Social skills for autonomous people: Remembering that people with disabilities have always existed



Content warning: This post talks about institutionalization in graphic terms. Proceed with caution.

Sometimes people say things like this:

  • “When I was a kid, no one had all these learning disabilities and syndromes!”
  • “We’re all so much sicker these days. I never heard of all these diseases…

This is important, and also:

-People with invisible disabilities are a lot more able to talk about them (especially online, but to some degree off) than they used to be.  I describe myself as a person with dyspraxia on Tumblr because I feel safe doing so; when I was younger, I did my damndest to pass for “normal” and never mentioned my diagnosis in public.

-More disabilities are formally recognized these days.  People with dyspraxia have always existed, but used to be just considered hopelessly clumsy/awkward/incompetent, rather than diagnosed and given accommodations and access to therapy.

That too.