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April 17, 2007


Note to blogger:

If you want people to read your blog, try to keep each post down to a reasonable length.


Snort, obvously that first commenter has never visited your blog before!
Please do keep writing long, thought provocing posts. Because, as usuall, you gave me lots of stuff to think about...

Thank you.


Thank you for this, Lisa.

I like your long posts, but maybe I'm just weird that way.


I would have to say, note to commenter: read a different blog. I don't even mean this very snarkily, but if it doesn't work for him/her, move on.

I liked this post, and learned a lot. I don't know much about disability culture, so this is very interesting.


You've given me much to think about.
I have been working very hard to make sure my sons have access to both worlds. I know that they are overlooked and not invited because of their obvious issues. Sometimes people don't even give them a chance. They are great kids, just a little quirky. And who the heck isn't?
You bring up many points I need to think about. Thanks for being insightful. And long winded!


I think my long windedness has been an effective tool to keep out the riff raff. Tee hee.

I know its not for everyone, and that's fine, but I love that my regular readers/commenters have enough of an attention span to look at and comment on issues in depth. I have great readers!

Retired Waif

This is just lovely. Thank you.


This is an incredibly powerful and thoughtful essay.


Wow, wow, wow...

Lisa, thank you for this! I found it thought-provoking and well-written, tackling several different aspects of a challenging subject without too much qualifying/backtracking/
apologizing, etc.

I was an assistant with L'Arche Washington D.C. for years and these issues were always in the forefront-- which brings me to my next point---I appreciate the fact that you didn't "shy away" from the cognitively disabled in your discussion. Esp. because I noticed as I was reading that everything you had to say applied to so many people I know--- and yet too often this "sub-group" is pushed as far away as possible. In some ways this is understandable--- but anyway, thank you.

I do think, that perhaps using headings in bold for different aspects would better chop up the piece for those who may wish to read and are--- well, learning disabled/dyslexic or maybe ADD and really want to plow through this--- it might make it easier to organize cognitively and less intimidating. Just a thought. :)


I have been reading for almost a year and just thought I would comment.
I come here from time to time to see what you have written and I always go away with something to think about or identify with.

Keep up the long posts.


Great entry! Many, many points I would like to take up and respond to or embellish upon.

I'm going to link to this post on my blog at, and will probably make further comments in future entries on my site.

When I get a chance, I also want to link to your GREAT blog.



"We understand what it means to be human. What the essence of life is. Our inherent dignity is self-evident."

is meaty theological stuff. Your church should be begging you to lead an adult ed class on disability theology. Or preach some week at the very least. They have no clue what kind of incredible resource they have in you. But I guess that's kind of your point.

You make me want to take to the streets with a pitchfork, girlfriend.


This is an important post for me. I am newly publicly disabled. I have been disabled for a few years but have been struggling to meet the expectations of the people around me that I was 'getting better' or 'not doing that badly'. Now I have been dumped after 15 years by my fellow because I am 'so old and sick and my sickness makes me old'. Think I may be lucky to lose this guy? I think so. Anyway, the need to fight for my needs and dignity comes at a time when I have the fewest resources to do that and I am finding it too overwhelming to deal with. This post is one I need to read over and over to help me frame a way to move forward. Thanks for that. Also, we like you long and deep -- please don't change the way you blog.


I read this a week ago and have come back to it three or four times. Wow. Just, wow. Thank you - and please keep it long!


Thanks for the post, Lisa! I've added you to my blogroll. =)

Lucía Moreno Velo


I am the ND lesbian mother of a "temporarily disabled to 33%" 3yo girl. My wife and I are starting a new adoption. This time we are offering our family for a permanently disabled child with a "bigger" disability.

We've had a lot of the attitudes towards disabled people you have talked about in your post already, mostly by close friends and family. Some think we should not adopt a disabled child, as being disabled is "terribly sad", others think we are doing it to "punish" ourselves after the death of our son and think we need psyquitric help, others say we are soo brave, etc. My aunt went into raptures: "Go ahead! Make a difference! Adopt the child nobody wants!"

Interestingly, nobody thinks for our daugther as disabled, because her disability is invisible and because she's "gonna get well".

As a lesbian, I think I get what a disabled culture would be, although I don't really know about it.

I have been reading your blog for months now. I use it as a source of knowdlege about disability. I am preparing myself for my next adventure in motherhood and hope to raise my next child as well as I can.

Thank you for being here!
PS: have you considering writting a course on awareness and education on disability for ND people? I think you could sell it to schools, universities, churches, etc. I mean you ARE an advocate, might as well get paid for it.

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