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I'm Not Your Inspiration

A Positive Attitude Is Much More Than A Smile

Christie Taylor | Posted 09.15.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPeople with positive attitudes get mad, just like anyone else, and they don't spend their days with a smile plastered on their faces covering up their frustrations. A positive attitude is someone who is proactive, who finds a desire within themselves to create positive change.

How I Found Inspiration In The Typical

Christie Taylor | Posted 09.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWil is not typical because he has 47 chromosomes, while all the other children in his classroom have 46. In other words, Wil has Down syndrome, and his classmates do not. Seeger is not typical, because it's not common to hear kids share these everyday types of conversations with Wil.

I Look At You, And I Am Inspired Only For My Son

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.13.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Seidman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI find inspiration in teens and adults with cerebral palsy doing everyday things. If I saw an adult with cerebral palsy in a pool swimming, I'd be psyched. I am inspired because of the hope they give me that Max will do the same when he is older.

My Daughter's Disability Does Not Make Her Inspirational

Jess Wilson | Posted 09.10.2014 | TED Weekends
Jess Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBrooke is not inspiring because she is autistic. She is inspiring because she lives her life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance.

"Inspiration Porn" Objectifies People With Disabilities

Ellen Painter Dollar | Posted 09.10.2014 | TED Weekends
Ellen Painter Dollar

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdmire me for what I do -- for writing well, raising decent kids or having a lovely garden. But don't admire me just for existing, just because I live a mostly unremarkable life with scars and a limp and a history of dozens of broken bones.

Leveling The Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young And The Dangers Of "Inspiration Porn"

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 09.10.2014 | TED Weekends
Erin M. Kelly

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen you do something unexpected or out of the ordinary, it rarely starts out as such. You do it because you want to or because it could lead to a better way of life. You're not thinking about the lasting impact it may or may not have on people, or how they will react to your decision to do something crazy.

WATCH: This May Be The Single Greatest Lie We've All Been Sold About Disability

TEDTalks | Posted 09.10.2014 | TED Weekends

Being disabled doesn't automatically make you a noble inspiration to all humanity, says Stella Young. In this very funny talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."