- Katherine Qiao
ARE WE ALL DISABLED?
WRITING MINOR CAPSTONE FINAL PROJECT
Multimedia Narrative, Investigative Research, Website Design Project
Description: “Are We All Disabled” discusses an important flaw in logic in how we define a disability with sizable impact, and whether that definition is truly fair, compared to choices we make daily that may appear trivial, but are more similar to being “disabled” than we like to tell ourselves.
Writings: Narrative, research, argumentative
Media Used: Wix website platform, Wix Code Corvid, HTML, Adobe Photoshop
Research: Various information hubs into mental health
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a certified study on mental health and disability, but rather a focus on individual experiences and interpretation within the scope of an extensive university capstone project.
Excerpt: "For a spectrum disability, the process is even harder to explain. The development is invisible. The ripple effects may also be invisible. Or they're very visible, but since the process is invisible, the logical connection between the invisible disability and the falling dominos of symptoms is difficult for other people to understand. Other people don't know it's because of your disability. Even if they do know it exists, they can't fully understand how far the consequences reach. Seeing is believing. If you can't see it, you might not believe it. Even if you believe it, you can't understand it as well. Empathizing is not the same thing as sympathizing. If it’s a disability you can see, you end up defining that person for who they are simply by their disability. Often, you make it bigger than them. But for an invisible disability, you believe it smaller than it actually is. And that makes it harder for me, for all of us, in all these small ways you may never notice."