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Are Abortion Bans on the Basis of Disability Really in the Interest of Disability Rights?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The abortion debate in the United States has been forever compromised by the clash of politics and personal medical decisions — abortion is no longer a value-neutral, private choice. One regrettable consequence of that shift has been the creation of the “justified” abortion — one that takes place early in pregnancy or for the “right”

Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions for liberation,” she says. Denarii has been an activist for ten years, starting when she

Celebrating the Disability Community’s 2017 Wins

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Disabled people have accomplished some really kickass things in 2017 that we should recognize. It’s not easy existing as a disabled person in an ableist world (and even tougher if you’re multiply marginalized), but I believe in celebrating our successes, particularly because it can be a vital part of self-care. It can be energizing to

How ADAPT and Allies Changed the Conversation About Disability Issues in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

Many nondisabled people were introduced to disability rights activism in 2017 with splashy protests from ADAPT, Housing Works, and other organizations who fought ferociously to defend health care on Capitol Hill. Those protests joined a long and rich history of political engagement on the part of the disability community, but they also highlighted the fact

#BoycottToSiri Highlights Why Non-Autistic People Must Stop Speaking Over the Autistic Community

Monday, December 18, 2017

The experience of being an autistic person isn’t universal, but there is one thing that we’ve all experienced—non-autistic (or “allistic”) people speaking over us. A recent example of this is To Siri With Love, a memoir by Judith Newman about her experience as a neurotypical woman raising her 13-year-old autistic son Gus. Backlash swifty emerged

‘Tis the Season for Inclusive Holiday Festivities

Friday, December 15, 2017

‘Tis the season for parties, from office holiday parties, to those hosted by friends and families, to charity galas. And we all know what comes with large public shindigs: Inevitable accessibility problems. When events designed to make people feel like members of a beloved community, don’t create a welcoming environment for disabled people, the results

It’s Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue

Monday, December 11, 2017

“What are you doing here?” I’ve been thinking about my answer to this question over the past few weeks. I’m the founder of a social enterprise focused on disability inclusion who was one of the 50 World Economic Forum Global Shapers selected to attend Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore’s 36th Climate Reality Leadership Corps

“They Lost My Legs”: Disabled People Speak Out About Airline Troubles

Monday, December 4, 2017

Air travel while disabled is the worst. Despite the fact that disabled travelers have civil rights protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), issues with lost or broken wheelchairs and other mobility devices, being denied boarding or given inaccurate information about rights while traveling with wheelchairs, and

Why We Need More Research on How Substance Abuse Impacts the Autistic Community

Monday, November 27, 2017

I will always remember the first few times I tried an alcoholic beverage. I was around the age of eighteen, and at first found the feeling very uncomfortable. Even a slight buzz—just a partial alcoholic beverage—changes my perception and how I experience my senses. But what I found at first to be really disconcerting (like