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Home Health Aides Help Me Live My Life. We Need to Pay Them Better.

When I decided to begin living on my own after my mother’s stroke, I knew I would receive an increase in the number of weekly attendant hours assigned to me. Since I required assistance with several activities of daily living,…
A person in a manual wheelchair holds a red laptop in their lap.

Here’s How You Can Show Solidarity to Disabled Classmates

Back-to-school season can be a stressful time for members of the disability community, especially those who are entering new schools and new phases of their educations. Inaccessibility is a constant problem on campuses, and that doesn’t just include physical access…
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We Need to Think About the Future Beyond “Miracle Drugs”

On December 23, 2016, the FDA approved a drug treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Two days before Christmas. I wished the timing was different, a month earlier or later would have been better. So close to Christmas, the approval…
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Picture This: a Disability Community That’s Truly Inclusive of All

Close your eyes and picture a disabled person. At work, one of my jobs is finding images to pair with our weekly newsletter articles. Since we are a non-profit that advocates for people with disabilities, I often find myself combing…
A 3d rendering of a GPS route. There are red cars scattered about the map and two signals - one from a pole, and one from a drone in the sky.

Electronic Visit Verification: a Threat to Independence for Disabled People

Dennis Borel of the Texas Coalition of People with Disabilities sums up Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) in one crisp comment: “What am I, a felon? Put an ankle bracelet on me.” If you’re not familiar with EVV, it involves the…
Coins are scattered on a table. Three piles of coins, each bigger than the next, lead up to a stack of coins with a small wooden model of a house on top.

Affordable Housing for Disabled People Should Be a Right, Not a Luxury

At the end of last month, I woke up to the swooshing sound of an envelope being stealthily slipped under my door. When I got out of bed to inspect it, the greeting did not even include my name, but…

VIDEO: The Right to Your Graduation

It’s the New Year, and that means we are just about six months away from graduation. Graduation is an exciting time to celebrate all of our accomplishments, but what if you can’t attend your own graduation because you have a…
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Celebrating the Disability Community’s 2017 Wins

Disabled people have accomplished some really kickass things in 2017 that we should recognize. It’s not easy existing as a disabled person in an ableist world (and even tougher if you’re multiply marginalized), but I believe in celebrating our successes,
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‘Tis the Season for Inclusive Holiday Festivities

‘Tis the season for parties, from office holiday parties, to those hosted by friends and families, to charity galas. And we all know what comes with large public shindigs: Inevitable accessibility problems. When events designed to make people feel like…