A Wheelchair Wheel Conundrum

Danny Ruiz

I was having one of the best conversation with a woman when I realized, once again, I was faced with an awkward moment, "The Wheelchair Wheel conundrum." I had responded to a dating profile on an … [Read more...]

Disabled People Penalized for Getting Married

Not able to get married

I am elated that the Supreme Court ruled today in favor of marriage equality for same-sex and some transgender couples. Poetically, it is a day that is very special to me as it would have been my … [Read more...]

Wheelchair Bound Only in Playing 50 Shades of Grey

Wheelchair Bound

Editor's note: "The only time you can say I'm wheelchair bound is when I'm playing the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey" was a meme we put out to illustrate our disgust at the phrase "wheelchair … [Read more...]

Inspiration Porn Debate

Inspiration Porn Debate

On a recent day last April, during a speech at the Ted-X conference in Australia, disabled activist Stella Young coined a new phrase that has since rocked the disabled community.  Her term, … [Read more...]

Higher Education: The Missing Piece in the UN Resolution for Worldwide Disability Rights

Communications Director for the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

As the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) prepares to begin its ninth session April 15 – 19, 2013, are they missing the role that higher education plays in … [Read more...]

Desperation Porn: The Impact of Graphic Medical Images on the Disability Community

Kara Ayers Desperation Porn

      As an adult with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), I love the opportunity that social networking affords me to connect with my community. I consider it a gift to welcome a … [Read more...]

Assumptions Are Demeaning

Jessica Pelasky is the owner of Plucky's Second Thought

A few weeks ago, I accompanied Mom to Kroger's grocery store to do a little shopping. We get to the checkout counter and as the cashier is ringing us up, she glances down at me over the groceries and … [Read more...]

Reflection of a Woman

Growing up with O.I. made me realize that I was different from everyone else around me but at the same time I didn’t care of how others perceived me as. My short body and shiny wheelchair didn’t faze … [Read more...]

What Is The “Least Restrictive environment” for Physically Disabled Students?

A physically disabled child is never on equal terms with his or her able-bodied peers. The other children are always able to do things that the physically disabled child cannot in the classroom: for … [Read more...]