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Guest Post: We Laugh It Off

April 26, 2018

If you aren't familiar with the work of Jessica and Lianna of The Disabled Life, you're in for a treat. Their work of these delightful Canadian sisters illustrates everyday life from the perspective of a person with a disability. Relatable for others in similar circumstances, and hopefully enlightening for able-bodied viewers. Humor and art can be effective tools in empowering AND expanding understanding. Enjoy!

 
When you’re born with a physical disability, you’ll most likely experience awkward situations at one point or another, due to peoples’ lack of experience with said disability. Whether it be weird
comments, inaccessible places that claim to be accessible (thus ruining your night’s plans), or just dealing with realities that most people don’t have to face, life will throw you some curve balls (yay sports reference).

 

“But how do Jessica and Lianna of The Disabled Life deal with it” you probably didn’t ask?

 

Well we’ll tell you! We’d love to be able to say something really cool, like “oh we broke down barriers” or “we took on the entire anti-accessible establishment”. There are in fact people who do that on the daily (and we applaud you all). But sadly, being really polite Canadians who grew up with an empathetic perspective towards naive able-bodied folk, all we really do is laugh it off.