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I’m Not Sorry If My Disability Makes You Uncomfortable

I spent the first 30 years of my life doing everything I could to not let people know I couldn’t see things. I ordered the same things at the fast food restaurant, I got dropped off a block away so nobody knew that my parents were driving me, I didn’t follow my dream to study medicine or be a scientist.
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VIDEO: Creative Control with Shannon Finnegan

Creative Control is a video series showcasing artists with disabilities and the ways they are helping to evolve cultural narratives.
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The Joy of Being Autistic in Spaces Built By and For Autistic People

When Haley Moss, an attorney, visual pop artist, and author from Florida, was 13, she went to the Autism Society of America Conference, a conference dedicated to presentations, discussions, and workshops about autism. It was the first time she’d
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VIDEO: A Blessing All My Own

For National Poetry month, Rooted in Rights is excited to share “A Blessing All My Own,” a poetry collaboration between Claudia Castro Luna and Angela Lemus-Mogrovejo.
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Billie Eilish Isn’t “Just” a Musician with Tourette’s, But She Makes Me Feel Seen 

There are many reasons why I’m obsessed with Billie Eilish. Though she’s six years my junior, Eilish has become a personal heroine of my in a short amount of time. Her bold and unapologetic sense of style, her dreamy and…
Solid colored background with the following text in white font: #EqualPay4OurWork: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage. Co-hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (@NFB_voice) and Shaun Bickley (@LeftistAutist). Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST

#EqualPay4OurWork Twitter Chat: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage

Archive of Twitter Chat When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary protection:  a minimum wage.  But Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers – people with disabilities – to be…
Photo of 3 disabled Asian American women, Mia Mingus, Alice Wong and Sandy Ho (from left to right). Mia is wearing glasses and large hoop earrings. Alice is wearing a brightly colored scarf and an army-camouflage-print jacket. She is wearing a mask over her nose with a tube for her Bi-Pap machine. Sandy has wavy short hair and is wearing a black sweater. Behind them is a concrete wall with a door.

On Valentine’s Day, Let’s Recognize Why #AccessIsLove

Roses, chocolates, galentines…there is a lot of emphasis on love for people in our personal lives this time of year. I could cry into my glass of rosé over the lack of romance in my life but instead,
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The Disability Intersectionality Summit: A Gathering for Justice

On a damp and chilly Saturday in mid-October, I rolled out of bed several hours earlier than I usually would have in order to attend the biannual Disability Intersectionality Summit in nearby Cambridge, Mass on the MIT campus. Groggy but
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Identifying as “Disabled” Brings Me Peace in a World Hostile to My Existence

Before I entered college, I never thought about disability. Or at least, I never thought about it with that exact word. Mental illness. Mentally ill. Disorder. Burden. These were all words I used to describe myself before “disabled” and “disability”