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Activist Spotlight: Ariel Henley

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ariel Henley has always loved writing, but didn’t always know that she would use it to amplify issues that she cares about, whether the topic is sex education for the disability community or media representation of facial disfigurement. Born with Crouzon syndrome, Ariel’s work often comes back to what it means to live with a

We Need to Stop Talking About Mental and Cognitive “Fitness” of Politcians

Monday, November 13, 2017

Who’s fit to be president? Historically, this question has revolved around issues like matters of experience, policy positions, and ability to collaborate sympathetically across national and party lines. In 2017, the conversation has taken on another element with speculations about mental health and discussions of whether prospective presidents should be required to submit evidence of

Sharing My Truth About Incarceration with Mental Health Disabilities

Monday, November 6, 2017

Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness, suicide, abuse, violence, and incarceration. My name is Eldorado Fleetwood Cadillac Brown. I was raised in a broken home household while battling mental illnesses that doctors continuously prescribed medications for. The traumatic events that transpired during my upbringing only became the normality of my environment; domestic abuse and

Activist Spotlight: Cyree Jarelle Johnson – Writer, Speaker, Artist

Monday, October 30, 2017

When I first asked Cyree Jarelle Johnson what their activism is focused on, they said, “I don’t know what it means to be an activist. I’m a writer and a speaker. I think of myself as an artist.” Then they talked about how what we typically think of as activism—getting our physical bodies onto the

My Journey to Rejecting Ableism and Embracing Disability Identity

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I wish I could tell you the exact moment I realized that ableism was surrounding me, being directed at me, and I was participating in it by saying nothing. Instead, there were so many little moments and a few big moments – a journey – that finally shook me from my fear, my cowardice, and

Why Finding Cures for Genetic Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Our Main Goal

Monday, October 16, 2017

Iceland was recently the subject of controversial headlines proclaiming that the country is “eliminating” Down syndrome through prenatal screening and subsequent termination of pregnancies. While these news stories were later found to be sensationalist, we need to discuss the implications of prenatal screenings and other advancements in genetics in connection to people who are living

CVS’s New Opioid Policy Does Nothing to Solve Addiction While Negatively Impacting Pain Patients

Friday, October 13, 2017

On September 21st, CVS Pharmacy announced a significant change in their policy regarding prescription opioid painkillers. According to CVS, “this program will include limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy; limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of

Caring for My Mental Health Through the Beautifully Complex Intersections of My Existence

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

“If you get an emotional support dog, you’ll just be taking away from people who really need help,” said my dad to me over the phone because he couldn’t understand why his child was so successful but complaining about be depressed. I remember hanging up and wondering if I was being dramatic and if I

Customized Education Models May Hold the Key to Student Success

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the first half of the 1970s, nearly 30 regional court cases regarding issues of educational inclusion culminated in a new federal law, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, known today as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA, all disabled children have the right to a free public education in the least