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(Video) “Typewriter artist” created hundreds of gorgeous paintings

Monday, November 3, 2014People with disabilities are often experts at finding ways to accomplish their goals using adaptive nontraditional methods. Paul Smith was no different. Born with cerebral palsy, Smith had an interest in art from an early age, but was unable to…

Freak shows: A dehumanizing display

Wednesday, October 29, 2014Question: True or False? Freak shows have gone extinct in the United States of America. Click on the headline above to see the answer to the question, and to learn more about "freak shows" in the United States.

(Video) Canadian Museum for Human Rights aims to inspire introspection and change

Tuesday, September 30, 2014A revolutionary new museum is opening in Canada. The first of its kind in North America, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, focuses on examining past violations of human rights in order to learn, change, and move forward.…

Disability activists condemn Kanye West

Thursday, September 25, 2014Famed and always controversial rapper Kanye West’s behavior at a recent concert in Australia has triggered condemnation from disability and other civil rights activists worldwide. At the concert, Kanye West, prior to performing his hit “Good Life,” called for the…

(Video) Demi Lovato advocates for mental health reform

Tuesday, September 16, 2014Demi Lovato has had many ups and downs in recent years but has remained triumphant in bringing awareness to issues of mental health. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the singer has admitted to her rough times, using alcohol and

Words That Hurt: “Blind”

Thursday, September 11, 2014Think about the lyrics to one of your favorite songs. Maybe it’s a love ballad, or a power jam that gets you through a work week. Do those lyrics ever reference a disability? For example, the 18th century and widely

Words That Hurt: “You’re so pretty for being in a wheelchair”

Monday, September 8, 2014A phrase that I have heard time and time again is, “You’re so pretty for being in a wheelchair.” This is said in different forms and sentences but the surprised tone is always the same, as if a person with a disability should not be attractive. I’ve had friends in wheelchairs get the same “compliments.” And, true, the speakers all intend for their comment to be a compliment. However, it sends a different signal. It signals something beyond the individual and suggests a larger problem: People in wheelchairs, or with disabilities, should not be good looking.

Ableist terms on Thought Catalog

Wednesday, July 23, 2014An article titled “15 Crazy Examples of Insanely Ableist Language” on Thought Catalog, has named some of the ableist terms that people use on a daily basis. The author, Parker Marie Molloy, starts by saying that the words we use…

Activist’s recently released memoir proves to be a must-read

Thursday, March 13, 2014In her recently released memoir, Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back, Harilyn Rousso offers a genuine reflection on growing up in a society that struggles to recognize the value of people with disabilities. Raised by a devoted…

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