Challenging stereotypes

Letter from the new Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog

Wednesday, October 12, 2016The writing that flows from the disability community has long been a well from which I’ve drawn strength and power. When I speak out, the words of other disabled writers remind me I am not alone. And when my voice…

People with disabilities should be viewed as dateable

Monday, October 10, 2016Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is taking on the myth that people with disabilities are disconnected from sexuality. The first model who uses a wheelchair to be featured at New York Fashion Week, and Miss Wheelchair New York 2, Sheypuk believes that…

Scream Queens fails at depicting character with NF

Thursday, October 6, 2016The Children’s Tumor Foundation is calling for the popular TV show Scream Queens to educate itself about neurofibromatosis, or NF, following a recent episode filled with misinformation. In the episode, the show introduced a character with NF named Tyler. Tyler…

People with disabilities excluded from UK nightclubs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016We all have pastimes we like to do to have fun and relax with friends. Often, these pastimes include engagement with our town or city in a way that is enjoyable and often essential to feeling like we ‘belong’ in…

(Video) Poet shares complex personal experience with eating disorders

Tuesday, August 23, 2016In Western societies, it’s hard for girls and women to avoid weight-related insecurity. Media, magazines, popular culture all idolize body images that are often unhealthy, and tell girls that their worth is linked to their appearance. It’s no wonder then,…

Study reveals that Hollywood continues to ignore actors with disabilities

Friday, August 5, 2016The Ruderman Family Foundation, whose mission includes to, “advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society,” recently released a report analyzing the status of representation for people with disabilities in mainstream television. The report…

Father writes children’s book to explain his experience with disability

Wednesday, August 3, 2016After Leslie A. Johnson explained his disability to his children, he was inspired to increase disability awareness on a larger scale. Johnson created the children’s book, “Dad on Wheels,” which illustrates his personal experience as a father with a disability.…

Get to know comedian Michael Beers in Rooted in Rights Podcast Episode 8!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016Michael Beers has been a stand-up comedian for over a decade. His latest project is called Making the “Short” Bus Cool, in which he and other comedians with disabilities will tour the country in their short bus doing stand-up comedy.…

(Video) Cara Reedy attributes her resilience to being a “female, black, little person” in an unaccommodating society

Monday, July 18, 2016Cara Reedy is an actor, writer, comedian, and blogger with achondroplastic dwarfism. She partnered with Digg to create the video below, called The Gift of Being Different, to discuss her experiences and share her insights. Reedy explains that as an…

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