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The Disability Intersectionality Summit: A Gathering for Justice

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On a damp and chilly Saturday in mid-October, I rolled out of bed several hours earlier than I usually would have in order to attend the biannual Disability Intersectionality Summit in nearby Cambridge, Mass on the MIT campus. Groggy but enthusiastic, I stumbled down the stairs of my affordable housing complex and eagerly awaited The

Disability and the Weight of Loneliness

Thursday, November 8, 2018

For people who know me in real life, what I’m about to say might sound absurd: I have felt a constant sense of crushing loneliness ever since I was ten years old. Now, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking this odd. I am an open book when it comes to my my personal issues, talking

Why Do I #CripTheVote? Because the Disability Vote is Power.

Monday, November 5, 2018

This post is part of a partnership between #CripTheVote and Rooted in Rights.  As a child, I didn’t think being disabled had anything to do with voting, or vice versa. I saw that my parents always voted, but I didn’t see it as an important part of my life as an American. Experience taught me just how wrong

My Mental Health Disabilities Don’t Make My Experience of Sexual Assault Less Worthy of Belief

Thursday, November 1, 2018

It was approximately seven years ago when I first told my partner I was sexually assaulted by my best friend eight years prior to entering college. Despite the length of time since it happened and the memories being recovered only recently, my partner believed me. Although I was upfront in saying I have several mental

One Way to Make Voting More Accessible to the Disability Community? Vote-by-Mail.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This post is part of a partnership between #CripTheVote and Rooted in Rights.  If I start with the beginning of my voting story in the early ‘90s, it is one of compassion and support, when two nice volunteers from either County Elections or my local party showed up to help me mark my ballot.  By asking for accessibility

Disabled People are Worth More Than the Hours We Can Work

Monday, October 29, 2018

It was my fourth day of teaching robotics to middle schoolers and during morning session, one of my students pointed to the sticker beneath my collarbone. He traced it to the knot of cords dangling beside my hip and then to the faint green light glowing from my pocket. “Is that an EKG monitor?” he

Public Charge and Disability

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We know the immigrant community is facing new regulations and restrictions. What we don’t talk about is how immigrants with disabilities, and immigrant families with members with disabilities, are being impacted. Rooted in Rights and the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities collaborated to create an explainer on how the proposed “public charge” rule will

Disability Isn’t a Halloween Costume

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Last year, a friend who hadn’t seen me in a few years asked whether my bright, sparkly purple cane was part of my sense of style. I dress whimsically in colorful outfits with a lot of patterns and he’d never seen me use my cane before, so I explained that I started using it because

Why We Need to Do More Than Just “Raise Awareness” for Disabilities

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Erb’s palsy is an injury to a bundle of nerves in the shoulder. It typically happens during birth or motorcycle accidents and can leave a person’s arm and shoulder partially or totally paralyzed. Mine was a birth injury. That’s why my elbow is bent, my shoulder dislocated, my wrist tipped inward, and, in a few