Stereotypically Able Movement–A Time of Change and Recognition

With the society we live in, stereotypes are everywhere we turn. Whether it be the popular girls being stereotyped as being “bitches” because of their social class, or jocks being stereotyped as “dumb”. One stereotype that really gets under my skin is that all disabled people are considered “dumb” or “retarded”.

For those of who know me, know I hate when I get put into a box or have people tell me what is best for me, or what they think is best for me without really knowing me as a person. Yes, I have cerebral palsy, and use a walker to help me walk, but that does not make me any less of a person. I have heard people flat out say that they feel sorry for the person because since they have a disability their life would be too hard, or that they cannot go for their dreams because of their disability. I could go on and on but I will save some more of those for future blog posts. I would rather focus on the positives that I have had in my life and focus on my goal of changing the stereotypes and stigmas that disabled people cannot live a life like “normal” people.

I was raised with two parents and a younger sister, as well as many friends who never let me believe that I could never do something. If I set my mind to something, they all supported me and would help give me the tools to accomplish them. When doctors told my parents right after I got diagnosed, at the age of three, that I may never walk, they looked at the doctor’s told them that that was bullshit and to just watch and that I would walk one day. And guess what? I did. It may have taken five years and I may have been very nervous and embarrassed by it, because it was different than everyone else, but the fact is that I conquered that obstacle and told the doctors what was up. Yes, I have been through hell and back with my cerebral palsy some days, but I fully believe that if there is no pain, there is no gain and that God helps those who help themselves.

My goal for this blog is to not only talk about my story of the roller coaster that is growing up with cerebral palsy, but first and foremost, bring to the surface the issue of stereotypes and stigmas that cloud over disabled people, whether it be on purpose, or just because. I say it needs to become a movement that everyone needs to get behind. So I ask you, who is with me to start making a difference? Let’s start thinking we are stereotypically able!

73 thoughts on “Stereotypically Able Movement–A Time of Change and Recognition

  1. I am soooo proud of you Katy!!! You go girl!!! You have always been able to accomplish anything that you wanted to do. Don’t let anyone stop you know.

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  2. Reblogged this on Stereotypically Able and commented:

    Hey everyone! So this week I surpassed 100 followers on my blog! Thank you all so much! Because I have such a following now (and growing) I would love to share my first blog post with all of you again and share my heart once more on the reason why I started this blog in the first place. Once again thank you! ❤ you all!


  3. Katy, your thoughts and words are spot on and fully appreciated. Humans are categorizers, we want to put people in a box so our brains can cope. We have to get out of that mode of thinking and use language to describe people not by what they have, but who they are. Wrong=Ronnie is Autistic. Right “This is Ronnie who has autism.”
    Our labeling practices need to be adjusted. My daughter graduates next week with a degree in Recreation Therapy, she deals with this all day long in this context. Rather than focusing on disabilities, she focuses on abilities. I really appreciate your voice and your blog. Keep them coming!!

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  4. I love this post, the direction you are headed, and I love you. We all need compassion, encouragement, and support. Keep showing people a better way, and maybe if enough of us do, something will change.

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  5. Katy, thank you for reblogging your 1st post, and congratulations on reaching 100 followers. I am honored to be a part of this #. This post is an excellent introduction to your blog.
    I get upset when I hear derogatory comments. How this must hurt yourself. I admire your strength so much, and love your positivity. You are a champion in my eyes.
    Keep going Katy. 🙂

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  6. I too am disabled, originally due to the severity of my mental illness. Then I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have been through the ringer with this disease, but today I am not disabled, I’m just differently-abled, and I live my life that way, to the best of my ability.

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  7. I admire your strength and tenacity and agree it’s wrong to label people with challenges in life. My children have some developmental disorders and I never say they’re disabled. They may have differences but I will advocate strongly for their success. 😊

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