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Guest blog post: Invisibility and Disability

Cheryl Green is a media partner of the Disability Visibility Project. She’s also a writer, director, filmmaker and founder of StoryMinders. StoryMinders provides education and advocacy through film by and about people with brain injury.

Here is an excerpt from Lash & Associates Publishing’s blog:

Is a brain injury really invisible? Depends on who you ask.

You know how people sometimes refer to traumatic brain injury as a silent epidemic? And you could say disabilities from brain injury are invisible. No one can actually see your brain in action in everyday life. For those of us living with effects from brain injury in ourselves or someone close, we know it’s not so invisible or silent. Spend one day in my house, and you’ll observe me working from three calendars that don’t match and going up and down the stairs trying to figure out what I was looking for (a nap). It’s pretty visible. But sure, I try to hide some things in public because people make fun of me and my newer quirks.

Many of my peers wish they had something visible like a wheelchair so others would know to be accommodating. But no one manufactures outside-the-head brain wheelchairs. So we move forward knowing that people can’t see what’s really up when we struggle. Sometimes, they don’t even believe we did something ourselves when we succeed. Places like support groups and even this blog help us find a place to really talk about what’s going on with other people who can relate directly. We meet each other and see how there really are a lot of us. We also share different ways to have self-pride, advocate for ourselves, and talk openly about our wants and needs. These things help make invisible struggles more understandable to others.

For the rest of the blog post: http://www.lapublishing.com/blog/2014/tbi-invisibility-disability/

More information on Cheryl Green

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylgreenstoryminders

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CherylVerde

StoryMinders

StoryMinders: http://storyminders.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryMinders

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/storyminders

Who Am I To Stop It

Who Am I To Stop It: http://whoamitostopit.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhoAmIToStopIt

 Do you have a story you’d like to share? Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?

Email Alice: DisabilityVisibilityProject@gmail.com

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