Unpacking Disability with Meriah Nichols

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About Unpacking Disability with Meriah Nichols

I'm Meriah and disability is fundamentally at the root of everything I do.

Here's a short video of me talking about myself and what I do:I have more information linked at the end of this piece - it'll take you to my "about me" page on my blog).

Now, disability is at the root of everything I produce, be it essays, art, vlogs, podcasts and so forth. 

With my writing, I most want to share resources and information and encourage honest thought, healing, reflection and explain different perspectives.

Here is what people say about me:

"Meriah is the most fearless writer that I have the honor to know. She can speak of disability without stereotype, parenthood without pathos, and her own deepest emotions without self pity."

"I love Meriah's writing because it is smart, authentic and straight out of her own experience and big heart..."

"Meriah's writing inspires us, with humour, honesty and compassion, to live the lives we imagine"

"I learn from Meriah while laughing and crying. She helps me understand more about life through her unique prism of prose and photography. After she draws me in to sit by her fire and hear her stories, she uses her guileless autobiographical narratives and images to open my eyes to our joys and biases, our distinctness and our unity"

"Meriah’s passion around social justice is shared through her beautiful prose, full of facts, truths and humor"
"Meriah has helped me by continuously challenging thinking. I think that’s a good thing, no a great thing."

"I have been following Meriah’s writing for about 8 years. When I started reading her work, I had just become the mother of a child with a disability, but I knew very little about disability or the disability community. She has helped me to become aware of the history of the disability community and many issues that disabled people are facing in today’s society. Many things that Mariah has written over the years have also pushed me to confront my own prejudices and misconceptions towards disability, which I feel has helped me to grow to become a better advocate for my child."


1. I want to give people an ad-free place to access content
2. I want to spring into more classes, private content, private groups and helpful resources

For those of you who have been following my Patreon and goals for a while, it's a good time to tell you that I HAVE DANA'S PLACE.

The disability employment and training center, the hub of a parent support network - is moving forward.

I have a separate Patreon page for that project.


Step One:

~ $1,000 - just paying the bills and getting the platform working and solid.

Step Two: 

$1k-2k: I can hire some help, in the form of a part time assistant, and start to pay writers to come on board

Step Three:

$2k - set aside time to start writing books, disability guides, parent guides, and of course, stories 

At that point, I will revisit this and see what makes sense in terms of goal setting and development.



I started my blog (simply called Unpacking Disability with Meriah Nichols, because creativity in titling is not my forte) 11 years ago. My blog has evolved into cross-disability centered site.

I delve into some personal things on my blog, by dint of the fact that I am deaf with C-PTSD and TBI, my daughter has Down syndrome and one of my son's is on the Spectrum, but I post a lot of non-personal things as well. 

What I post:
  1. Original essays, photo essays, blog posts, vlogs, reviews and critiques
  2. I create and produce a podcast
  3. Disability-related book reviews, disability-related movie reviews
  4. Calls to action related to disability/social justice
  5. Tutorials on new technology, photography and website development
  6. Voices from the Disability Community: series covering people with disabilities across the disability spectrum
  7. Guest blog posts by people with disabilities and allies of the disability community regarding disability culture, areas of challenge, and self-care
  8. Create graphics and media
  9. Amplify and champion the voices from the disability community through social media

Other things I do related to my blog:
  1. Moderate 3 Facebook groups (each with around 1,000 members) related to disability and writing or the disability experience.
  2. Serve as a resource for parents, organizations and companies regarding disability, accommodation, best practices and more
  3. Create art (painting and photography) and integrate those with written pieces and calls to action


  • Hosting. I need a robust enough hosting plan that can support the high spikes in traffic, and also host all the photos. It costs $100
  • ConvertKit. The service I use to email posts out to the subscription list. This fee grows as the email list grows. Right now, it's $100
  • Ongoing web development. It's a website, so there is always something going on/needing fixing or work.I recently spent $350 on site compression and bug fixes.
  • Occasional Facebook/Twitter post "boosts". When I announce a new post on Facebook and Twitter, this makes sure that the announcement gets onto 1/3 or 1/2 of my followers' News Feeds. I rarely do this, but it would be nice to able to.
  • My family. That income helps feed and clothe the kids, us, put gas in the tank and more.
  • Photo editing sites as well as Creative Cloud. This is currently at $30/month, just for Creative Cloud.
  • Podcast production. This is $12/month.
  • Gumroad: This is where I can store the converted PDF blog posts for you to download. This is $10/month.

More about me is linked here: About Meriah
Contact me here - [email protected]

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