Author Archives: Kevin Schaefer

Let’s end the infantilization of people with disabilities

“Hey, buddy, don’t get a speeding ticket!” “When was his last X-ray?” “Oh, wow, you work!” For whatever reason, society loves to infantilize disabled people. It’s practically a hobby for some people, be they medical professionals or middle-aged pedestrians looking to test their comedy skills when they see a…

SMAers are worth more than a stare

People-watching is one of my favorite things to do at Disney World. It’s a free and accessible activity, and it comes with more surprises than any of the hundreds of rides at the parks. Whereas “It’s a Small World” gets repetitive after a while, observing the public pitfalls…

Having creative outlets sustains me in life with SMA

Actor Ethan Hawke has a TED Talk titled “Give yourself permission to be creative.” In it, he speaks not just to professional and aspiring artists, but to every person’s need for human expression. He talks about how creativity exists in things like leadership, and how embracing our…