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If You Really Value the Work of Disabled People, Pay Us For It

Tuesday, August 14, 2018Every week, I get at least a half-dozen requests from disability organizations to volunteer my time to them. They want me to come speak, write, design social media campaigns, join their boards, and provide expert advice on autistic community politics…

Picture This: a Disability Community That’s Truly Inclusive of All

Friday, August 10, 2018Close your eyes and picture a disabled person. At work, one of my jobs is finding images to pair with our weekly newsletter articles. Since we are a non-profit that advocates for people with disabilities, I often find myself combing…

Anti-Stigma Mental Health Campaigns Often Ignore Our Realities

Wednesday, August 8, 2018I have to be honest: I am not a fan of anti-stigma campaigns. Or, at least, not the way the campaigns are normally run. Let me explain why: I am forever grateful to live in a time where openness about

Delta’s Pit Bull Service Dog Ban is Disability Discrimination: Here’s What You Need to Know

Monday, August 6, 2018Defying disability rights, scientific fact and public outcry, Delta Airlines has prohibited pit bull-type service dogs on their flights.  As of July 10th, any person with a disability who attempts to bring a pit bull-type service dog on a…

Shock Therapy is Still Legal. It’s Time to #StopTheShock.

Thursday, August 2, 2018The Judge Rotenberg Center, an educational and residential facility in Canton, Massachusetts, says it has a “near zero rejection policy,” accepting autistic people and those with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions whose families say they have nowhere…

Electronic Visit Verification: a Threat to Independence for Disabled People

Tuesday, July 31, 2018Dennis Borel of the Texas Coalition of People with Disabilities sums up Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) in one crisp comment: “What am I, a felon? Put an ankle bracelet on me.” If you’re not familiar with EVV, it involves the…

Have Schools Become More Inclusive and Accessible in the Last 28 Years?

Thursday, July 26, 2018When I started school in the Malden public school system just outside Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1990s, accessibility and accommodations in the classroom were a significant challenge. It’s now been 28 years since the the Americans with Disabilities Act

28 Years After the ADA, Disabled People are Still Fighting for Accessible Event Seating

Tuesday, July 24, 2018This winter, my friends and I bought tickets to see “50 Shades Freed,” because hate-watching and laughing at the franchise’s terrible movies is a tradition that we started when the first film premiered for Valentine’s Day. When we got to…

Disabled Person Online? Here are Some Tips for Navigating the Internet.

Thursday, July 19, 2018We are all a bit skittish about the internet these days. There’s shady data collection, “fake news,” and the addictive qualities of social media to contend with, not to mention the emotional toll that online life can take when it…

We Need to Break Through the Silence on Abuses of Institutionalized Children

Tuesday, July 17, 2018Content note: this post discusses psychiatric hospitalization and sexual abuse. When I was thirteen years old, I was sexually abused by a staff member in a psychiatric hospital. The first time she abused me, she took me into the examination…

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