Opinion

Proposed Changes to Nutritional Assistance Programs Will Disproportionately Affect Disabled People

Friday, February 16, 2018I am disabled and though I am not currently on food stamps, there have been times in my life when I have relied on them. Food stamps have been in the news again lately as the current administration has proposed

Dating and Disability: Navigating Life Together in an Unaccommodating World

Wednesday, February 14, 2018When I was picking out my first cane almost two years ago, my partner did all the right things—she showed up and listened to me. She helped me work through some of the internalized ableism I had about using a…

Are Abortion Bans on the Basis of Disability Really in the Interest of Disability Rights?

Thursday, January 18, 2018The abortion debate in the United States has been forever compromised by the clash of politics and personal medical decisions — abortion is no longer a value-neutral, private choice. One regrettable consequence of that shift has been the creation of…

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

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