Some advice on writing a character with a disability

All folks with disabilities experience a lot of social violence. It’s part of the background of everyday life.

When you write characters with disabilities, it’s important to include social violence as part of their reality. It’s also important not to attribute it to their disability. (Eg: being tripped isn’t something that happens to folks because they’re blind. It’s something that happens to folks because other people are horrible.)

Social violence doesn’t have to be the main point of the story. It’s actually important that it not always be the main point. We do things other than be disabled and get discriminated against.

But the reality of social violence needs to be there. Because it always is. And you can’t write your character right without acknowledging that.