Interviews

  • A Black non-binary person sits in front of a yellow backdrop with their arms crossed and resting on their cane.

    November 27, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Leila

    “Because body modification is a pre-colonial art and based in self-reclamation, it is most precious to people whose bodies are under constant scrutiny and policing from multiple oppressive entities on systemic, cultural and interpersonal levels.”

  • A Black woman wearing a head scarf sits on a rooftop deck, smiling and looking off to the side.

    November 21, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Rachelle

    “The barriers that people put in place, whether they’re intentional or unintentional, cause the disability. Sure, some of us are born different, but what causes the inability to interact with society is simply because [non-disabled people] adjusted the entire world to [their] liking.”

  • An Indigenous Two-Spirit person with a prosthetic leg standing in front of a vine-covered red wall.

    November 14, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Sky

    “The greatest way someone could support me would be to decolonize your ways of thinking and moving through the world. It would be extremely helpful if you called out someone’s behavior when they’re saying something racist or bigoted of any kind.”

  • A Black non-binary person stands outside a cafe with their leopard print cane.

    November 7, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Galadriel

    “I think a lot of people, me included, tend to focus on production as a means of determining worthiness. We’ll tell ourselves we’ll reward ourselves with an activity we love only once we’ve done all our chores or completed some huge project, but really letting ourselves enjoy what we love can help build capacity for doing all our required work.”

  • A Filipinx woman sits and pauses while writing in her notebook.

    October 31, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Luann

    “With the new lupus diagnosis, I am now much more attuned to my needs in ways that I never bothered to pay attention to before.”

  • A South Asian person sits in a wheelchair and gazes off-camera.

    October 24, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Sophia

    “A space that does not explicitly welcome Black, Indigenous, People of Color (or disabled BIPOC) is not an accessible space for all. The University of Oregon needs to continue making strides to honor and include BIPOC, not maintain oppressive structures.”

  • A Black woman smiles and has her arms crossed in front of a foliage wall.

    October 17, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Tonya

    “As my toddler becomes more active, my fear is always he will take off somewhere dangerous where I can’t run fast enough to get to him. But overall, it hasn’t been as hard as one might imagine. I haven’t had too many people question my ability to be a parent, I guess for the most part because they see me as mobile.”

  • A Black woman drapes a Pride flag across her shoulder.

    June 25, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Bemnia

    “People treat diagnosis like it’s everything and if you don’t have a diagnosis, that means you don’t have [a disability]. It’s like: no, my symptoms didn’t all suddenly disappear just because you haven’t been able to come to a consensus on what to call this.”

  • A Black non-binary person holds a cane and vape pen.

    June 18, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Mallory

    “One of the biggest misconceptions that I run across is people thinking that all autistic people are the same. I think those misconceptions are rooted in how little we’re allowed to participate in media about us. There’s a very narrow view perpetuated by films and television that most, if not all of us, are savants.”

  • A Black woman in a black and pink power wheelchair.

    June 11, 2019

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Moranda

    “Disabled people can and do maintain healthy relationships, and have sex! We have the same wants and desires as anyone else.”