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The “Anosognosia” Label is Psychiatric Gaslighting Masquerading as Science

Content notes: mental illness, forced treatment Since the late 1990s, a movement composed of medical professionals, cops, and caregivers has advanced a strategic campaign of psychiatric gaslighting designed to shift public policy steadily towards canceling the rights of mad and…
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Makes it Clear: It’s Time to Permanently Close Institutions

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. Content note: institutionalization I was born into what is called the “ADA Generation.” For my entire life, the Americans with Disabilities Act…

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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Congress: Ensure Disabled People Don’t Lose Access to Our Communities

We must ensure that transit and paratransit services receive the support they need, so that for those of us who cannot drive or cannot afford to drive can still access school, jobs, doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and everything else we need to get to in order to participate fully in our communities.
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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.…