Advocacy

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

Activist Spotlight: Cyree Jarelle Johnson – Writer, Speaker, Artist

Monday, October 30, 2017When I first asked Cyree Jarelle Johnson what their activism is focused on, they said, “I don’t know what it means to be an activist. I’m a writer and a speaker. I think of myself as an artist.” Then they

My Journey to Rejecting Ableism and Embracing Disability Identity

Wednesday, October 25, 2017I wish I could tell you the exact moment I realized that ableism was surrounding me, being directed at me, and I was participating in it by saying nothing. Instead, there were so many little moments and a few big…

Activist Spotlight: Annie Segarra – YouTuber, Artist, Activist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017For Annie Segarra, also known on YouTube as Annie Elainey, accessibility is everything. Annie’s “The Future Is Accessible” shirts, which come in several colors, act as a call for visibility and intersectionality, and to prioritize accessibility. The shirts…

Activist Spotlight: Keah Brown, Writer and Creator of #DisabledAndCute

Monday, July 31, 2017When she started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, Keah Brown wasn’t thinking she’d start a movement. She woke up one day, and as she says, “I looked in the mirror and said something kind about myself.” She decided that she’d make

Visibility Will Make Communities More Accessible to the Disabled

Friday, July 28, 2017Twenty-seven years. That’s how long it’s been since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Absorbing that it’s been a little over a quarter century since the ADA’s enactment and acknowledging work of many forebears, I

I Had a Kidney Transplant, and the AHCA Would Cause Me Significant Financial Troubles

Wednesday, June 21, 2017Almost three years ago, I had a kidney transplant that saved my life after living with chronic kidney disease for 35 years. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was just passed by the House and is going to move

Reflecting on the Impact of #DisabilityTooWhite

Wednesday, June 14, 2017It’s been just over a year since activist and Rooted in Rights’ new Digital Manager, Vilissa Thompson, created #DisabilityTooWhite (the hashtag turned a year old on May 18), and started meaningful conversations about race and intersectionality in the disability community.…

My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help Me; Instead, She Bullied Me

Tuesday, May 23, 2017Every day, I’d come home from high school and tell my parents that I was being bullied. They didn’t realize how bad it was until one late April day in 10th grade. My teacher informed the class that we were…

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