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Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I am an immigrant with a disability. When I was five years old my parents decided to move our whole family from Mexico including five kids, two of whom have a disability, to the United States. My mother still talks about the decision that made her stay: having children with disabilities. She dreamed of something

The Power of Telling Your Story: A Rooted in Rights Storyteller Reflects on Her Experience

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Please consider supporting the Rooted in Rights Storytellers project. As someone who’s been an amputee since the age of two, I wanted to be a Rooted in Rights Storyteller to help educate people about a problem that I’ve been surrounded by my entire life: the difficulty amputees face accessing prosthetic limbs. I am a disability rights attorney,

How to Make Your Social Justice Events Accessible to the Disability Community: A Checklist

Friday, February 3, 2017

Download the checklist in this post as a printable resource! Click here to download the checklist as a Word Document. Click here to download the checklist as a PDF. Since this year’s inauguration, we’ve seen a sea of protest sweep across the U.S., from spontaneous events to carefully organized marches that have been in the

Listen Up, Doctors: When Patients Talk, Pay Attention

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It was midnight on a Monday, and the lesion on my leg was swollen to the size of a dinner plate, hot, and extremely painful. Although I had an excision for a sebaceous cyst scheduled for Thursday with the dermatologist, these were textbook signs of an infection, knowledge I gained from a five-year history of

Healthcare Reform and its Impact on the Disabled Community: Restructuring Medicaid

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As cuts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) and Medicaid loom, the disability community is at risk. The uncertainty around impending changes have many disabled and chronically ill people quite literally in fear for their lives. As a healthcare advocate with multiple disabilities, I have attempted to make sense of upcoming changes by reading proposals

Dear Meryl Streep: We Don’t Want Pity, We Want Progress

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I didn’t watch the Golden Globes, but saw Meryl Streep’s speech the next day. As she blatantly called out the president-elect on his bullying of Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter, I wondered why that specific incident “sank its hooks in [her] heart,” specifically when I have otherwise not heard anything from Streep about disability justice.

Unshoveled College Campuses Leave Disabled Students in the Cold

Friday, January 6, 2017

Have you ever wondered why the song is titled “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”? The answer is quite simple: the Winter Wonderland is completely inaccessible, leaving thousands of people with physical disabilities and mobility impairments unable to traverse through the snow-covered sidewalks. Nowhere is this more problematic than on college campuses. While I’m fortunate enough

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