On Gaslighting

Disability & Determination

This is Wikipedia’s definition of the word “gaslighting” – a word that I never really knew the definition of before the past few years when it seemed to explode into the zeitgeist.

As a person living with a disability, I’ve had many experiences where people have not just minimized my experience, but have actually made me question my own thoughts and feelings about that experience. I think all of us in the disabled community have.

Our society constantly makes us think that if we get angry about the way someone treats us or if we ask for accessibility that the problem is us and not the other person.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve expressed my frustration with what someone has done or how I’ve been treated when it comes to my disability, only to have the other person dismiss it or try to give the other person…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com


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