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The Sagamihara Massacre Was A Hate Crime, And We Need To Talk About It

Kathleen Downes | Posted 08.15.2016 | Impact
Kathleen Downes

I have delayed writing this post, not because it was not urgent, but because I have struggled to find the words to convey the horror of the Sagamihara...

Why Excitement Over 'Me Before You' Is Deeply Troubling

Kim Sauder | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Kim Sauder

There is a big difference between actual human people having feelings about their actual lives and experiences of disability and a fictionalized account written by someone who isn't disabled and which heavily romanticizes very problematic stereotypes about disability.

The Search For Modern-Day Love As A Woman With A Disability

Stella Palikarova | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Stella Palikarova

I no longer hide the fact that I'm a disabled woman in my dating profiles -- it is there for the world to see and read about (in a cute, self-deprecating way), but it's not a solution to my dating woes.

People Who Are Not Disabled Need To Check Out #AbleismExists Right Now

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.23.2016 | Impact

To put it simply, ableism is prejudice against people with disabilities. But Dominick Evans, a filmmaker and activist, thinks the problem is more comp...

Please Stop Calling My Life With A Disability 'Inspiring'

The Establishment | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
The Establishment

When you start to say something well-meaning or congratulatory to a person with disabilities, something like "you're so brave" or "I'm so inspired by your determination," stop. Think about it. Would you say something like that to a non-disabled person?

Observations From Below: The Lucky One

Bryan Dooley | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Well, I have a theory about why ableism is ignored. I think you all are very aware of the issues, but you are also aware that it could be you, which scares the hell out of you, so you don't take any action and just pretend it goes away. Maybe if you're lucky, it won't, but the odds are against you.

People Complaining About Whole Foods Oranges Need To Check Their Peeling Privilege

Kim Sauder | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact
Kim Sauder

This discourse completely ignores how preprepared food impacts people with disabilities. As a person with limited hand dexterity, I look at this and see an easier way to eat healthy food.

Black and Disabled: When Will Our Lives Matter?

Eddie Ndopu | Posted 02.13.2016 | Black Voices
Eddie Ndopu

It is simply not enough to proclaim that all black lives matter when clearly not all black bodies matter in our collective conception and articulation of black liberation. Our conception and articulation of black liberation currently suffers from a profound failure to engage disability as a site of struggle, resistance and transformation.

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

The Cripple and Control: Ripping Up the Script as a Sexy, Seated Man With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

I am beginning to learn that one of the best and most important parts about sex for myself, as a man with disabilities, is to give up that power that I held onto so tightly.

Teachers, Parents, and Students: Let's Talk About Ableism

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

Humans. I'm sure I don't need to tell you; we are one fragmented and flawed race. So many complex issues for, against, and with other humans. So many small infractions upon each other and some days those small dings compound into too much. In my world, I am witness to an ongoing phenomenon called ableism.

Columbia to Change Name, Mascot

Steven Clifford | Posted 12.08.2015 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Bowing to demands from faculty and students, Dr. Richard Simpson, Dean of Columbia College, announced that Columbia's sports teams would no longer be nicknamed the Lions.

Why We Really Need to Talk About Kylie Jenner

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Hitselberger

Kylie Jenner's photo and the conversation around it made me uncomfortable as a disabled person, but not just because she was using a wheelchair as a prop. I was uncomfortable when I read Tweets that suggested that the wheelchair was used as a prop to symbolize the "limitations" Kylie Jenner experienced through being famous.

Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disablity

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Karin Hitselberger

Recently, I saw a picture on Facebook that said, "I fight cerebral palsy. What's your superpower?" So much about this illustration focusing on cerebral palsy awareness struck me as wrong and uncomfortable, and it left me with a nauseous feeling in my stomach.

5 Questions To Stop Asking Wheelchair Users Immediately (And What To Ask Instead)

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Women
Karin Hitselberger

The most important thing to remember when interacting with wheelchair users is that we want to be treated like anybody else.

No, I Am Not 'Too Pretty To Be In A Wheelchair'

Karin Hitselberger | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women
Karin Hitselberger

My disability has no impact on my intelligence. My wheelchair has no impact on my beauty. They are a part of me, but they do not take away from anything that I am; if anything, they only enhance it.

Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival: NO Ism Schism!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

No Sexism. No Racism. No Ableism. No Ageism. No Homophobia. No Fatphobia. No Transphobia. No Hatefulness. Basically, no divide among people caused by ANY prejudice beliefs!

My Shame As a Teenage Sped

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.29.2016 | Education
Max Baumbach

Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.

I Have ADHD: My 'Study Drug' Problem Isn't the Same As Yours

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Max Baumbach

I don't pretend to speak for everyone with the diagnosis. There are people who can skip days, others who forego medication altogether. I am not one of these people.

Attention Hipsters: OCD Is Not a Joke

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Maru Gonzalez

As someone whose life was once consumed by OCD, I cringe every time I see such quizzes because they relegate my experience -- and those of others with OCD -- to nothing more than an idiosyncrasy, a quirk, something that warrants laughter and ridicule.

Feminism Is a Popularity Contest That I'm Losing

Erin McKelle | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

No, I don't live in New York; I'm not competing for press; I'm not trying to be the most liked or endorsed. Sure, I still have moments of frustration, but I'm focused on me. And I can honestly say I've never felt more comfortable in my skin.

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
Mardra Sikora

During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

All the Feels on Wheels: How Internalized Ableism Has Influenced My Relationship Endeavors

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Internalized ableism is something that has drastically affected how I have viewed my relationship potential, and I felt it necessary to talk about it so that people understand it a little better, and so that any persons with a disability who have experienced it will not feel so alone.