access and inclusion that motivated this project, we’re pleased to offer a free, downloadable PDF copy of Criptiques. Enjoy.
This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about how some disabled people feel about being called inspirational. Some of us feel that it shows that people have lowered expectations for us when they call us inspirational or amazing for going about our daily lives with disabilities.
In collaboration with Cheryl Green
Alternate version with ASL interpretation