The Mighty, a content site catering to parents and families of disabled and chronically ill people, has been criticized repeatedly in the disability community for its continuous publication of mocking, demeaning, or “inspiration porn”-y stories that are, like so many things about disability, about us without us.
This time, the outcry addressed a piece by a parent of an autistic child, called “Introducing: Meltdown Bingo.” The piece mocked the acute distress that autistic people express during meltdowns.
Many bloggers in the disability community have called out The Mighty both on this particular misstep and on missteps in the past. I agree with the way in which posts like these have gone to the heart of the matter, and I see no reason to repeat their many excellent points.
Instead, as a professional writer and an editor who works with a press specializing in disability-related texts, I want to point out a deeper problem The Mighty has: it does not pay its writers. Specifically, it does not pay its disabled writers – members of the very population it claims to support.