Awareness

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…

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…

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

Dear Meryl Streep: We Don’t Want Pity, We Want Progress

Thursday, January 12, 2017I didn’t watch the Golden Globes, but saw Meryl Streep’s speech the next day. As she blatantly called out the president-elect on his bullying of Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter, I wondered why that specific incident “sank its hooks in…

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