‘It’s just part of my identity’: Narratives and misconceptions surrounding disability

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“People's first thoughts about disability often are to feel pity, to see disability as tragic in nature, or in need of someone's constant assistance. People are always underestimating my abilities,” says author Chloé Jones. Photo by Shutterstock

Jonathan Bastian talks with Chloé Jones, journalist, philosopher, and author of “Easy Beauty,” who challenges our assumptions about what it means to be physically disabled. In her book, Jones explores how natural aesthetic beauty has helped her confront her own identity and shift the way she views herself and the world around her. Later, Shailen M. Singh, Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, & Leadership Studies at Texas State University, talks about some of the challenges raising a disabled child and how parents can help empower their children to be defined for who they are instead of who they are not. 

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Andrea Brody