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Stop Telling Chronic Pain Patients That We Should Just Accept Our Pain

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The “pain acceptance” movement has begun to gain traction in the wake of deaths from the opioid epidemic—at its most basic, pain acceptance counsels that people in chronic pain should accept that they will always be in some level of pain, and that they should learn to live with it. The theory has netted high-profile

How Can I Feel Proud When LGBTQIA+ Pride Events Exclude Me?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It’s June, which means it’s Pride season! My queer little heart will always get excited about this time of year, but it’s also painful. It’s been a long time since I have participated in a Pride celebration. I’ve identified as queer and/or bisexual for as long as I can remember, with the associated high school

If Your LGBTQIA+ Pride Event Isn’t Accessible to Disabled People, You’re Missing Out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Like many other disabled people, one of the first questions I ask when I’m making plans is, “Will this be accessible?” And as much as I love going to celebrate at Pride events, the answer is often, “No, or pretty much no.” Recently, the Stonewall Inn refused entry to a blind person and their service

4 Activists Who Make Me Proud to be Disabled and Transgender

Thursday, June 14, 2018

As a disabled, transgender person, I don’t have a lot of role models.  To understand what it means resist ableism and transphobia at the same time, I started researching the history of our community.  Here are four disabled, transgender people in whom I take pride: Few people are as important to transgender history as Marsha

In Case of Emergency, What Happens to Disabled Students?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

One of my most vivid third grade memories involves a fire drill. While the bells clamored overhead, we dutifully streamed out the door of our ground-level classroom, proceeding down the ramp to our required assembly point on the playground, near the swings. But one of my classmates wasn’t with us: A student with Down syndrome

Ban Inaccessibility, Not Plastic Straws

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Straw or no straw? This question has become the topic of debate in cities all around the world. While there’s no denying that disposable plastic straws create issues for the environment, calls for an outright ban on them are problematic. To the average nondisabled person, a plastic straw seems like a nice-to-have accessory, but for

Are We Turning a Corner on Discussions of Gun Violence and Mental Health?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Content note: this post discusses gun violence, mental illness, and sexually abusive behavior. Like many of us living in the United States, I’m constantly bracing for the news of yet another mass shooting. As a human, I’m horrified by the rising death toll connected with guns in the United States — the vast majority of

We Want YOU to Support the Disability Vote (A Voting Accessibility Guide)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The 2018 midterms are upon us, and 35 million disabled people in the U.S. are theoretically eligible to vote. But how many will cast ballots? Our voter turnout consistently lags far behind nondisabled people, especially in the case of people with mobility impairments, cognitive disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. It’s not necessarily that we don’t want

It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Intersections of Marginalized Identities

Friday, May 25, 2018

Intersectionality, according Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined the term, “is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” It has also been defined as “a framework designed to explore the dynamic between co-existing identities (e.g. woman, Black) and connected systems of oppression (e.g. patriarchy, white supremacy)” by