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

Disabled People Have the Right to Raise Children

Monday, May 7, 2018I didn’t see many families like mine growing up. All my childhood friends’ parents had cars and could drive. My mom was visually impaired and had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. She was the first person to teach me that I shouldn’t be

Can We Stop Arguing About the “Right Way” to Be a Disability Activist?

Friday, May 4, 2018There is more than one way to do disability activism. This should be obvious, but needs repeating. There are plenty of internal arguments inside the disability community, about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, and disability type, not to…

15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

Thursday, April 26, 2018It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and

What’s the Point of Trigger Warnings?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018Trigger warnings are an incredibly contentious subject, from op-eds insisting that they’re ruining higher education to complaints that they’re wildly overused to a high profile author mocking them in the title of a book. But the conversation about trigger warnings…

My Fight for Independence is a Fight for Disability Rights

Friday, April 6, 2018For the first two decades of my life, I was never alone. Growing up with vocal cord paralysis, I was always accompanied by either my nurses, my parents, or another adult who was trained to work with kids who wear…

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…

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…

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

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