Identifying as “Disabled” Brings Me Peace in a World Hostile to My Existence

Friday, September 14, 2018Before I entered college, I never thought about disability. Or at least, I never thought about it with that exact word. Mental illness. Mentally ill. Disorder. Burden. These were all words I used to describe myself before “disabled” and “disability”

Florida’s New “School Safety” Law Discriminates Against Students With Mental Illnesses

Monday, August 20, 2018Note: In an effort not to conflate the specific legal meanings of “mental illness” with the intentionally broad umbrella term “neurodivergent,” the following article predominantly uses the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” rather than “neurodivergent.” However, in certain cases…

Activist Spotlight: Ariel Henley – Writer

Friday, November 17, 2017Ariel Henley has always loved writing, but didn’t always know that she would use it to amplify issues that she cares about, whether the topic is sex education for the disability community or media representation of facial disfigurement. Born

Why Finding Cures for Genetic Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Our Main Goal

Monday, October 16, 2017Iceland was recently the subject of controversial headlines proclaiming that the country is “eliminating” Down syndrome through prenatal screening and subsequent termination of pregnancies. While these news stories were later found to be sensationalist, we need to discuss the

Reflecting on the Impact of #DisabilityTooWhite

Wednesday, June 14, 2017It’s been just over a year since activist and Rooted in Rights’ new Digital Manager, Vilissa Thompson, created #DisabilityTooWhite (the hashtag turned a year old on May 18), and started meaningful conversations about race and intersectionality in the disability community.…

Knowledge is Power When Advocating for Disability Rights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017Traveling is a stressful process for anyone; but after navigating the city of Las Vegas upon flying in, I hoped to have a little time to unwind. I was relaxing to the sound of my guide dog, Jason, lapping up…

Questions of Discrimination

Monday, March 28, 2016Today is Law Student Mental Health Day. Time to take a look at the barriers some law students face when they have sought mental health treatment during school. The first barrier is the very front door to the legal…

DRW launches “Questions of Discrimination”

Thursday, April 17, 2014“Questions of Discrimination” a new documentary by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) reveals the mental health bias and stigma inherent in the process used to decide who is fit to become a lawyer.  In Washington State as in many other states,…

Supreme Court recognizes “ministerial exception” to discrimination claims

Wednesday, January 18, 2012A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled January 11 that the American with Disabilities Act, and other anti-discrimination statutes, do not apply to individuals employed at religious institutions, in what had previously been recognized by other courts as the “ministerial exception.”…

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