Disabled And Here

Disabled And Here Collaborators

  • A Black person with black lipstick and pointed modified teeth looks at the camera while holding a bouquet.

    April 16, 2021

    Interview with Jonathan

    “...art and writing became a way for me to process the things I couldn’t or didn’t know how to talk about, and now I use it to imagine what futures without oppression might feel like. If ableism, racism and transphobia didn’t exist—how might we get there together?”

  • A Black woman with long braided ombre pink hair smiles at the camera.

    April 9, 2021

    Interview with Aisha

    “I live a lot inside my head - sometimes too much - so I feel like a lot of emotion bleeds into my work, though I can’t really say a lot of my work is introspective. I create art to escape. It’s only really recently that I feel like I’ve put more of myself in my work.”

  • Illustrated avatar of a Black person with short hair, glasses, and a green sweater.

    April 2, 2021

    Interview with Sherm

    “Public transportation that goes all over! Free fare! Transit centers with amenities like food vendors, bathrooms, and lots of seating. Super wide sidewalks and streets made for pedestrians. Absolutely everything: color coded. Androids are also a necessity.”

  • An East Asian person smiles while framing their chin with their hands and closing their eyes.

    March 26, 2021

    Interview with Dana

    “Of course, as much as my art is a place to process trauma and subvert marginalization, it’s also a place to avoid all of that and just draw meaningless shit to make me happy. Sometimes it’s not about making a statement — sometimes it’s just about coping.”

  • A Filipino person wearing glasses and a bandana smiles at the camera.

    March 19, 2021

    Interview with Campbell

    “I want to work on a project that I needed when I was younger. Whether it’s comic work or illustration series or something completely different...I want to work in diverse stories and put my true self in them to reach out to those who have always felt like they didn’t quite fit in.”

  • A Black woman with long braided hair smiles at the camera.

    March 12, 2021

    Interview with Dominique

    “...sometimes if I’m down, but I still want to draw, the expressions of the colors won’t be as vibrant. When I’m in a good mood, I love to use bright vibrant colors and give my character big smiles and bright eyes to match.”

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

    November 27, 2019

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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. When I get too tired or weak to work or socialize, I take breaks.”

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

    October 24, 2019

    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

    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

    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

    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.”

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