Telling the story of disability
This poster considers the Disability March (https://disabilitymarch.com) as an example of counter-narratives presented during the Women’s March of January 2017. The Disability March emerged as a digital space where women with disabilities could voice their opposition to the Trump administration following the president’s inauguration. Although the Women’s March embraced principles of democracy and inclusivity, the protest by and large failed to include the voices of disabled women, many of whom were physically unable to participate in the march. The Disability March responded by encouraging women to put forward their own narratives. On its face, the website thus presents a contrast to recent discussions about disabled people like Serge Kovaleski—the reporter whom Trump mocked during his campaign and whose crippled body became the symbol of leftist outrage. Kovaleski had no voice, either while being mocked by Trump or while inspiring anger in left-wing circles. In contrast, the Disability March website allowed women to present their stories using self-selected images, identifiers, and text. This poster uses brief discourse analysis to examine these narratives, and further to consider how these stories push back against prevailing stereotypes about disability.