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15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

Thursday, April 26, 2018It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and

First Doctors Told Me My Pain Was All In My Head, Then They Told Me I Would Die

Tuesday, April 24, 2018My disability requires me to carry memory foam pillows with me everywhere I go.  My disability is invisible — the pillows are not. At a recent cardiology appointment, a nurse made fun of my memory foam pillows, assuming I was…

Don’t Use “Functioning Labels” to Victim-Blame Me

Thursday, April 19, 2018Content note: this post discusses sexual abuse and rape. When people find out that I survived a rape and my assailant was a woman, their tone often immediately shifts from sympathy to disbelief or confusion: “How could a woman rape

Autistic People are Taking Back Autism “Awareness.” It’s About Acceptance.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018As a joke a few years ago, I posted on April 2 (widely celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day), “I think you’re all aware, but I’m autistic.” I was sick of seeing photos of non-autistic people on fundraising walks for

Disabled People Can Sexually Harass and Assault People, Too

Thursday, April 12, 2018There are many reasons as to why women who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse do not come forward straightaway, including the fear of not being believed. Such disbelief often stems from the perpetrator not matching stereotypes of the sort…

What’s the Point of Trigger Warnings?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018Trigger warnings are an incredibly contentious subject, from op-eds insisting that they’re ruining higher education to complaints that they’re wildly overused to a high profile author mocking them in the title of a book. But the conversation about trigger warnings…

My Fight for Independence is a Fight for Disability Rights

Friday, April 6, 2018For the first two decades of my life, I was never alone. Growing up with vocal cord paralysis, I was always accompanied by either my nurses, my parents, or another adult who was trained to work with kids who wear…

I Needed My Caregiver to Keep Me Alive. She Exploited That Power.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018Content note: this post discusses the concept of caregiver abuse. I have a fear of becoming a statistic. I made it through four years of college without being 1 in 3 disabled women sexually assaulted on college campuses, a number…

Judi Chamberlin: Mad Pride and the Fight Against Institutionalizing Women

Thursday, March 29, 2018Content note: this post discusses miscarriage, mental illness, and forced institutionalization. It’s Women’s History Month, which makes it an excellent time to talk about the fact that women’s history and disability history overlap significantly; notable women from Harriet Tubman to…

#DeleteFacebook? It’s Not that Simple for Disabled People

Tuesday, March 27, 2018Facebook has been in the news lately as details have come out about privacy breaches. An organization called Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting and using personal data from Facebook to direct political messages to specific users. Rightfully outraged by…

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