Aimee Mullins on Disability and the Opportunity of Adversity

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Estee on 14-04-2010

Please watch this video on TED.com. “It’s how we meet adversity,” that matters. No matter what the challenge — autism, other disabilities, emotional struggles, we have opportunities when confronted with adversity. I was thrilled with this video as I try to convey the same not only in how I discuss autism and parenting my son, but also how I attempt to deal with emotional issues post-divorce. I certainly hope that I am conveying a similarity between autism and ‘disabling’ events in life under this umbrella. It is with adversity that we have many opportunities:

I am also posting this as I continue to wonder why schools are still averse to including autistic/disabled children in our schools and in our communities. I hope this helps change attitudes further. We can lift the lid. We have to work on showing teachers, schools and members of our communities just how to do it. But it starts with thoughts and words about how we view disability.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.