From Where I Sit


From Where I Sit by Kathy Bates offers an informative, honest, and sometimes deeply personal look into the world of disability. The topics Kathy writes about are not just disability issues; they are timely and relevant community issues. It is her hope that this blog will encourage the understanding that disability never discriminates, and it touches us all sooner or later.

Now Featuring "Ask Kathy"

I became a blogger in February 2016 when “From Where I Sit” began. I have researched and written on many disability-related topics, including disability rights, representation, language, pride, identity, and more! I have learned a lot from all of this blogging. But now I want to hear from you, my readers. What’s on your mind?

Today, the world population is over eight billion people, and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world's population, live with some form of disability; 80 percent live in developing countries. - United Nations
In this post, Kathy talks about two very important initiatives of the United Nations: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)... Learn More
In this post, Kathy answers a question about accessible voting in New Hampshire. Learn More
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -- Anne Frank
In this post, you will meet Bodhi Bhattarai, a 9 year-old disability rights advocate who has spinal muscular atrophy. Learn More
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides diverse learners with opportunities to grow, while building skills in empathy and acce... Learn More
Here is a list of five people that I think have been extremely important to the disability rights movement and my thoughts about underrepresentation. Learn More
July is Disability Pride month, which also commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Whether you grew up with a disabilit... Learn More
Kathy Bates explores the belief that people who have disabilities should take an active role in the management of organizations with a disability clie... Learn More
Could tell me what the phrase “Nothing about us, without us” means, and how it pertains to schools and school policies? Learn More
April was autism awareness month. My friend and colleague Amy Frechette who works at the Institute on Disability has Asperger’s Syndrome. We decided t... Learn More
Could you tell me one way art teachers (in any medium) could continue to make sure their classrooms are inclusive, accessible environments for student... Learn More