Out in the Open

After hiding cerebral palsy for a decade, woman uses visibility to blast disability myths

Kelly Douglas has cerebral palsy. But her symptoms are largely invisible, which gives her the ability to pass as someone without a disability. And she did just that for nearly a decade because she feared being defined by disability in the eyes of others. Douglas tells Piya how feeling complicit in maintaining disability myths eventually led her to come out about her CP.

Kelly Douglas used to fear being defined by disability in the eyes of others

Kelly Douglas (Submitted by Kelly Douglas)

This story was originally published on September 20, 2019.

Kelly Douglas has cerebral palsy. But her symptoms are largely invisible, which gives her the ability to pass as someone without a disability.

And she did just that for nearly a decade because she feared being defined by disability in the eyes of others.

Douglas tells Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay how feeling complicit in maintaining disability myths eventually led her to come out about her CP.


This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "Come to Pass".

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