Selma Blair at the 2019 Oscars. She is glamorously dressed in a white, pink & white striped gown and holds a black cane.

What the Media Got Wrong About Selma Blair

If you follow pop culture at all, you’ve probably seen recent coverage about Selma Blair, an actress diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who attended the Oscars with her cane. While Blair has said some important things, much of the media…

City of Seattle responds to our snow priorities campaign

On March 15, 2019, after we released Conrad’s video, we received this response Seattle Transportation Department’s ADA coordinator to our letter to City Council. We’ll be working with SDOT to publicize the proposed community meeting, and will also follow…
Conrad views an image of snow filled walkway beside a house.

VIDEO: Seattle’s Snow Planning Freezes Out People With Disabilities

As our city faces a more uncertain climate future it is important that we establish emergency response protocols that include disabled people and other vulnerable users.
dark-lit photo of a pair of hands holding a video game controller

Video Games and Madness: A World of Harmful Tropes

Having just recovered from another one of many depressive episodes I’ve had throughout my life, I’ve had time to reflect on my relationship to madness and reality. Being of a philosophical bent, I ruminate on these things out of habit.
artistic splatter illustration of a person swimming

Showing Up in Public in a Disabled Trans Body

The first time I limped out of the men’s locker room and into the YMCA indoor swimming pool area without a rash guard covering my surgery-scarred chest, I felt queasy. I was certain it would turn into an 80’s high…
Solid colored background with the following text in white font: #EqualPay4OurWork: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage. Co-hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (@NFB_voice) and Shaun Bickley (@LeftistAutist). Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST

#EqualPay4OurWork Twitter Chat: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage

Archive of Twitter Chat When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary protection:  a minimum wage.  But Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers – people with disabilities – to be…
A chart with drawings of different body parts highlighted with red circles to indicate pain.

My Knowledge of My Body is Often Ignored When I Seek Medical Care

I walk through the doors behind the front desk of the pain clinic to room number four, the white-walled, two-chaired, one-tabled examination room that looks identical to the room I was in the last time I was here. I fill
Lisa Ferris in a graduation gown. Her mother is helping her adjust her cap. They are standing outside in front of a red vehicle.

How Do You Figure Out Who You Are When You’re the Only Disabled Person in Your Family?

Your glasses scare people,” said my mother, matter-of-factly. The comment stung, but I knew she was correct. We were discussing why, at 16 years-old, I could not get very many babysitting jobs in my suburban neighborhood. My sister had just…

Letter to Seattle City Council: Request to Investigate Impacts of Seattle’s Snow Removal Priorities

Dear Members of Seattle City Council: We are writing to request that the City Council investigate the City’s response to our most recent snow events, in particular how the city’s priorities around snow clearance impacted people with disabilities. While Seattle