Awareness

Why Involving Disabled People in Disaster Planning Saves Lives

Monday, October 2, 2017During Hurricane Harvey in August, a striking image went viral: Nursing home residents sitting in waist deep floodwaters, surrounded by floating debris, an angry cat in the background. The Harvey flooding victims (and the cat) were rescued, but scarcely

How the Film “Wonder” is Commercializing Facial Difference

Wednesday, September 20, 2017As a writer and activist, there’s no feeling quite like finding out a professor at a well known university used my work in their class to start a discussion about disfigurement and equality for individuals living with physical differences. I

Disabled People Have the Right to Live Happily Ever After

Wednesday, September 6, 2017“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” – Chief Justice Earl Warren, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) While…

Empowering Awesome Innovation in the Disability Community

Wednesday, July 12, 2017What does an art project in Uganda, an organic urban garden cooperative in Ecuador, and a Peer-To-Peer Wheelchair Repair program in the Bay Area have in common? They’re all projects that support the disability community, funded by people with disabilities.

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.…

How Having a Disabled Mom Helped Shape My Identity as a Disabled Woman

Thursday, May 4, 2017I grew up with a disabled mom. It meant that we didn’t have a car, because my mom was visually impaired and couldn’t drive. We walked to the grocery store weekly, took the bus to doctor’s appointments and the mall,…

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…

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