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When Emotional Support Becomes Unintended Gaslighting

Wednesday, March 15, 2017Gaslighting 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…

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017I 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…

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…

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