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Rooted in Rights Reviews – Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

The prologue to Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner starts with the words, “I never wished I didn’t have a disability.” It’s a powerful way to begin a memoir, one…
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Long Term Residential Mental Health Institutionalization of Teens Does More Harm Than Good

Content notes: mental illness, institutionalization, sexual abuse Twenty-five months: It may seem like an insignificant amount of time to most people, but when you live in a lockdown mental health facility, time seems warped, drawn out, almost painful. I was…
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“Tell Me What It Feels Like” – A Disabled Woman’s Exploration of Cannabis

Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. This article is not intended as medical advice or an endorsement of cannabis use. Please consult your doctor before any cannabis use. There were a few…
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Navigating Dating, Disability, and Disclosure

I believe in trial and error, so for the past year, I have “tested” out various tactics to disclose my invisible disabilities to potential romantic partners. I went about my romantic life as normal–a date here and there when the…
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Rooted in Rights Reviews: Come As You Are

Content note: sexual harassment Come As You Are is a comedy about three disabled men and their trip to Montréal, Canada to lose their virginity at a brothel. The film, which is coming to theaters on February 14, opens to…
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Why and How You Should Honor Disabled People of Color Day

Makahla By the age of 23, I had grown accustomed to the smell of antibacterial soap, waiting rooms over capacity, and physicians in every specialty. I’d mastered the art of being a professional patient. I slowly built a resistance to…
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Happen to Anyone

Content notes: PTSD, sexual trauma, religious trauma, suicide Earlier this month at a press conference, Representative Ilhan Omar mentioned her post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which she developed after her experience as refugee from war in Somalia. In response, Representative…
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Brexit is Already Blocking Access to Birth Control

Birth control is a vital medication for those with reproductive health issues, but for those in the United Kingdom (UK), Brexit may be putting their access to this and other medications manufactured outside the UK at risk. There are different…