Opinion

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Then and Now

Wednesday, July 26, 2017On Thursday, July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I was in my first year working at a Center for Independent Living, and my understanding of disability was evolving. I was starting…

How Much Has the Americans with Disabilities Act Positively Impacted College Students?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made great strides in equal access, but it has not accomplished nearly enough. As a recent graduate, I experienced first-hand the dichotomy between how the ADA has positively impacted the college experience, and…

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

Why We Cannot Allow the AHCA to Pull Our Lives Out From Under Us

Tuesday, June 6, 2017I am Autistic and I have depended on Medicaid for my health care coverage for 23 years now. During those years, I have watched my coverage expand and shrink, depending on the political climate and the state I was living…

New Laws Could Put Access on the Line at State and National Levels

Tuesday, May 30, 2017Imagine being Deaf and pregnant but not being able to discuss your concerns with your obstetrician for six months while waiting for your doctor’s office to get an ASL interpreter. Or what about having to wait two months for a…

The AHCA Would Put the Lives of Millions Like Me At Stake

Thursday, May 18, 2017I am one of the millions of people across the country who have benefited from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). I have significant medical costs as a result of living with a rare genetic neurometabolic disorder, a

#IAmAPreExisitingCondition and I Am Afraid I Will Die Under AHCA

Wednesday, May 10, 2017If the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law, it is my death sentence. There are probably supporters of the law out there who think that this statement lacks nuance, but it’s true. As a woman with multiple serious pre-existing…

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…

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