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Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »


Abled people complain about disabled people needing accommodations, because “in the real world there are no accommodations”.

But abled people receive accommodations all the time. Cars are an accommodation for those who can’t run a steady speed of 60 mph. Stairs are an accommodation for those who can’t jump from one story to the next. Phones are an accommodation for those who can’t communicate telepathically. Calculators are an accommodation for those who can’t do large math problems in their head. Lights are an accommodation for those who can’t see in the dark. Stoves are an accommodation for those who can’t heat things with their eyes. Clocks are an accommodation for those who can’t tell what time it is just by the position of the sun. Jackets are an accommodation for those who are susceptible to frostbite when it’s cold. 

Abled people receive accommodations all the time, but since it’s considered socially acceptable to need those accommodations, they’re not considered accommodations. But imagine if you lived in a world where you needed those accommodations but most people didn’t. That’s what it feels like to be disabled.


Anonymous asked:

When referring to the disabled community in general, is it better to use "people with disabilities" or "disabled people"?

What you’re asking about is person-first language. People have different opinions, but from what I know, the best thing is usually to ask individual people how they identify.

Person first language has been discussed and written about a ton, so instead of me writing something new (and honestly, not as good - this isn’t something I discuss a lot so I don’t really have anything fresh to add) let me throw some links at ya:

Hope those help!! And thanks for asking - just the curiosity and interest in using the best word choice is important. If anyone else wants to chime in, please do!!

I’m writing a book!!

Some of you may remember that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to give myself more opportunities to be creative. My photo-a-day blog was a good outlet for a while, but it started to feel forced after a few months, and became more of a thing I HAD to do, rather than something I enjoyed. So I redesigned it and changed the URL and now it’s a book blog!

I’ve had the idea to write a book since I was 9 or so. Last week, I decided to finally put pen to paper (so to speak) and start writing the damn thing. I’ve been posting a lot of questions and thoughts on my personal Twitter, but I wanted one place that was dedicated to the book, where I could pose questions to friends and fellow writers, post updates, and possibly even share excerpts, if relevant.

I’d love for y’all to check it out and share it with any writers you know. The URL is The book is going to be YA fiction anddddd (spoiler?) I’m planning on writing in a disabled character, so I’ll DEFINITELY want your advice on how to make sure she’s represented right and not inspiration porn-y and just as badass as all of you lovelies!!

Yayyy for updates!

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