Author: Maryam

Maryam is a writer, freelance journalist, jazz singer, disability activist and a Gemini Vegetarian in the words of Elle Woods. Right now she would like to be in Venice sipping an Aperol Spritz or swimming in the sea anywhere. She is an INFP who loves origami and reading beautiful books when she should be writing. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Law in Maynooth, focusing on Disability Law and Media Policy. She holds a BA in English from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Journalism from TUD. She is a member and previous staff member of Independent Living Movement Ireland. You can also find her engaging in discussions on spirituality and mental health with her Baba here, having girl chats with her disabled BFF here, and talking about the heavier issues of politics and disability with her co-founders of Turning Tide Media here.

The Disabled Body Beautiful

The following article originally appeared in the ILMI E-Bulletin on October 2, 2020. “I am never going to conform to society’s requirements and I’m thrilled because I am blissfully released from all that crap. That’s the liberation of disfigurement.” -From…

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Dear Late Late Toy Show: We Need to Talk About Disability

Image shows promotional picture of Ryan Tubridy for the Toy Show 2020

The following was written in response to the Toy Show 2020 This year’s Toy Show was perhaps the most uplifting and successful in living memory; this year more than any other, the nation was hungry for a boost of optimism…

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#Notawitch More Prevalent Than You Think

The following piece originally appeared in the ILMI E-Bulletin on November 13th 2020 Photo shows Anne Hathaway in the The Witches (2020) and Emily Cascarino as Nessarose in Wicked the Musical. I have to admit, the #notawitch controversy surprised me….

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