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Disabled People Have the Right to Raise Children

I didn’t see many families like mine growing up. All my childhood friends’ parents had cars and could drive. My mom was visually impaired and had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. She was the first person to teach me that I shouldn’t be
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Can We Stop Arguing About the “Right Way” to Be a Disability Activist?

There is more than one way to do disability activism. This should be obvious, but needs repeating. There are plenty of internal arguments inside the disability community, about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, and disability type, not to…
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15 Autistic Activists You Should Follow This Autism Acceptance Month

It was around late 2012 or early 2013 when I first stumbled across the #ActuallyAutistic community online. Before I found the community, my ideas about what it means to be autistic came from my personal experience or from limited and
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What’s the Point of Trigger Warnings?

Trigger warnings are an incredibly contentious subject, from op-eds insisting that they’re ruining higher education to complaints that they’re wildly overused to a high profile author mocking them in the title of a book. But the conversation about trigger warnings…
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My Fight for Independence is a Fight for Disability Rights

For the first two decades of my life, I was never alone. Growing up with vocal cord paralysis, I was always accompanied by either my nurses, my parents, or another adult who was trained to work with kids who wear…
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Disabled People are Missing from Conversations on Campus Sexual Assault

Last month, the National Council on Disability released “Not on the Radar,” a comprehensive report about campus sexual assault and the disability community. It reveals extensive failures on this issue, from accessibility barriers at rape crisis services to…
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Activist Spotlight: Wendy Lu – National Reporter and Editor

Wendy Lu started working on reporting for what later became her New York Times feature “Dating With a Disability” while she was still enrolled as a graduate student in Columbia University’s journalism school. It was originally her master’s…
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VIDEO: #HandsOffMyADA

Congress is about to vote on HR 620 – a bill designed to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 1 out of 5 people in the US has a disability, and the ADA provides us with the fundamental civil…

Activist Spotlight: Sam Dylan Finch – Educator, Editor, Storyteller, and Musician

Sam Dylan Finch got his start in activism after he survived a suicide attempt at age eighteen. He began by performing music he wrote about mental illness, stigma, and abuse at local rallies. “I found that, by being visible