Defying the stereotypes

Karen Killilea has two young women each side of her and a young man behind. They are all smiling at the camera.Personal stories are a good way of engaging with an issue. When it comes to disability there are many stories such as the one in the Washington Post. It tells the story of a woman who was born with cerebral palsy in 1940 and her life defying the stereotypes. This is at a time when people with disability were hidden away at home or in institutions. 

There are stories that many would consider inspirational just because the person with disability did everyday things. Stella Young calls this out as inspiring porn. Some stories should rightfully inspire, but in the right way. Seeing a black president of the United States, a woman prime minister, or a senator with disability can be important figures for younger people. They see what is possible – “you cannot be what you cannot see”. The story in the Washington Post is titled, Karen Killilea, whose story helped change views on cerebral palsy, dies at 80.

The Mighty Girls Facebook page is promoting a series of books about Karen Killilea written by her mother. They aim to encourage parents and children to defy the stereotypes that still exist today.