My Essay “Speaking for Myself” in NeuroQueer Online

by Memoirs Of A Dead Woman

“It is way too easy for marginalized people to internalize the dominant cultural prejudices against them. Neurodivergent folk are subjected to both overt and unspoken prejudice against them in many forms, including ableism. And with that ableism comes a pressure to be “normal”: fake it until you make it, if you can. Why use a scooter sometimes, when you can walk? Why use a device to help yourself communicate when you need it, when you can speak “perfectly fine”? Heaven forbid you appear disabled!”

My essay, “Speaking for Myself: My Cognitive Style, Ableism, and Communication” was published today (February 24, 2015) in NeuroQueer online. Go read it. 🙂