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How My Cancer Diagnosis Has Led Me to Redefine Disability

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

After decades of looking at Multiple Sclerosis as a disability rather than a disease, my experiences are forcing me to reexamine my perspective on illness and to redefine disability. I, like many people with disabilities of my generation, rejected the medical model of disability, which focuses on disability as a diagnosis. My life has been

Winn-Dixie Case Heralds New Era of Online Access

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Should a website be considered a “public accommodation” just like a business’s physical location? A recent case in Florida explored just that question, as a blind consumer sued the popular Winn-Dixie grocery chain because their website was inaccessible — and won. Cases like this one have big implications for the future of online accessibility. The customer,

Homeschooling Should Be an Option for Disabled Students, But Not the Only Option

Thursday, August 3, 2017

When I was in middle school, I begged my mother to homeschool me. I was struggling with the curriculum — I needed to be more challenged and more accommodated at the same time — and I was being bullied by teachers as well as peers. I was frightened, miserable, and not learning. I didn’t get

Activist Spotlight: Keah Brown, Writer and Creator of #DisabledAndCute

Monday, July 31, 2017

When she started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, Keah Brown wasn’t thinking she’d start a movement. She woke up one day, and as she says, “I looked in the mirror and said something kind about myself.” She decided that she’d make a conscious effort to say something kind about herself every day, and when she finally got

Visibility Will Make Communities More Accessible to the Disabled

Friday, July 28, 2017

Twenty-seven years. That’s how long it’s been since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Absorbing that it’s been a little over a quarter century since the ADA’s enactment and acknowledging work of many forebears, I still find it deeply concerning that universal access is such a “unicorn” – something dreamt

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Then and Now

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On Thursday, July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I was in my first year working at a Center for Independent Living, and my understanding of disability was evolving. I was starting to realize that inaccessibility and disability prejudice were more than just personal annoyances. I was

How Much Has the Americans with Disabilities Act Positively Impacted College Students?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made great strides in equal access, but it has not accomplished nearly enough. As a recent graduate, I experienced first-hand the dichotomy between how the ADA has positively impacted the college experience, and where it is falling short. Our disability resource center is located in the basement of

Finding Suitable Employment with a Disability

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Finding employment as a disabled person can be challenging. From asset caps to maintain benefits, to exclusionary language on job applications, barriers abound. There are a number of national and local resources available to people with disabilities who are looking for employment, but they don’t cover everyone. According to the United States Department of Labor,

Paying Disabled Workers Fair Market Wage Isn’t Just Ethical…It’s Economical

Friday, July 14, 2017

It was a hot summer and I was on the longest road trip of my life when I found the perfect product, something that would keep the heat at bay. It was exactly what I needed and only one small company sold it. That would be the end of a rather ordinary story if it