Rebekah Taussig is a writer and teacher, living with two orange cats in a very small, very old house in Kansas City, MO. She feels at home in a thrift store, likes her music loud and heartfelt, and is an energetic and candid storyteller.
Rebekah has been paralyzed for as long as she can remember. It wasn’t until her mid-twenties when she began unpacking what this meant to her while pursuing a PhD in disability studies at the University of Kansas. Her work bares very intimate and honest depictions of what it means to live in her particular body and studies the parallel between the stories we tell about our bodies and our tangible, lived experiences. She actively participates in the cultural perception of disability through personal essays, some of which are published in Under the Gum Tree and The Florida Review, while others are linked on her personal website. Instagram has provided a platform for the creation of “mini-memoirs” where she explores sincere representation and the nuances of living as a woman with a disability. Currently, she is working towards a memoir that considers the familial, medical and religious narratives that shaped an early understanding of a body that is different than most. Rebekah asks questions of herself and others as she contemplates the complexities of disability. She is open and empathetic — encouraging all of us to listen, see and celebrate differences without shame or assumption.
We are so excited to share Rebekah’s voice as she leads us through a conversation on the conflicted intersection of design and disability at home. —Bethany
Photography by Micah Jones
from Design*Sponge http://www.designsponge.com/2017/04/qa-with-rebekah-taussig.html