Awareness

The Labor of Expressing Femininity as a Disabled Woman

Monday, November 20, 2017It happened during the Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret years. The training bra years. Those years when periods and razors and nylons were as mysterious as ever, but became increasingly more fascinating. It occurred to me that I’d…

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

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.

Why Aren’t More Disabled People Online?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017On my corner of the internet, disabled people are everywhere. If I pop on Twitter, chances are high that there’s at least one great disability-related conversation going on, while my inbox is filled with disabled people talking about issues from…

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,…

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