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by Jennipher Wiebold, Ph.D. and Penny Willmering, Ph.D.

Having a disability is not always tragic; in fact, many aspects of life with a disability can be filled with joy, irony, and humor! With that said, how does one know if and when it’s okay to use disability humor? What’s politically correct? What’s respectful of diversity while recognizing the humor in it? How can we use humor in a therapeutic way? Why is it important to know about therapeutic humor? As professors and people with disabilities ourselves, we hope to help answer some of these questions.

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