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My Journey with Disability Language and Identity

Monday, April 10, 2017Are we “handicapped” or “disabled,” “disabled people” or “people with disabilities,” “differently abled” or “special needs?” The debate over disability language is exhausting and exasperating. But I come back to it because the ever-changing ways we talk and think about…

Valuing Activism of All Kinds

Wednesday, April 5, 2017Recently, disabled activists from ADAPT protested in Washington, DC as the House debated the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Fifty-four badass disabled people put their bodies on the line, chanting and drawing media attention on what is at stake if

Why Disability Advocacy on a Local Level Matters

Thursday, March 30, 2017With so many national political events rapidly unfolding, it can feel like what you’re doing on a local level in your community “doesn’t matter.” I’m here to tell you otherwise. It actually matters a LOT, especially for the disability community.

Why I Believe Cerebral Palsy “Awareness” is Important

Friday, March 24, 2017I had to explain spastic diplegia to my doctor a few weeks ago. It’s the particular type of cerebral palsy (CP) I have, and it’s also the most common type. I’ve long since given up hope of any general practitioner…

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…

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