Black background. Two gold, winged Emmy statues stand facing each other.

Shaping Awards Season, One Disabled Story at a Time

It’s awards season again. Oh wait, nevermind…   Just as the climate crisis makes spring feel like winter and summer feel like “The End Times,” the writers’ strike, the actors’ strike, and years of a global pandemic have shifted the
A light-skinned Black teenager in a green, striped, short-sleeved shirt is lying down on a bed, facing the camera and smiling. He has a TV remote in his hand and is pointing it at the camera.

I’m a Virgo: Black Autistic Youth Deserve Representation, Too

Being a Black autistic kid felt like there were thousands of eyes watching me.   There were the eyes of my allegedly well-meaning mother, afraid to let me out of her sight. There were the eyes of other people’s parents,
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What My Joints Tell Me

CONTENT NOTE: unintentional and drastic weight loss (due to health issues), medical food restriction (not dieting), brief mention of self-harm (cutting) . . . . . . . . . . . .   Summer in North Carolina is hot
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A Community Reflection on Disability Pride Month

The way that individual people connect to their disability—whether it’s mental, physical, learning, or developmental; chronic and/or dynamic; congenital or acquired—is complex. We live in a society that was not created with disabled people in mind. It’s evident every time
Outdoors, day. A prison watchtower separated by a wired fence. The camera is close up on the fence.

Mass Incarceration’s Dystopia Gets Even Worse: Harvesting Organs and Co-Opting Radical Language

Content warning: incarceration, enslavement, white supremacy, experimentation on adults and children, family separation, death from medical neglect, medical industrial complex, prison industrial complex, trauma, state violence   In 1949, an incarcerated white man in Sing-Sing Correctional Facility named Louis Boy
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For Us, By Us: Chronicling Disability Representation in Media

“I’ve got a great story for you! It’s about my life as a disabled person. It’s never been made, and I think it would be something great that you could make to show the world what it’s like to be
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More Than a Product Update: Closed Captions Require Care and Responsibility for True Accessibility

“What are those things in your ears?”   As a child, that question would resurface every year as new classmates arrived and a new school year began. I’d explain I was hard of hearing and “those things” were hearing aids.
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Substandard of Care: Accommodations in Healthcare

You can listen to an audio version of this essay here.   As told to Editor-in-Chief Denarii Grace   Rooted in Rights would like to acknowledge that this essay is the product of a collaborative effort between the storyteller…
Indoors. A group of people of different ages and races in a waiting room. Some are patients, seated, while the rest are healthcare workers standing around and a receptionist behind a desk.

No, I Can’t Always Give You 24 Hours’ Notice

“I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be able to make it to my appointment today. I’m in too much pain. I can’t sit long, let alone drive.”   “Since you’re calling with less than 24 hours’ notice, there will