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“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

The Labor of Expressing Femininity as a Disabled Woman

Monday, November 20, 2017

It happened during the Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret years. The training bra years. Those years when periods and razors and nylons were as mysterious as ever, but became increasingly more fascinating. It occurred to me that I’d have to shave my underarms at some point soon. Then, it occurred to me that

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