A Statement from Rooted in Rights

On April 7, 2020, Rooted in Rights published a piece entitled “In Our New Reality of Virtual Learning, We Can’t Leave Students with Disabilities Behind,” which we have since taken down from our website. Here is an explanation of why:…
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I’m Autistic. Here’s Why I Think Social Distancing Should Be Respected, Regardless of COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. I am an autistic woman. I am also touch-averse. I have been touch-averse for as long as I can remember. I have…
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As a Visually Impaired Uruguayan Citizen, I Should Be Able to Vote Independently

I live in Uruguay, where municipal governors will be elected in May, because I am blind, I will not be able to vote for myself. This means that I will have to enter the voting room with an outside person…
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When Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Turned “Sane” – COVID-19 and Double Standards

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. I woke a March ago to the cruel, familiar feeling of unsubstantiated terror. Anxieties of tenuous relation folded in on one another…
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The Challenges of Being a Deaf Lip-Reader During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. I’ve relied on reading lips for as long as I can remember. Cochlear implants have made it significantly easier for me to…
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I Take Hydroxychloroquine For My Autoimmune Disease. President Trump and Dr. Oz Pushing It As a Cure for COVID-19 Puts My Health— and the Health of Millions Like Me — at Risk.

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. I take hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for my autoimmune disease. Ever since President Trump and Dr.…
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The Fight for Disability Rights Led by Women and Girls in Haiti

Author Disclaimer: I do not identify as a disabled person. I chose the Q&A format to let Soinette Désir speak. In 2003, Soinette Désir, along with other women, founded the nonprofit organization Union for Women with Reduced Mobility in Haiti…
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Sharing Disability Experiences Online Can Be Risky. It’s Time for That to End.

Content notes: bullying, harassment, threats of violence and harm For disabled people, sharing our experiences online can be a daunting prospect, but a vital one to make our experiences known. Many of us use social media to call out daily…
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In Defense of “Slacktivism”

One of the most interesting yet infuriating tendencies that the internet has allowed to flourish is the policing of certain kinds of engagement and activism. Far too many people think of progressive activism as something that revolves around being out…