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Rebekah  Taussig

Rebekah Taussig

Author & Educator

Biography

Rebekah Taussig is a Kansas City writer and teacher with her doctorate in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies. She’s spent most of her life immersed in the world of writing and reading – as a student, teacher, and author – because she believes the words we use and the stories we tell matter. Read More >

She’s especially invested in the experience of marginalized identities and creating a more inclusive world together and for all of us. She’s held talks and workshops at the University of Michigan, Davidson College, and Yale University, and her writing appears in publications from TIME to Design*Sponge.

Released by HarperOne in August 2020, her memoir in essays, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body provides an honest portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.

She also runs the Instagram platform @sitting_pretty, where she crafts “mini-memoirs'' to contribute nuance to the collective narratives being told about disability. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: The Complications of Kindness

On Disability and Body Neutrality | Feisworld

On the Americans with Disabilities Act

Art Works Podcast | National Endowment for the Arts

Speech Topics

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body

Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), inspirational (Helen Keller), or angelic (Forrest Gump). None of this felt right; and as she got older, she longed for more stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling. In her inspiring presentations, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life. Rebekah challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.