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In Case of Emergency, What Happens to Disabled Students?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018One of my most vivid third grade memories involves a fire drill. While the bells clamored overhead, we dutifully streamed out the door of our ground-level classroom, proceeding down the ramp to our required assembly point on the playground, near…

Ban Inaccessibility, Not Plastic Straws

Thursday, June 7, 2018Straw or no straw? This question has become the topic of debate in cities all around the world. While there’s no denying that disposable plastic straws create issues for the environment, calls for an outright ban on them are problematic.…

Are We Turning a Corner on Discussions of Gun Violence and Mental Health?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018Content note: this post discusses gun violence, mental illness, and sexually abusive behavior. Like many of us living in the United States, I’m constantly bracing for the news of yet another mass shooting. As a human, I’m horrified by the…

We Want YOU to Support the Disability Vote (A Voting Accessibility Guide)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018The 2018 midterms are upon us, and 35 million disabled people in the U.S. are theoretically eligible to vote. But how many will cast ballots? Our voter turnout consistently lags far behind nondisabled people, especially in the case of…

It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Intersections of Marginalized Identities

Friday, May 25, 2018Intersectionality, according Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined the term, “is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.” It has also been defined as “a framework designed to explore

May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. Here’s What You Should Know.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018When I tell people I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), they usually give me a blank stare or reply, “What does that mean?” Answering doesn’t clear up any of their questions, and it actually creates more: How did I get EDS?…

Affordable Housing for Disabled People Should Be a Right, Not a Luxury

Monday, May 21, 2018At the end of last month, I woke up to the swooshing sound of an envelope being stealthily slipped under my door. When I got out of bed to inspect it, the greeting did not even include my name, but…

Activist Spotlight: Lillie Lainoff – Writer

Thursday, May 17, 2018Lillie Lainoff always wanted to be a writer. When she came home from her first day of kindergarten with her first short story—two sentences about a girl with a pet goldfish—she announced that this was what she wanted to do

I’m Tired of Being Accused of “Faking” My Need for a Service Animal

Tuesday, May 15, 2018This blog post was re-published on HuffPost. Recently, while on a date, the subject of service animals came up. My date spoke of a female coworker of theirs who would occasionally bring a service dog to work. They expressed…

As a Chronically Ill Mom, Even Tater Tots Are a Way to Show My Kids Love

Friday, May 11, 2018My Nonnie was a gruff and funny woman who, even at Thanksgiving, put a huge slab of lasagna on our plates as an appetizer. Even with a turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, breaded cauliflower, oil and vinegar salad, pumpkin pie,…

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