Despite having a disability, Stella Young is here to tell you that being disabled does not make one exceptional. In a humorous and candid discourse for TED Talks, Young reveals how sometimes well-meaning inspirational messages may encourage able-bodied people at the risk of objectifying disabled people. Young discusses how disabled persons are not recognized as real people but are just there to serve as objects of inspiration. She encourages others not to have low expectations and to value disabled people’s genuine achievements. Young was more than just a person born with osteogenesis imperfecta; she was a teacher, a disability advocate, a comedian, and writer. She passed away at age 32.


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  • Read Stella's letter to her 80-year-old self.
  • Learn more about osteogenesis imperfecta here.
  • To find your inspiration, celebrate people's genuine achievements.

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