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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

Empowering Awesome Innovation in the Disability Community

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What does an art project in Uganda, an organic urban garden cooperative in Ecuador, and a Peer-To-Peer Wheelchair Repair program in the Bay Area have in common? They’re all projects that support the disability community, funded by people with disabilities. The Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, or #AwesomeDisability, consists of 10 trustees, all of whom identify

Why Aren’t More Disabled People Online?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

On my corner of the internet, disabled people are everywhere. If I pop on Twitter, chances are high that there’s at least one great disability-related conversation going on, while my inbox is filled with disabled people talking about issues from fashion to politics. Since its inception, we’ve been using the internet to network, advocate, innovate,

Navigating Mobility Aid Misconceptions

Thursday, June 29, 2017

When I first started using a cane, I was faced immediately with misconceptions about mobility aids. I knew from being out in public with friends who use wheelchairs that strangers aren’t shy about asking what someone’s disability is. I was surprised to find that, because I’m in my early twenties, people often assumed I was

How Can Universities Better Support Disabled Students to Graduate?

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act are all intended to help disabled people successfully receive an education. As a result, far more disabled people are going to and graduating from college. 11% of postsecondary students are

I Had a Kidney Transplant, and the AHCA Would Cause Me Significant Financial Troubles

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Almost three years ago, I had a kidney transplant that saved my life after living with chronic kidney disease for 35 years. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was just passed by the House and is going to move on to the Senate, includes organ transplants on the list of pre-existing conditions. The list

Reflecting on the Impact of #DisabilityTooWhite

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It’s been just over a year since activist and Rooted in Rights’ new Digital Manager, Vilissa Thompson, created #DisabilityTooWhite (the hashtag turned a year old on May 18), and started meaningful conversations about race and intersectionality in the disability community. Vilissa started the hashtag as a reaction to an xoJane article about beauty and disability

Dealing with Medical Ableism

Friday, June 9, 2017

I have a tracheostomy and use a ventilator to breathe at night. It works well for me, and I have no regrets, but every couple of years, I wind up in the hospital with some kind of upper respiratory infection. As Congress tinkers with health insurance like a Jenga player on six espressos, a recent

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