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How ADAPT and Allies Changed the Conversation About Disability Issues in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017Many nondisabled people were introduced to disability rights activism in 2017 with splashy protests from ADAPT, Housing Works, and other organizations who fought ferociously to defend health care on Capitol Hill. Those protests joined a long and rich history of…

#BoycottToSiri Highlights Why Non-Autistic People Must Stop Speaking Over the Autistic Community

Monday, December 18, 2017The experience of being an autistic person isn’t universal, but there is one thing that we’ve all experienced—non-autistic (or “allistic”) people speaking over us. A recent example of this is To Siri With Love, a memoir by Judith Newman

‘Tis the Season for Inclusive Holiday Festivities

Friday, December 15, 2017‘Tis the season for parties, from office holiday parties, to those hosted by friends and families, to charity galas. And we all know what comes with large public shindigs: Inevitable accessibility problems. When events designed to make people feel like…

It’s Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue

Monday, December 11, 2017“What are you doing here?” I’ve been thinking about my answer to this question over the past few weeks. I’m the founder of a social enterprise focused on disability inclusion who was one of the 50 World Economic Forum Global

“They Lost My Legs”: Disabled People Speak Out About Airline Troubles

Monday, December 4, 2017
Air travel while disabled is the worst. Despite the fact that disabled travelers have civil rights protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), issues with lost or broken wheelchairs and other mobility …

Why We Need More Research on How Substance Abuse Impacts the Autistic Community

Monday, November 27, 2017I will always remember the first few times I tried an alcoholic beverage. I was around the age of eighteen, and at first found the feeling very uncomfortable. Even a slight buzz—just a partial alcoholic beverage—changes my perception and how

The Labor of Expressing Femininity as a Disabled Woman

Monday, November 20, 2017It happened during the Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret years. The training bra years. Those years when periods and razors and nylons were as mysterious as ever, but became increasingly more fascinating. It occurred to me that I’d…

Activist Spotlight: Ariel Henley

Friday, November 17, 2017Ariel Henley has always loved writing, but didn’t always know that she would use it to amplify issues that she cares about, whether the topic is sex education for the disability community or media representation of facial disfigurement. Born

We Need to Stop Talking About Mental and Cognitive “Fitness” of Politcians

Monday, November 13, 2017Who’s fit to be president? Historically, this question has revolved around issues like matters of experience, policy positions, and ability to collaborate sympathetically across national and party lines. In 2017, the conversation has taken on another element with speculations about

Sharing My Truth About Incarceration with Mental Health Disabilities

Monday, November 6, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses mental illness, suicide, abuse, violence, and incarceration. My name is Eldorado Fleetwood Cadillac Brown. I was raised in a broken home household while battling mental illnesses that doctors continuously prescribed medications for. The traumatic events

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