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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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Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions…
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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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“They Lost My Legs”: Disabled People Speak Out About Airline Troubles

Air travel while disabled is the worst. Despite the fact that disabled travelers have civil rights protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), issues with lost or broken wheelchairs and other mobility …
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Activist Spotlight: Ariel Henley – Writer

Ariel Henley has always loved writing, but didn’t always know that she would use it to amplify issues that she cares about, whether the topic is sex education for the disability community or media representation of facial disfigurement. Born
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CVS’s New Opioid Policy Does Nothing to Solve Addiction While Negatively Impacting Pain Patients

On September 21st, CVS Pharmacy announced a significant change in their policy regarding prescription opioid painkillers. According to CVS, “this program will include limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who
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Ensuring Disabled People Return to Community Living After Natural Disasters

As Texans continue to experience the fallout of flooding of historical proportions from Hurricane Harvey, safety is paramount, especially for disabled people, who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. The United Nations recognizes this vulnerability in Article 11 of the…
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How My Cancer Diagnosis Has Led Me to Redefine Disability

After decades of looking at Multiple Sclerosis as a disability rather than a disease, my experiences are forcing me to reexamine my perspective on illness and to redefine disability. I, like many people with disabilities of my generation, rejected the…
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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