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Empower Your Students Through Disability-Conscious Teaching

Thursday, September 6, 2018Historically, disabled people have been subjected to isolated, segregated education. And there’s still a notion that a disabled person in the classroom is a shocking and novel thing, and disabled people don’t belong in school. In a classroom space where…

Sex Education is for Everyone. Even Disabled Kids.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018We live in a society that desexualizes disabled bodies. This allows the topics of sex and sexuality to be left out of the educations of many young disabled people. As disabled students head back into the classroom this year, this…

Students With Mental Health Disabilities Are Not a Burden

Tuesday, September 4, 2018Halfway through my time in college, I found myself wondering whether I should bother returning to therapy, either on or off-campus. Despite having studied psychology for a few years and having previously seen a therapist on campus, I felt apprehensive

Doctors Need to Believe People Who Are Disabled and Undiagnosed

Friday, August 31, 2018When you’re disabled, people expect your story to follow a predictable trajectory: you experience a symptom (or a litany of symptoms), you see doctors and specialists, tests are run, and at some point, you receive a diagnosis. Though it might…

We Need to Think About the Future Beyond “Miracle Drugs”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018On December 23, 2016, the FDA approved a drug treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Two days before Christmas. I wished the timing was different, a month earlier or later would have been better. So close to Christmas, the approval…

Voting Isn’t Always Accessible For Blind People, But I Refuse to Not Vote

Monday, August 27, 2018As an African-American who grew up with parents who lived under segregation I have known and understood the importance and power of the right to vote. Many times my dad, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, would constantly tell me…

My Disabilities Make Me Both Broken and Whole

Friday, August 24, 2018A dichotomy is defined as a contrast between two things.  It is two stones with a gulf between them, two planets on opposite sides of the sun, two opinions, two political parties, two opposites.  And in my case, one person. …

I Celebrate Disability Pride, But Am I Really Proud of My Mental Illness?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018When advertising for this year’s New Orleans Disability Pride Festival I was blown away by the positive responses we received, but there was one outlier expressing their disapproval whose words I just cannot shake. Amid the cries of “This is…

Florida’s New “School Safety” Law Discriminates Against Students With Mental Illnesses

Monday, August 20, 2018Note: In an effort not to conflate the specific legal meanings of “mental illness” with the intentionally broad umbrella term “neurodivergent,” the following article predominantly uses the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” rather than “neurodivergent.” However, in certain cases…

Navigating the Twists and Turns of Healthcare as a Trans Disabled Person

Thursday, August 16, 2018Statistics on the transgender community are hard to come by — we can’t even agree on how many people in the United States are trans. We do know, however, that trans people experience significant health care disparities, particularly in…

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