three by two

I thought it might be interesting to share a little about my disabilities by doing a couple of top 3’s, so here goes…

Karen in the middle of co-facilitating a workshop. She's wearing glasses and a black dress, and holding a marker.

Top 3 things I need others to know about my disabilities

  1. At times I have problems with memory and processing speed. Give me time and the information I need and I will catch up fairly quickly. My brain is a powerhouse once you get past the brain fog!
  2. My intentions are often more than my body can handle. As much as I’d LOVE to work on inclusion 24/7 I just can’t. At the moment 20-24 hours per week is what I am able to do and still achieve high quality work. I need to schedule in plenty of time to rest and recuperate.
  3. I’ve only considered myself disabled for around 5 years now and my main chronic condition is degenerative and changes all the time. This means that I’m not always sure what supports or adjustments I will need on any day. I can also be too determined to appear like everyone else, to my detriment. Working on that!

Top 3 benefits my disabilities give my work

  1. Lived experience! Add that to my 30+ years of working with people with disabilities and my kids having autism and social communication disorder, and I see things from a dodecagon of angles ! (a dodecagon is a 12 sided shape, and possibly a slight exaggeration, maybe)
  2. My neurodiverse brain helps me create inclusive written information and design. If I can’t understand the message at a glance, or within the first sentence or two, it’s really not inclusive. I actually had no idea until last year that the way my brain works isn’t the same for everyone!
  3. A less well-travelled perspective. Having a combination of invisible disabilities; being a single mum – these are things that are often overlooked when thinking of disability inclusion. Most people know about people in wheelchairs, people with autism and Down syndrome, and they know they need to keep an eye out for them. What about the hundreds of thousands of others, who you can’t see at a glance are disabled? This is where making everything you do as inclusive as possible is a winner!

What would you share about your disabilities?

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