Raising informed voters with disability pride

Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does Justin Dart, Jr. As a woman with multiple disabilities ,whose life is dependent on the budgetary whims of state legislators, and funding of community based attendant services, I learned how true Dart’s statement is when I was in my early 20s. I know my […]

My family members won’t be attending segregated proms

My daughters (aged 17-25) were invited 1 to a segregated prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.2 The premise of this event is appalling. The event is called a Night to Shine, and it is a segregated prom for teens and adults aged 16-26.  It is set for Valentines Day weekend so that these older […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]