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Dear United, What If David Dao Had Been Disabled?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dear United, Earlier this month, David Dao was dragged off a flight from Chicago to Louisville. He suffered a concussion, a broken nose, sinus damage, and several lost teeth. While I’m empathetic toward Dao and his family, this is not the first time I’ve heard of airlines grabbing passengers with numerous injuries ensuing. Once, while

My Journey with Disability Language and Identity

Monday, April 10, 2017

Are we “handicapped” or “disabled,” “disabled people” or “people with disabilities,” “differently abled” or “special needs?” The debate over disability language is exhausting and exasperating. But I come back to it because the ever-changing ways we talk and think about disability track my own journey with disability. When I was very young, I remember my

Valuing Activism of All Kinds

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Recently, disabled activists from ADAPT protested in Washington, DC as the House debated the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Fifty-four badass disabled people put their bodies on the line, chanting and drawing media attention on what is at stake if the AHCA passes. They were arrested inside the Capitol Rotunda for obstructing passage in a

Why Disability Advocacy on a Local Level Matters

Thursday, March 30, 2017

With so many national political events rapidly unfolding, it can feel like what you’re doing on a local level in your community “doesn’t matter.” I’m here to tell you otherwise. It actually matters a LOT, especially for the disability community. While an assortment of federal laws, regulations, and caselaw protect disability rights, the fact is

Why I Believe Cerebral Palsy “Awareness” is Important

Friday, March 24, 2017

I had to explain spastic diplegia to my doctor a few weeks ago. It’s the particular type of cerebral palsy (CP) I have, and it’s also the most common type. I’ve long since given up hope of any general practitioner (GP) I see knowing what CP is, despite the fact that it’s such a common physical

When Emotional Support Becomes Unintended Gaslighting

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gaslighting is a psychological term used to describe a type of emotional and psychological abuse. Rooted in manipulation, it refers to someone’s attempt to alter someone else’s reality. The term stems from the 1938 stage play and 1944 film, Gaslight – a story in which a husband systematically convinces his wife she’s mentally unstable. In

Learning to Love my Crip, Queer, Female Body is a Radical Act

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I am a vocal intersectional feminist who shares with others how important it is to love their bodies, even in the face of society’s harmful messages. I can explain the roles of sexism, classism, and racism in eating disorders and body image. I can instruct activists on strategies that aim to resist heteropatriarchal beliefs about