by David-Elijah Nahmod
She explains why she chose to share the story of Lexie, her college caregiver.
“It was a profound relationship that took place at a critical juncture in my life,” she said.
“We all enjoy reminiscing about our college days, and I simply can’t separate that experience from the relationship I had with Lexie.
I also wanted to write about a rite of passage that was perhaps a little less obvious than something like first love or losing one’s virginity.”
And what advice does Johnson-Wright offer to other disabled people?
“Don’t hide, don’t try to pass for non-disabled,” she says. “If someone makes you feel inferior for having a disability, get the hell away from them. Hang out with kind, good hearted, nurturing people. Stay away from manipulators and abusers. Find out what you’re good at, discover your passion, and follow it. Find your disability identity and be proud.”
The anthology Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities is available now on Amazon and other retailers.
David-Elijah Nahmod is an award-winning film critic and celebrity interviewer. You can find him on Twitter and on Facebook.
Photo: Carl Kerridge