Happy Women's History Month! We are so excited to celebrate all of the amazing girls and women in our community and around the world. For Marcfirst, of course we want to look at the intersections between developmental disabilities and femininity, too!
Judith Heumann in the documentary "Crip Camp", photo from the New York Times
How do women who also have disabilities experience the world, and how can we better understand these experiences to sympathize, relate, and show our love? A great example is this Ted Talk featuring Judith Heumann titled, "Our Fight for Disability Rights--And Why We're Not Done Yet"! Judith is a disability rights activist from the United States who is recognized for her work internationally. Let's see what she has to say about her experiences!
Judith is a truly incredible woman--it is easy to admire her grit, effective arguments, and storytelling abilities. She does a great job framing how things used to be for people with disabilities compared to how they are today, while still emphasizing how much work there is to be done! We would love to hear what you think about her story and history of activism.
"Disability is a family you can join at any point in your life."Judith Heumann
Check out our recommended books for stories about/created by women living with varying disabilities! This is a great way to foster awareness and understanding for different abilities, body types, and life experiences. Get excited to do some reading, and as usual, check out the children's books, too!
About the Author:
Marissa is a graduate student at Illinois State University and has decided to create blogs for Marcfirst in the coming months to build awareness about important topics. Marissa has a background in women’s and gender studies, and uses this to locate high-quality research and understand diverse points of view that she herself can never fully experience.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are Marissa’s and do not necessarily represent the official views of Marcfirst.
Welcome to Lifelong Access.
You may know us as Marcfirst, but we've recently undergone a name change. Why? Because in every phase of life, it’s never a question of if we helped. It’s how we help that truly counts. And how much we helped. Because our clients never outgrow us. And, we never outgrow them. Hence, our new name: Lifelong Access.