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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

Why Involving Disabled People in Disaster Planning Saves Lives

Monday, October 2, 2017

During Hurricane Harvey in August, a striking image went viral: Nursing home residents sitting in waist deep floodwaters, surrounded by floating debris, an angry cat in the background. The Harvey flooding victims (and the cat) were rescued, but scarcely a week later, eight elders died in a Florida nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane

We Need to Stop Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness and suicide. “How come when people have mental damage, it’s always an active imagination? How come every other organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except the brain?” – Ruby Wax These words are going to be uncomfortable to write. It speaks to the strength

How the Film “Wonder” is Commercializing Facial Difference

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As a writer and activist, there’s no feeling quite like finding out a professor at a well known university used my work in their class to start a discussion about disfigurement and equality for individuals living with physical differences. I received an email from the professor with follow-up questions from her students: What was it

Engaging in Politics as a Disabled Person: an Interview with Carrie Ann Lucas

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Across the country, people are energized and politically engaged in response to the current political climate. Before you know it, midterm elections will take place next year across the United States. During these elections, it’s important to remember that local politics is just as important as anything at the state and federal level. In my

Disabled People Have the Right to Live Happily Ever After

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” – Chief Justice Earl Warren, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) While there is no law prohibiting disabled people from marrying, in practice there are penalties and restrictions that