"I could no longer see myself represented in the books I was consuming. The act of reading, which once had the ability to soothe my soul and make me feel heard, was actually making me feel even more alienated.
The portrayals of disability that I was reading about didn’t at all translate into what I was going through, and it made me feel as though my own lived experiences were… wrong. That I was somehow 'Doing Disability Wrong'.
... Since then I’ve found real comfort in reading non-fiction narratives andaccounts specifically from disabled voices. Even when their lived experiences don’t reflect my own, I feel a remarkable sense of validation in knowing that their stories have been heard, that their voices can and do reach people outside of the disability community too." - Pippa Stacey from It's Time We Celebrated Disabled & Chronically Ill Voices