Orchid Child

This art work was inspired by a ‘Scientific American’ article outlining some kids’ unique biological sensitivities to environmental factors. The article explores how some kids are like dandelions, capable of adapting to different environmental contexts, even when these contexts are less than ideal; while other kids are more like orchids, unusually sensitive to both positive and negative environmental stimuli.

This made me think of your life as a person with a physical disability, and of mine, as a transgender person; how vulnerable we are and dependent on inclusive environmental cues. Without a ramp, you cannot enter buildings, visit with friends, or go to work. Without trans-friendly policies, I cannot safely access washrooms, get legal documentation that reflects who I am, or access competent medical care.

Together I see us doing our bit to try and build a more accessible world: one that celebrates orchids alongside their dandelion siblings.