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Calling All Towns: Shovel Your Crappy Snow-Covered Curbs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016I am lucky to have lived in Colorado my entire life, enjoying the 300 days of sunshine, outdoor adventures, laid-back vibe, and genuinely kind community members. But Colorado winters can be brutal, especially for people with mobility disabilities. When homeowners…

Setting the Bar Higher for Inclusion in the Legal Field

Wednesday, November 9, 2016Employers in the legal field sign pledges to commit ourselves to promoting a just workplace with equal opportunity for advancement and recognition of the impact of implicit bias. We use “diversity” and “inclusion” as buzzwords. But what does all of…

How Workplaces Discriminate Against People of Multiple Marginalized Identities

Wednesday, November 2, 2016I live every day in the body of a femme queer crip. I am also a neurodivergent single mother with a learning disability. The many intersecting identities of crip people of color like myself are often met with multiple forms…

This Year, I Have a Reason to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 26, 2016National Disability Employment Awareness Month has a different feel for me this year because I recently accepted an offer for my first professional job as the new Project Manager for the CareerACCESS Program at the World Institute on Disability (WID). …

The Public Health Statistic that Fails Disabled People

Wednesday, October 19, 2016I first encountered the term “Disability-Adjusted Life Years,” or DALYs, during my second year of studying public health in college, and as a disabled person, the concept is concerning to me. DALYs are a measure used to calculate

Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…

Letter from the new Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog

Wednesday, October 12, 2016The writing that flows from the disability community has long been a well from which I’ve drawn strength and power. When I speak out, the words of other disabled writers remind me I am not alone. And when my voice…

People with disabilities should be viewed as dateable

Monday, October 10, 2016Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is taking on the myth that people with disabilities are disconnected from sexuality. The first model who uses a wheelchair to be featured at New York Fashion Week, and Miss Wheelchair New York 2, Sheypuk believes that…

House passes disability special needs trusts measure

Friday, October 7, 2016By a vote of 383-22 on September 20, the House of Representatives approved a new bill that allows people with disabilities to set up their own special needs trusts. “The Special Needs Trust Fairness and Medicaid Improvement Act corrects a…

Scream Queens fails at depicting character with NF

Thursday, October 6, 2016The Children’s Tumor Foundation is calling for the popular TV show Scream Queens to educate itself about neurofibromatosis, or NF, following a recent episode filled with misinformation. In the episode, the show introduced a character with NF named Tyler. Tyler…

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