When I was trying to come up with names for this blog I was finding extremely challenging. As funny as it sounds, I didn’t want my site (which is centred around disability) to sound “too disabled”. This way of thinking is courtesy of my inner ableist.
Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities or who are perceived to have disabilities. Ableism characterizes persons as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled.
It’s counterintuitive to think of a person with a disability having an ableist mindset, but, in most cases, I am my own worst enemy.
I was throwing around some potential name ideas with my family, when I said, “spastic but fantastic!” Having spastic Cerebral Palsy myself, I thought it was hilarious, and we all had a good laugh. A few seconds later my mom says, “Can’t you be both spastic and fantastic?” That’s when it hit me that my inner ableist was telling me that my disability was taking away from my fantasticalness. In order to show others (and myself) that greatness can coincide with disability and not in spite of it, I knew that this was the name.