Awareness

Acceptance and Accommodations: Bridges to Workplace Inclusion

Tuesday, November 22, 2016“You don’t look disabled,” a well-meaning colleague said. How do you respond to that? Say “thank you,” as if somehow you hit the jackpot that your disability was not immediately apparent? I opted not to extend false gratitude. Smiling, I…

Impassable Sidewalks Turn Curb Cuts Into “Decorative Accents”

Thursday, November 17, 2016It’s easy for the able-bodied to take getting around for granted. Most people can drive, walk, or take public transportation with relative ease. Not so for many with disabilities. In light of Rooted in Rights’ #CrappyCurb campaign, I’d like to…

Calling All Towns: Shovel Your Crappy Snow-Covered Curbs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016I am lucky to have lived in Colorado my entire life, enjoying the 300 days of sunshine, outdoor adventures, laid-back vibe, and genuinely kind community members. But Colorado winters can be brutal, especially for people with mobility disabilities. When homeowners…

The Public Health Statistic that Fails Disabled People

Wednesday, October 19, 2016I first encountered the term “Disability-Adjusted Life Years,” or DALYs, during my second year of studying public health in college, and as a disabled person, the concept is concerning to me. DALYs are a measure used to calculate

Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Tuesday, October 18, 2016Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…

People with disabilities should be viewed as dateable

Monday, October 10, 2016Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is taking on the myth that people with disabilities are disconnected from sexuality. The first model who uses a wheelchair to be featured at New York Fashion Week, and Miss Wheelchair New York 2, Sheypuk believes that…

Scream Queens fails at depicting character with NF

Thursday, October 6, 2016The Children’s Tumor Foundation is calling for the popular TV show Scream Queens to educate itself about neurofibromatosis, or NF, following a recent episode filled with misinformation. In the episode, the show introduced a character with NF named Tyler. Tyler…

People with disabilities excluded from UK nightclubs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016We all have pastimes we like to do to have fun and relax with friends. Often, these pastimes include engagement with our town or city in a way that is enjoyable and often essential to feeling like we ‘belong’ in…

The Invisible Disability Project is making it easier to call out ableism

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Do you ever find yourself explaining ‘ableism’ to a friend or colleague for what feels like the hundredth time? Every individual should be familiar with the term, yet unfortunately people with disabilities are often tasked with the burden of repeatedly…

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