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Activist Spotlight: Annie Segarra – YouTuber, Artist, Activist

For Annie Segarra, also known on YouTube as Annie Elainey, accessibility is everything. Annie’s “The Future Is Accessible” shirts, which come in several colors, act as a call for visibility and intersectionality, and to prioritize accessibility. The shirts…
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Activist Spotlight: Keah Brown, Writer and Creator of #DisabledAndCute

When she started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, Keah Brown wasn’t thinking she’d start a movement. She woke up one day, and as she says, “I looked in the mirror and said something kind about myself.” She decided that she’d make
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Visibility Will Make Communities More Accessible to the Disabled

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

Almost 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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Reflecting on the Impact of #DisabilityTooWhite

It’s been just over a year since activist and Rooted in Rights’ new Digital Manager, Vilissa Thompson, created #DisabilityTooWhite (the hashtag turned a year old on May 18), and started meaningful conversations about race and intersectionality in the disability community.…
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My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help Me; Instead, She Bullied Me

Every day, I’d come home from high school and tell my parents that I was being bullied. They didn’t realize how bad it was until one late April day in 10th grade. My teacher informed the class that we were…
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The AHCA Would Put the Lives of Millions Like Me At Stake

I am one of the millions of people across the country who have benefited from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). I have significant medical costs as a result of living with a rare genetic neurometabolic disorder, a
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New Lawsuit Tackles the Notorious Inaccessibility of the NYC Subway System

New York City’s (NYC’s) public transportation system is notoriously inaccessible. Only about one in every five subway stations is wheelchair accessible, compared to about 90% of the subway system in Boston, where I currently live. Two class action lawsuits

VIDEO: #IAmAPreexistingCondition

As U.S. Senators prepare to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people with pre-existing conditions across the country are calling on them to listen: Healthcare is a human right. No