Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

The faces you see in your everyday life ultimately define what you see as normal, says Jordan Nicholson, a Getty Images photographer. People with disabilities like myself make up 20% of the population. But many people with disabilities say that for decades, they've felt invisible as if they were hidden in plain sight. Only infrequently do our images show up on television and film, in advertisements or in catalogs-and when we do, are often tinged with a sappy sort of inspirational-ism that some people in the disability community refer to as disability inspo. (Translation: It makes others feel good while completely ignoring the fact that we want to be treated like people first.) Applauding us when we do what other abled bodies do every day gives the impression that we are largely incapable, while the opposite is quite true. Read More

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