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Welcome to Skeptability!

Hello! In case you don’t know me, I’m Sarah, and I’ve been blogging for Skepchick for almost a year now. I’ve written about my disability a couple times before, and I’ve wanted to write about it more, but I’ve always worried about doing that. Will writing about it ruin my future career chances, publicly declaring that I’m disabled? Will people stop reading what I write if all I talk about is my disability, because it’s such a bummer? What if people start thinking every disabled person’s experience is like mine?

Of course, every disabled person’s experience is distinct. My disabilities are all invisible (meaning you can’t look at me and tell that I’m disabled), which means my experience is very different from someone who is visibly disabled (such as using a wheelchair or a cane), and yet still different from people who have other disabilities– for example, I don’t have any cognitive disabilities, like ADHD. There are so many issues related to disability that should be talked about…but I don’t have the personal experience that I think is necessary to talk about all of them.

Enter Skeptability! I’m very excited to be leading this team of disability activists and to have a space where we can discuss issues in depth in a skeptical, intersectional way. There are so many things we can talk about! Let’s debate the social model of disability versus the medical model! Let’s criticize the healthcare industry without resorting to pseudoscience! Let’s talk about how class, race, and gender intersect with disability issues! We’re not all going to agree on every issue, and I think that’s great.

I want to give special thanks to Rebecca, who was so supportive and helpful throughout the whole process of setting up this sister site, and to Chris Hofstader, who went through all the work of making sure the site is accessible.

I look forward to watching this community discuss, debate, and grow. I hope you’re as excited about Skeptability as I am!

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Sarah is a feminist, atheist vegan with Crohn’s Disease, and she won’t shut up about any of those things. You really need to follow her on Twitter (and probably Google+, just to be safe).

7 Comments

  1. May 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm —

    Hooray! Welcome to the family, Skeptability! I can’t wait to see what the writers here have to say. 🙂 Thanks for working so hard to get this up and running, Sarah.

  2. May 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm —

    I am so glad you want to talk about the disabilities people never see! I have Grave’s Disease and you cannot tell by looking at me, but I am a walking health nightmare because of it. I am tired all the time, my body is in constant pain, and I will be on medication for the rest of my life from Grave’s destroying my thyroid.

    I look forward to reading your posts!

  3. May 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm —

    Hi! I’m one of the writers over at School of Doubt and I’ve just put up a short post to advertise Skeptability. I hope that we can get a good bit of cross-site discussion going, since disability issues have a massive impact throughout education. I’m looking forward to reading your site as it grows!

    • May 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm —

      Alasdair, thank you for the signal boost! I’ll be talking about education and accessibility for cognitive disabilities a lot on here (I graduated from college a few days ago and I have ADHD and executive function issues). I’ll be sure to check out what is going on at School of Doubt.

  4. May 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm —

    Thank you for starting this site. It will be nice to be able to talk about issues related to having one’s life bent all to hell by a disability without keeping my guard up. There’s great support available all over the internet for people with disabilities in general, and communities of folks with particular ones, but then people start talking about how you should try this herb concoction or buy that book, and have you tried having energy work done?

    I hope it won’t be considered spamming if I leave a link to the Quackcast site. It’s an incredibly snarky podcast in which an infectious disease specialist (MD) takes apart many of the spurious claims made by the “supplements, complementary and alternative medicine (SCAM)” folks. I’m not affiliated with Dr. Crilisp, his podcast, or his site. I do apologize if you don’t want people posting links, or if absolutely everybody already knows about the Quackcast.

    Again, thank you for starting this site. I look forward to getting to know y’all and to waxing on and on about how normal people have no idea of my suffering in spite of the fact that I never shut up about it.

    Danny Wade
    Las Cruces, NM

  5. May 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm —

    Sorry, forgot the link: http://edgydoc.com/references/

  6. May 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm —

    Thanks for offering this blog! I have several serious chronic medical conditions….all physical, all invisible…though I do use a cane part of the time and on bad days the electric grocery store carts. But mostly, I get the “but you look so good!” comments a lot. And I get real real tired of all the quackery thrown at me. Will look forward to reading your blog! Right now, I have an issue with the City of Portland, Oregon and its changing regulations on handicapped placards. In the past, ALL people with disabled placards could park free with no time limits in downtown metered parking. Starting July 1st this year, ONLY people that use wheelchairs will be able to park free for unlimited time. What’s the problem, you might ask? Well, first, it discriminates against a class of disabled people …. those of us with “invisible” disabilities who are NOT regular wheelchair users. Second, frankly it is such an ordeal to find ANY parking spots downtown, one often has to park a long walk from their destination. So now, I will feed the meter, but have to return again to feed it….which in my case can mean a long long painful walk with the potential for my lung function to suddenly worsen (I have lung AND orthopedic issues, plus a few others….). Ironically, if someone is using an electric wheelchair, or has good enough lung function for a manual chair, or has someone to push them in a wheelchair, they could return to a meter a lot quicker and easier than I can!! I have e-mailed appropriate city agencies, notified news sources, etc., to no avail. Lots of others with “invisible” disabilities are also upset about this law change here. I rarely go downtown, and that will now even become rarer! Sorry for the rant.

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