A menstrual pad, two tampons, and a menstrual cup against a bright blue background.

Is There Space for Disabled People in the Period Positive Movement?

Content note: menstruation As a lesbian, birth control is of no use to me when it comes to its intended purpose, but as a disabled woman, it has made my life so much easier. When I first got my period…
A series of three gradually fading images of the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol). They are blue on a white background. The first is drawn with a solid line, the second with a dotted line, and the third with an even fainter dotted line.

The Hardest Part of Being Disabled is Being Ignored

Content note: includes discussion of COVID-19 and racism World, I have so much to tell you. The question is, are you ready to listen? Because people with muscular dystrophy tend to die of respiratory failure, I’ve long expected to choke…
A white wall is completely covered in 8” x 10” abstract charcoal drawings. Some of the imagery includes a microscopic view of COVID-19, a pile of hoarded toilet paper, a doctor, a person using forearm crutches, two people hugging, along with various handwritten notes.

The Dearest Friends Project: A Global Art Collaboration Centering Disability During COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19.  My Dearest Friends, We mustn’t let this be forgotten- the time the world gained Perspective on a small portion of our struggles.…
An illustration of a person wearing a headset and typing on a laptop. The person is transparent and has blue connecting lines and dots inside them, indicating being online.

Navigating Virtual Employment Services During the Pandemic

Navigating the dynamics of difference within the world of employment as a person with multiple disabilities has been a struggle since the moment I prepared to enter it at the age of 16 in 2001. I didn’t become aware of…
Homemade protective masks in floral patterns and pieces of cloth on a gray background.

What Do You Do When You Can’t Wear A Mask?

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. While much of the rest of the world is making its way back outside,…
Illustrated people forming the shape of Uruguay

Public Figures Need to Do More Than Just Perform Inclusion

The idea of inclusion is sometimes used in a negative way by people who seek to demonstrate that they’re inclusive in front of others without actually practicing it. This is often done by people who are in situations of power.…
Two nondescript drawings of faces, facing one another. One is shaded in with gray and black, the other, is white.

The Complexities of “Passing” as Nondisabled

“Passing privilege” is a term used to describe what people of minority identities experience when they appear as though they’re not part of that minority group. It means you may not experience the same oppression and problems as others who…
Photo of a book with pages lifting out of it to fly free.

Looking at “Independence” Through the Lens of Disability

After my first day of college classes, I wanted to quit. I felt out of place and overwhelmed. As I sat with my mom in a local diner, I rattled off my fears – class sizes were bigger, the workload…
White tablets spilling out of a transparent brown bottle against a blue background.

Medical Breakthroughs Are Deeply Complex for Disabled People

A source of hope for one person can be a hindrance to another. Most mainstream disability-related fundraisers focus on research. The goal is often to find a treatment and ultimately, a cure. The campaigns are typically led by non-disabled folks…