Opinion

Disabled Person Online? Here are Some Tips for Navigating the Internet.

Thursday, July 19, 2018We are all a bit skittish about the internet these days. There’s shady data collection, “fake news,” and the addictive qualities of social media to contend with, not to mention the emotional toll that online life can take when it…

Ban Inaccessibility, Not Plastic Straws

Thursday, June 7, 2018Straw or no straw? This question has become the topic of debate in cities all around the world. While there’s no denying that disposable plastic straws create issues for the environment, calls for an outright ban on them are problematic.…

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…

Proposed Changes to Nutritional Assistance Programs Will Disproportionately Affect Disabled People

Friday, February 16, 2018I am disabled and though I am not currently on food stamps, there have been times in my life when I have relied on them. Food stamps have been in the news again lately as the current administration has proposed

Dating and Disability: Navigating Life Together in an Unaccommodating World

Wednesday, February 14, 2018When I was picking out my first cane almost two years ago, my partner did all the right things—she showed up and listened to me. She helped me work through some of the internalized ableism I had about using a…

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…

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…

I Had a Kidney Transplant, and the AHCA Would Cause Me Significant Financial Troubles

Wednesday, June 21, 2017Almost three years ago, I had a kidney transplant that saved my life after living with chronic kidney disease for 35 years. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was just passed by the House and is going to move

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