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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

Ensuring Disabled People Return to Community Living After Natural Disasters

Friday, September 1, 2017

As Texans continue to experience the fallout of flooding of historical proportions from Hurricane Harvey, safety is paramount, especially for disabled people, who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. The United Nations recognizes this vulnerability in Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (which the United States has signed but not

Activist Spotlight: Annie Segarra – YouTuber, Artist, Activist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

For Annie Segarra, also known on YouTube as Annie Elainey, accessibility is everything. Annie’s “The Future Is Accessible” shirts, which come in several colors, act as a call for visibility and intersectionality, and to prioritize accessibility. The shirts are only one aspect of Annie’s overall body of work as a writer, artist, YouTube creator, and

Accessing the Open Road

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was almost twenty-one, and until I did, I couldn’t go more than a couple months without someone asking me about it. “When are you going to learn how to drive?” “Have you thought about driving?” Learning to drive—and mastering the rules of the road—was difficult for me

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

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