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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

Homelessness is a Disability Justice Issue

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A few months after I left college, I found myself working for a short time at a men’s homeless shelter in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. I was a peer advocate, providing meals and conversation during late afternoon and overnight shifts throughout which I supported many residents who returned to the shelter at night

For Disabled People, the Path to Employment is Still a Maze

Friday, October 5, 2018

Luck, an unusually high tolerance for throwing myself into the disquieting unknown, and a measure of family privilege have allowed me to forge a path through the working world that is best described as an erratic squiggle. A long arch here, and there several tight, retraced crooked lines doubling back on themselves darkly, shooting back

What Does Inclusion Actually Look Like in the Workplace?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Until I was pushed out after needing surgery that took me over a year to recover from, I worked for an organization tasked with advancing women in their careers. But their efforts weren’t for disabled women with disabilities like me. Not only do most organizations that fight for the advancement of “women” at work ignore

Disabled People Can Work in the Sh*ttiest Situations

Monday, October 1, 2018

Content note: this blog post contains profanity. I shit my pants this morning getting out of bed. Literally, I felt it just ready to rip as I swung my legs over the edge of my wooden bed. My chin went on my armrest when I pushed myself to sit up. One huff and then I

Get Your Flu Shot. You Could Save the Life of a Disabled Person.

Friday, September 28, 2018

“Oh, I never get the flu shot. It makes me sick,” a woman tells me at a dinner party, with the sort of shattering confidence that only ignorance can provide. I am, for a moment, taken aback — and living in Northern California, where ill-informed comments about vaccines are very much the norm, I should

Embracing My Queer, Disabled Identity

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I realized I am not straight my junior year of college. I had a massive crush on my friend, a girl. I still liked guys, though, so I figured I was bisexual, or pansexual, or whatever you want to use to describe someone who is attracted to all genders. Let’s use queer. As I began

Chasing the “High” of Disability Activism

Monday, September 24, 2018

In high school I had a science teacher, “Doc,” who several times throughout the year said that he could get high off the subject he taught – earth space science. This was his way of saying he was passionate about the topic and I always liked that. Over the years I’ve begun to realize that