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How Proposed Changes to Public Charge Will Make It Hard to Immigrate with a Disability

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Immigration is already an expensive, difficult process for anyone—but it might soon become even harder for immigrants with disabilities. In October 2018, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule change to existing laws surrounding immigration known as public charge. The idea of public charge was first introduced into U.S. immigration policy in 1882. In

I’m Done Hiding the Fact that I Take Medications for My Mental Illness

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

At my first rights-oriented mental health conference, I was unsure whether or not I would be accepted. Wait, what? you may ask. Bear with me. You see, I’m a survivor of overmedication. Wait, is this going to be one of those anti-medication blog posts that invalidates my experiences as a person who benefits from Prozac?

Why BDSM is a Healing Practice for My Mental Health

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tighter. Please. Keep my mind still. Help my mind stay in this body. I pray to anyone who will listen. Winding, twisting, knotting, allowing myself to be tied into place. Tying the knots so tight my mind will not stray away from me. Wrapped in red cottons, black hemp and Costco rope. All in attempts

Why We All Need to Fight for the Rights of Transgender Disabled People

Monday, November 19, 2018

It’s a difficult time to be disabled in America. We are stretched thin, fighting for our lives on multiple fronts. And when your own house is on fire, it’s understandable to feel that you lack the resources to fight for your neighbor’s home. But following the leak of the current administration’s anti-trans memo in late

What I Wish People Knew About Sensory Processing Issues

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I’ve had sensory processing disorder my entire life. As a kid, it meant that I sometimes went to occupational therapy to practice my cursive handwriting and speech. As an adult, it might take a few minutes for me to recognize someone I don’t see very often, or I’ll laugh at a joke a second off-beat

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