Dressing trendy to fight stereotypesApr 19 07:42
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1. Kelly N | Apr 20 04:13
Great point! I completely agree. It goes along with the notion that we're always having to "prove ourselves," prove our worth per say, to avoid pity as much as possible and to avoid playing into the stereotype. One of the stereotypes is of course that our lives are very basic at best, very low quality at worst.
2. Tiffiny | Apr 22 01:08
Its so hard not to take it personally too. After being paralyzed 18 yrs, it still infuriates me to no end.
3. Joe | Apr 29 02:55
Totally. Giving in to chothing stereotypes is just another way of letting your disability define you. No good. Check out Tiffany. She is in a wheelchair and always looks like a rockstar. As a pusher of wheelchair sports and breaking barriers, I am onboard.
4. Tiffiny | May 02 04:30
@joe: let's see some pics of your outfits!
5. AZ River Girl | Sep 26 11:23
I absolutely agree with this. My disability DOES NOT define me, nor should it. I am employed by the Federal government (civilian service), and consequently wear a uniform at work-- the typical "green suit" just like everybody else. I am not a "charity hire"- I was and am qualified for my job. You should see the looks that I get from some of the visiting public!!Sometimes it's almost a 'game' I play with some people-- whether they notice the uniform or the chair first?
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.