Speaking for my teen and adult children

A couple of weeks ago, the website called The Mighty,1 published a since-removed post called meltdown bingo.  The post was a pejorative “game” aimed to make light of children and adults experiencing sensory and emotional overload resulting in a meltdown. As some of my acquaintances pointed out, having a meltdown is not enjoyable for the […]

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microaggressions, macroaggressions and disability

As a queer disabled woman, I experience both macro and micro aggressions on a regular basis.  Microaggressions are behaviors or statements that do not necessarily reflect malicious intent but which nevertheless can inflict insult or injury. Each time we hear these things, they are like a little jab to our souls.  They serve to remind us […]

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Happy Birthday Asiza! #ADA25

Today is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this week my middle daughter, Asiza (pronounced like Asia) turns 20.  Asiza is solidly in the ADA generation. Her sister was born 6 days before the passage of the ADA, and Asiza was born 5 years and 6 days after […]

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ADA Failures — a photoessay #ADA25

Here are just a few of the ADA failures I encountered in a 24 hour period.  What’s missing: many more buildings with inaccessible entrances, tour buses without lifts, faux cobblestone sidewalks, and inaccessible restrooms.                       A great deal of progress has been made in 25 […]

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The promise of the ADA is not realized for disabled parents #ADA25

Seventeen years ago, my oldest daughter was in foster care, and not returning to her parents.  She is my biological niece. I contacted her social worker, and expressed interest in being a permanent placement for Heather.  What commenced was a 16 month long battle to get custody of her.  My daughter’s social worker was convinced […]

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