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Disability Day of Mourning: We Are Not Burdens

Wednesday, March 1, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses violence against and murder of disabled people. His name was Marcus Fiesel. He was a smiling three-year-old boy who loved bubbles, flowers, and Bob the Builder.  Like all children, he deserved to be protected from…

How the Positivity Only Movement Has a Negative Impact on the Disability Community

Thursday, February 23, 2017In September of 2012 I was young, hopelessly optimistic, and terrified of the implications two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases would have on my existence. Having already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18, I knew that this would be a…

Special Education: A Hindrance to Disability Acceptance

Tuesday, February 21, 2017“Special education” seems like a little bit too sentimental a name for something with such a utilitarian purpose. In my years of personal experience with the public education system, I have never found reason to describe the experience as special.…

Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

Thursday, February 16, 2017I 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…

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017Please 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…

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

Friday, February 3, 2017Download 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

Listen Up, Doctors: When Patients Talk, Pay Attention

Thursday, January 26, 2017It 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,…

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017As 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…

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017I 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…

Unshoveled College Campuses Leave Disabled Students in the Cold

Friday, January 6, 2017Have 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…

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