A watercolor painting of a person painted in rainbow colors sitting on a the edge of a cliff.

Anti-Stigma Mental Health Campaigns Often Ignore Our Realities

I have to be honest: I am not a fan of anti-stigma campaigns. Or, at least, not the way the campaigns are normally run. Let me explain why: I am forever grateful to live in a time where openness about

VIDEO: Running Out

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are all underrepresented in public office. So what if you’re all three of those — is there a place in politics for you?…
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…
The words Autism Awareness made from vintage lead letterpress type. Over the word "awareness" is the word "acceptance" in bold red letters.

Autistic People are Taking Back Autism “Awareness.” It’s About Acceptance.

As a joke a few years ago, I posted on April 2 (widely celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day), “I think you’re all aware, but I’m autistic.” I was sick of seeing photos of non-autistic people on fundraising walks for
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Proposed Changes to Nutritional Assistance Programs Will Disproportionately Affect Disabled People

I am disabled and though I am not currently on food stamps, there have been times in my life when I have relied on them. Food stamps have been in the news again lately as the current administration has proposed
Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann in a black and white photo together, talking and smiling.

Celebrating the Past and Fighting for the Future of the Independent Living Movement

When Judith Heumann met Ed Roberts, founder of the Independent Living Movement, she was in New York working with Disabled In Action, the civil rights organization she founded to fight discrimination against the disability community. At the time, Disabled
A paper that is titled "abortion restriction rests on a table, with a stethoscope draped across it and a gavel next to it.

Are Abortion Bans on the Basis of Disability Really in the Interest of Disability Rights?

The abortion debate in the United States has been forever compromised by the clash of politics and personal medical decisions — abortion is no longer a value-neutral, private choice. One regrettable consequence of that shift has been the creation of…
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It’s Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue

“What are you doing here?” I’ve been thinking about my answer to this question over the past few weeks. I’m the founder of a social enterprise focused on disability inclusion who was one of the 50 World Economic Forum Global
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Finding Suitable Employment with a Disability

Finding employment as a disabled person can be challenging. From asset caps to maintain benefits, to exclusionary language on job applications, barriers abound. There are a number of national and local resources available to people with disabilities who are looking