Rethinking disability

"I’ve accepted my disability, but lately I’ve wondered: could I also celebrate it?" Guest host Christa Couture explores loving her differences on the summer edition of Tapestry.
Guest host Christa Couture asks "Where to begin when it comes to celebrating my disability?" (Jen Squires)

Twenty-five years have passed since my left leg was amputated above the knee, and it's been a long process of adapting. I've accepted my disability, but lately I've wondered: could I also celebrate it?

As guest host of Tapestry, I got to dig into this question with two writers I admire:

Eli Clare, whose book Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling With Cure changed the way I think about ableism (and myself).​

And Kaleigh Trace, author of Hot, Wet and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex. It was in that book that I first encountered the idea of celebrating my disabled body.​

I also chatted with Luke Anderson, whose StopGap Foundation is working to help all of us identify and address barriers in public spaces.​

— Christa Couture

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