Awareness

What I Wish People Knew About Sensory Processing Issues

Wednesday, November 14, 2018I’ve had sensory processing disorder my entire life. As a kid, it meant that I sometimes went to occupational therapy to practice my cursive handwriting and speech. As an adult, it might take a few minutes for me to recognize…

Disability Isn’t a Halloween Costume

Wednesday, October 17, 2018Last year, a friend who hadn’t seen me in a few years asked whether my bright, sparkly purple cane was part of my sense of style. I dress whimsically in colorful outfits with a lot of patterns and he’d never

Why We Need to Do More Than Just “Raise Awareness” for Disabilities

Thursday, October 11, 2018Erb’s palsy is an injury to a bundle of nerves in the shoulder. It typically happens during birth or motorcycle accidents and can leave a person’s arm and shoulder partially or totally paralyzed. Mine was a birth injury. That’s why…

Homelessness is a Disability Justice Issue

Tuesday, October 9, 2018A few months after I left college, I found myself working for a short time at a men’s homeless shelter in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. I was a peer advocate, providing meals and conversation during late afternoon and

Before You Offer Unsolicited Mental Health Advice on Social Media, Read This.

Thursday, July 12, 2018If you have a mental illness and you talk about it on the internet, someone is bound to respond almost immediately with unsolicited advice. Have you tried medication? Have you tried not taking medication? Meditation? Crystals? Yoga? A fad diet?…

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?…

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…

Hear Me Out: Being Inspired By Disabled People Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Tuesday, May 1, 2018When I was a student at the University of Iowa, a friend of a friend did her final project for a journalism class about the unique friendship between myself and a helper. I was happy with how this story turned…

#DeleteFacebook? It’s Not that Simple for Disabled People

Tuesday, March 27, 2018Facebook has been in the news lately as details have come out about privacy breaches. An organization called Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting and using personal data from Facebook to direct political messages to specific users. Rightfully outraged by…

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