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Why We All Need to Fight for the Rights of Transgender Disabled People

It’s a difficult time to be disabled in America. We are stretched thin, fighting for our lives on multiple fronts. And when your own house is on fire, it’s understandable to feel that you lack the resources to fight for…
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My Mental Health Disabilities Don’t Make My Experience of Sexual Assault Less Worthy of Belief

It was approximately seven years ago when I first told my partner I was sexually assaulted by my best friend eight years prior to entering college. Despite the length of time since it happened and the memories being recovered only
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For Disabled People, the Path to Employment is Still a Maze

Luck, an unusually high tolerance for throwing myself into the disquieting unknown, and a measure of family privilege have allowed me to forge a path through the working world that is best described as an erratic squiggle. A long arch…
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Get Your Flu Shot. You Could Save the Life of a Disabled Person.

“Oh, I never get the flu shot. It makes me sick,” a woman tells me at a dinner party, with the sort of shattering confidence that only ignorance can provide. I am, for a moment, taken aback — and living…
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No, I’m Not the Patient: Caring for an Aging Parent When You’re Disabled and Everyone Thinks You’re the One Dying

Caring for an aging (or ill) parent or loved one is always complicated. That subtle shift that takes place over time— where the parent becomes the one being cared for, instead of the other way around. It’s a journey as…
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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,…
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Sex Education is for Everyone. Even Disabled Kids.

We live in a society that desexualizes disabled bodies. This allows the topics of sex and sexuality to be left out of the educations of many young disabled people. As disabled students head back into the classroom this year, this…
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Doctors Need to Believe People Who Are Disabled and Undiagnosed

When you’re disabled, people expect your story to follow a predictable trajectory: you experience a symptom (or a litany of symptoms), you see doctors and specialists, tests are run, and at some point, you receive a diagnosis. Though it might…
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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…