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…
A woman wearing a black fabric blindfold.

I’m a Blind Woman. Here’s My Take on the “Bird Box Challenge.”

SPOILER ALERT: This post discusses important plot points from the movie Bird Box in detail. I’m a blind woman who has a few thoughts on Bird Box, and I hope this doesn’t get lost among the sea of memes from
Photo of Stan Lee in a black suit and sunglasses, pointing his finger forward.

With Great Power Comes Great Accessibility – How the Death of Stan Lee Affects the Disability Community

On November 12, 2018, our cultural light was dimmed with the loss of Stan Lee. Often described in the same manner as the characters he created, the loss of the mighty, spectacular, and at times uncanny Stanley Martin Lieber will…
A brain lit up, with lights connecting everywhere to show sensory connections.

What I Wish People Knew About Sensory Processing Issues

I’ve had sensory processing disorder my entire life. As a kid, it meant that I sometimes went to occupational therapy to practice my cursive handwriting and speech. As an adult, it might take a few minutes for me to recognize…
ballot box next to the Georgia state flag in the state's shape. Quote reads, "The right and ability to vote is something that is very dear to me and I don’t take it lightly."

Voting Isn’t Always Accessible For Blind People, But I Refuse to Not Vote

As an African-American who grew up with parents who lived under segregation I have known and understood the importance and power of the right to vote. Many times my dad, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, would constantly tell me…
A photo of Anna and her toddler son going down a big red slide together.

My Son’s Disability Taught Me to Be Proud of My Own Disability

When I was born, the doctors told my parents I was blind. That was the first line of my college application essay and the narrative starting point of my life. My parents took me to the doctor because my eyes…
Alaina, a white thin femme person, standing in front of a crowd at Pride in Boston. She is wearing a dress with rainbow castles all over it. I have long hair that is dark brown on top and a mix of blues and purples on the bottom. She is standing with hert lavender cane with a rainbow flag attached to it, and smiling.

If Your LGBTQIA+ Pride Event Isn’t Accessible to Disabled People, You’re Missing Out.

Like many other disabled people, one of the first questions I ask when I’m making plans is, “Will this be accessible?” And as much as I love going to celebrate at Pride events, the answer is often, “No, or pretty
A pile of red, white, and blue buttons that say 'Your vote counts."

We Want YOU to Support the Disability Vote (A Voting Accessibility Guide)

The 2018 midterms are upon us, and 35 million disabled people in the U.S. are theoretically eligible to vote. But how many will cast ballots? Our voter turnout consistently lags far behind nondisabled people, especially in the case of…
Brown and black dog in an orange vest that says "service dog."

I’m Tired of Being Accused of “Faking” My Need for a Service Animal

This blog post was re-published on HuffPost. Recently, while on a date, the subject of service animals came up. My date spoke of a female coworker of theirs who would occasionally bring a service dog to work. They expressed…