Advocacy

Knowledge is Power When Advocating for Disability Rights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017Traveling is a stressful process for anyone; but after navigating the city of Las Vegas upon flying in, I hoped to have a little time to unwind. I was relaxing to the sound of my guide dog, Jason, lapping up…

Dear United, What If David Dao Had Been Disabled?

Thursday, April 20, 2017Dear United, Earlier this month, David Dao was dragged off a flight from Chicago to Louisville. He suffered a concussion, a broken nose, sinus damage, and several lost teeth. While I’m empathetic toward Dao and his family, this is not

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.

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…

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…

Pennsylvania ends use of the R-word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law December 19 ending the use of the word “retardation” in state statutes. The bill, called the “Words do Matter” bill, passed the state House and Senate unanimously. “Many individuals in the…

Disability groups oppose Massachusetts assisted suicide initiative

Saturday, December 10, 2011A new disability advocacy group, called Second Thoughts, announced its opposition to an initiative, which is likely to appear on the 2012 Massachusetts voters ballot, that would legalize physician assisted suicide. The initiative would allow terminally ill adults, defined…

DRW and NDRN to work on Ashley Report

Monday, August 22, 2011In early 2007, the world learned about Ashley X, a young girl who was kept small and prevented from developing sexually through the use of high doses of hormones, and removal of her breast buds and uterus. Ashley’s parents and…

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