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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…

Have Schools Become More Inclusive and Accessible in the Last 28 Years?

Thursday, July 26, 2018When I started school in the Malden public school system just outside Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1990s, accessibility and accommodations in the classroom were a significant challenge. It’s now been 28 years since the the Americans with Disabilities Act

28 Years After the ADA, Disabled People are Still Fighting for Accessible Event Seating

Tuesday, July 24, 2018This winter, my friends and I bought tickets to see “50 Shades Freed,” because hate-watching and laughing at the franchise’s terrible movies is a tradition that we started when the first film premiered for Valentine’s Day. When we got to…

Are Abortion Bans on the Basis of Disability Really in the Interest of Disability Rights?

Thursday, January 18, 2018The abortion debate in the United States has been forever compromised by the clash of politics and personal medical decisions — abortion is no longer a value-neutral, private choice. One regrettable consequence of that shift has been the creation of…

How ADAPT and Allies Changed the Conversation About Disability Issues in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017Many nondisabled people were introduced to disability rights activism in 2017 with splashy protests from ADAPT, Housing Works, and other organizations who fought ferociously to defend health care on Capitol Hill. Those protests joined a long and rich history of…

Winn-Dixie Case Heralds New Era of Online Access

Tuesday, August 8, 2017Should a website be considered a “public accommodation” just like a business’s physical location? A recent case in Florida explored just that question, as a blind consumer sued the popular Winn-Dixie grocery chain because their website was inaccessible — and

Visibility Will Make Communities More Accessible to the Disabled

Friday, July 28, 2017Twenty-seven years. That’s how long it’s been since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Absorbing that it’s been a little over a quarter century since the ADA’s enactment and acknowledging work of many forebears, I

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Then and Now

Wednesday, July 26, 2017On Thursday, July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I was in my first year working at a Center for Independent Living, and my understanding of disability was evolving. I was starting…

How Much Has the Americans with Disabilities Act Positively Impacted College Students?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made great strides in equal access, but it has not accomplished nearly enough. As a recent graduate, I experienced first-hand the dichotomy between how the ADA has positively impacted the college experience, and…

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