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Disabled People are Missing from Conversations on Campus Sexual Assault

Monday, March 19, 2018Last month, the National Council on Disability released “Not on the Radar,” a comprehensive report about campus sexual assault and the disability community. It reveals extensive failures on this issue, from accessibility barriers at rape crisis services to…

Stop Blaming My Sexual Assault On My Disability

Thursday, March 15, 2018To some people, I am their example of an outspoken survivor. I have been called courageous, brave, everything in between. I have spoken at the United Nations and was a delegate at the World Health Organization’s 8th milestones meeting on…

Why Won’t Doctors Believe Women in Pain?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018I’ve never been drunk, never once succumbed to peer pressure to smoke, do drugs or get high.  I’m not a partier — never have been, never will be.  Up until three and a half years ago, the strongest substance I…

Activist Spotlight: Wendy Lu – National Reporter and Editor

Tuesday, March 6, 2018Wendy Lu started working on reporting for what later became her New York Times feature “Dating With a Disability” while she was still enrolled as a graduate student in Columbia University’s journalism school. It was originally her master’s…

My Mother Thought I’d Be Better Off Dead Because I’m Disabled

Thursday, March 1, 2018Trigger warning: this post discusses, in graphic detail, abuse and violence against a disabled family member. I wait patiently to hear the truck crunch through the gravel-filled alleyway. I have 30 minutes – probably less. I scour the fridge for…

Is Strip-Searching a Form of Sexual Abuse?

Friday, February 23, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses institutionalization and sexual…

Recognizing the Experiences of People Who Identify as Mentally Ill Within the #MeToo Movement

Thursday, February 22, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses rape and mental…

How Life-Sustaining Medical Care Can Trigger Memories of Sexual Violence

Wednesday, February 21, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses sexual abuse, rape,…

We Cannot Ignore the Connection Between Disability and Intimate Partner Abuse

Tuesday, February 20, 2018This blog post is part of a series in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project® to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. Trigger warning: this post discusses abuse, violence, and…

Proposed Changes to Nutritional Assistance Programs Will Disproportionately Affect Disabled People

Friday, February 16, 2018I am disabled and though I am not currently on food stamps, there have been times in my life when I have relied on them. Food stamps have been in the news again lately as the current administration has proposed

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