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Dating and Disability: Navigating Life Together in an Unaccommodating World

Wednesday, February 14, 2018When I was picking out my first cane almost two years ago, my partner did all the right things—she showed up and listened to me. She helped me work through some of the internalized ableism I had about using a…

Activist Spotlight: Sam Dylan Finch – Educator, Editor, Storyteller, and Musician

Friday, February 9, 2018Sam Dylan Finch got his start in activism after he survived a suicide attempt at age eighteen. He began by performing music he wrote about mental illness, stigma, and abuse at local rallies. “I found that, by being visible

Call for Stories: #MeToo and the Disability Community

Tuesday, February 6, 2018In partnership with the Disability Visibility Project®, Rooted in Rights will publish a series of stories to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. All disabled people are welcome to…

Why Fake Service and Emotional Support Animals Create Barriers for People Who Actually Need Them

Monday, February 5, 2018Earlier this week, United Airlines denied boarding to a woman with a peacock that she claimed was an emotional support animal. The sensational story went viral and in response United announced increased requirements for bringing a service animal or emotional…

Celebrating the Past and Fighting for the Future of the Independent Living Movement

Tuesday, January 23, 2018When Judith Heumann met Ed Roberts, founder of the Independent Living Movement, she was in New York working with Disabled In Action, the civil rights organization she founded to fight discrimination against the disability community. At the time, Disabled

Are Abortion Bans on the Basis of Disability Really in the Interest of Disability Rights?

Thursday, January 18, 2018The abortion debate in the United States has been forever compromised by the clash of politics and personal medical decisions — abortion is no longer a value-neutral, private choice. One regrettable consequence of that shift has been the creation of…

Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions…

Celebrating the Disability Community’s 2017 Wins

Tuesday, January 2, 2018Disabled people have accomplished some really kickass things in 2017 that we should recognize. It’s not easy existing as a disabled person in an ableist world (and even tougher if you’re multiply marginalized), but I believe in celebrating our successes,

How ADAPT and Allies Changed the Conversation About Disability Issues in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017Many nondisabled people were introduced to disability rights activism in 2017 with splashy protests from ADAPT, Housing Works, and other organizations who fought ferociously to defend health care on Capitol Hill. Those protests joined a long and rich history of…

#BoycottToSiri Highlights Why Non-Autistic People Must Stop Speaking Over the Autistic Community

Monday, December 18, 2017The experience of being an autistic person isn’t universal, but there is one thing that we’ve all experienced—non-autistic (or “allistic”) people speaking over us. A recent example of this is To Siri With Love, a memoir by Judith Newman

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