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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

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

Friday, October 5, 2018Luck, 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…

What Does Inclusion Actually Look Like in the Workplace?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018Until 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.…

Disabled People Can Work in the Sh*ttiest Situations

Monday, October 1, 2018Content 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…

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