December Disability Roundup

It’s the last day of December, and the last day of 2020, so it’s time for the disability roundup.

The old year will not be missed. I’m looking forward to vaccines, a competent presidency, and hopefully some better career opportunities for myself. As we bid 2020 goodbye, let’s take a moment to appreciate a few of the quality blog posts shared this December.

Here are a few important topics that disabled and ally bloggers touched on this month.

Everyday Life

Good and Bad Gift Ideas for Migraineurs (My Rockin Disabled Life)

Calming environments and lots of rest are essential for people who live with migraines. Sarah shares some excellent gift suggestions with that in mind!

My Experiences in Disability Sport – Part 1: Beginning to Train and Compete (Natalie Williams)

Natalie, a young woman with dyspraxia and cerebral palsy, writes about participating in a disability sports program as a child. Her personal story highlights the importance of programs that center on kids with disabilities.

Helping the Blind One at the Holiday Gathering (Challenge Solutions)

Navigating parties can be a little tricky for blind people. These 5 tips help you know how to make life easier for a blind friend or family member.

5 Tips for How to Cope With Chronic Illness (Lyla Stone)

The onset of chronic illness can shatter your plans for life. Lyla Stone offers advice for picking up the pieces and coping with your new reality.

Understanding Disability

I Am a Person, But My Identity Comes First (Kian Hall)

Person-first language isn’t for everyone. Kian explains the preference for identity-first language as a way to rebel against stigma and assert one’s identity.

Understanding social anxiety and social power (Nyteshade)

Social events that sound like fun to the average person aren’t necessarily fun for everyone. This piece encourages people to remember this fact and be considerate.

Autistic Anxiety (Autistic Science Person)

Being “confident” in social situations can be tricky for people on the spectrum, since it’s hard for them to judge social situations. This writer shares a simple piece of advice: instead of trying harder and harder to blend in until you’re exhausted, remember that you’re disabled and that it’s okay to have limitations.

#SiblingsDontSuffer from Down Syndrome (me)

Here’s one from me. After the show Emmerdale suggested that a child with Down syndrome might be a burden on their siblings, I decided to investigate the facts. Feel free to take a look at what I found.

Poetic Writing

And the rain comes tumbling down (World’s Okayest Expert)

Usually, I recommend posts for their content. This one, however, is just a work of art. If you like to read beautiful, imagery-rich writing, take a minute or two to sit with this.

Living Without a Diagnosis (Lizzy’s Life and Peevs)

Lizzy’s piece highlights the stress and confusion that comes from living with an undiagnosed condition. The ability to describe a disability is so important, and being undiagnosed robs people of that.

What Have You Read?

What disability-related blog posts have you enjoyed this month? Share them here! Show off your own writing or share appreciation for a friend. (You don’t need to be shy!)

We’ve gotten through another month together. Let’s hope the next month is a good one!

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