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What I Wish People Knew About Sensory Processing Issues

Wednesday, November 14, 2018I’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…

The Disability Intersectionality Summit: A Gathering for Justice

Tuesday, November 13, 2018On 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

Disability and the Weight of Loneliness

Thursday, November 8, 2018For 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

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

Monday, November 5, 2018This 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

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018It 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

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018This 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…

Disabled People are Worth More Than the Hours We Can Work

Monday, October 29, 2018It 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…

Disability Isn’t a Halloween Costume

Wednesday, October 17, 2018Last 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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018Erb’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…

Homelessness is a Disability Justice Issue

Tuesday, October 9, 2018A 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

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