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4 Activists Who Make Me Proud to be Disabled and Transgender

Thursday, June 14, 2018As a disabled, transgender person, I don’t have a lot of role models.  To understand what it means resist ableism and transphobia at the same time, I started researching the history of our community.  Here are four disabled, transgender people…

Judi Chamberlin: Mad Pride and the Fight Against Institutionalizing Women

Thursday, March 29, 2018Content note: this post discusses miscarriage, mental illness, and forced institutionalization. It’s Women’s History Month, which makes it an excellent time to talk about the fact that women’s history and disability history overlap significantly; notable women from Harriet Tubman to…

Celebrating the Past and Fighting for the Future of the Independent Living Movement

Tuesday, January 23, 2018When Judith Heumann met Ed Roberts, founder of the Independent Living Movement, she was in New York working with Disabled In Action, the civil rights organization she founded to fight discrimination against the disability community. At the time, Disabled

Celebrating the Disability Community’s 2017 Wins

Tuesday, January 2, 2018Disabled people have accomplished some really kickass things in 2017 that we should recognize. It’s not easy existing as a disabled person in an ableist world (and even tougher if you’re multiply marginalized), but I believe in celebrating our successes,

My Journey with Disability Language and Identity

Monday, April 10, 2017Are we “handicapped” or “disabled,” “disabled people” or “people with disabilities,” “differently abled” or “special needs?” The debate over disability language is exhausting and exasperating. But I come back to it because the ever-changing ways we talk and think about…

Tim Nugent dies at 92, following life of disability rights advocacy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015Timothy J. Nugent lived a life of tireless advocacy work advancing the rights of people with disabilities, in particular relating to the right to education. Nugent contributed heavily to the disability rights movement by pushing for policy change regarding rights…

Portrait of the Whole Person: Biographies and Paintings, November 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015PORTRAIT OF THE WHOLE PERSON: Paintings and Biographies Presented by Bertschi School in Partnership with Disability Rights Washington November 16 to December 14, 2015 At Montlake Public Library 2401 24th Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112 Bertschi School, in partnership with…

The pros and cons of using limb-lengthening surgeries to enhance the human body

Saturday, October 31, 2015The surgeon comes into the operating room and begins the procedure. This surgery is supposed to enhance the young person’s life. First comes the buzzing and grinding of the medical equipment. Next there’s the implantation of the medical device. Lastly,…

The origin of the term “Little People”

Friday, October 30, 2015“Look at that baby over there!”; “Wow! You’re so tiny!”; “There’s that midget over there!”; “How old are you?”; “Can you read?”; “Can you write?”; “How come you can talk?”; “Do you wear footie pajamas to bed because you’re so…

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