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Why I No Longer Provide Free Disability Access Advice

This morning I did a cold count of places and people I have provided with free disability access information—sharing hard won knowledge grown from my experience and skills putting on accessible events, workshops and doing long-term organizing projects. Pulling up…
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Disabled People Deserve Better Access to Care for Eating Disorder Recovery

The first time in what was already a decade-long experience of anorexia that someone was willing to admit I had other disabilities, I was twenty years old. I was told I would be best served in an institution due to
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Ali Stroker’s Tony Nomination Puts Disability Center Stage

Disability representation is taking center stage. Literally. And as a woman with a disability, I’m here for it. This year’s Tony nominations were recently announced, and they signaled a historic moment: Actress Ali Stroker became the first performer in…
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An Interview with Noela

Why talk about Mental Health?  Noela Luka is a documentary filmmaker from Kenya working with Rooted in Rights – check out her reasons.
Noela is working with Rooted in Rights as part of the International Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive
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Tyrion Lannister, Dwarf Identity, and the Struggle for Agency

*Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from Season 8 of Game of Thrones* Paul Steven Miller was an icon in the dwarf community. After graduating with two Ivy League degrees and fashioning a career in public service as a Commissioner…
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How Rule Changes for CalFresh Will Positively Impact Disabled Californians

During the decade or so before I landed my current job, I lived in Los Angeles while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is to say that I lived in a county where the average rent for a studio apartment…
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Consent and Kids with Disabilities

Talking about consent may feel like a daunting task, but Daisy discusses why understanding consent is important for all kids, and especially kids with disabilities.
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A Deaf-Blind Mother Shares Her Experiences Parenting Two Hearing Children

DEBRA: Hello, my name is Debra Kahn and I am deaf-blind. I’m a white woman. I have medium short brown hair. I’m wearing glasses and I’m wearing a blue sweater top. I’m one of five children and I have four…
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How Finding Community Supports is Key to Parenting with a Mental Health Disability

Parenting is not only for a certain type of individual. Parenting is for anybody. Just because of your status in society, I don't think that should be a hindrance towards you not being able to experience parenting.