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Ace Week

October 27th, 2021 An Interview with Megan Snyder for Disabled Ace Day

In this series, we interview a variety of Disabled Aces with diverse backgrounds in honor of #DisabledAceDay and in conjunction with Ace Week.

In this interview, we’re delighted to hear from Megan Snyder of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! We’re thankful she contributed to this interview series along with so many wonderful Disabled Aces

Please introduce yourself! How do you identify in terms of asexuality, disability, passions, professions, or anything else you’d like to share with us? 

My name is Megan. I’m 28 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy. I have Epilepsy. Currently, I tutor English/Reading, Student Success (Study Skills Organization), and Career Help. (Resume work and job search)

Megan: a smiling white person with short wavy ginger hair visible from the chest up. Megan wears a sky-blue button up shirt and string necklace, and is in front of a set of blurry trees.

How do your asexual and disabled identities interact with one another and what unique challenges have you faced while living at this intersection? 

I have found out that being ace and disabled often means that people think that I identify as ace because of my disability, while that is simply not the case.

Have you personally experienced any ableism from within the asexual or other LGBTQ2IA+ communities?

No.

Have you personally experienced any acephobia from the disability community?

Well, being ace is just a valid identity as any. Asexuality is not because of my disability.

What advice do you have for folks who wish to become better allies to disabled aces?

Extend grace and kindness to all. You don’t know what others are going through. See someone as ace and disabled; however, view them as a person first. Don’t identify them purely in a manner that does not use people-first language.

Shameless self-promotion time! Do you have a business, project, artwork, or other content we should know about? Give us those links!

I currently work as a tutor on Wyzant

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