Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?

Is the social stigma which forced Roosevelt to hide his disability still among us after ninety years?

Hugh Gregory Gallagher, author of FDR’s Splendid Deception tells us that in 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio at the age of 39. Continue reading “Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?”

taking ACTION!

I’ve got advocacy on the brain lately:  how to do it, who does it and when it should be done.  Lots of ideas are floating around, but I’m still trying to solidify everything.  I’m co-facilitating the next round of advocacy workshops at disABILITY LINK; the name of the course is “take ACTION!”. It will be an eight week course that helps participants get in touch with their inner advocates. Continue reading “taking ACTION!”

Going to the Chapel…wait, how are we going to get there?

It’s only the momentous occasion most little girls look forward to all their young lives. Tomboy or girly girl we all dream about the day when we will don a beautiful white dress and walk down the aisle to say “I do” to the love of our life. Continue reading “Going to the Chapel…wait, how are we going to get there?”

Becoming an Advocate

Recently I saw a post on Twitter that inspired a little thought.  The person linked to a blog discussing when she switched from being a passive to an active disability rights supporter.  This made me think about my experience, both as a self-advocate and advocating for others.  Continue reading “Becoming an Advocate”

How Far Are You Willing To Go?

The news is full of our “leaders” who want to cut benefits, institutionalize us or ignore our basic human rights altogether.  These stories can really get you down, if you let them. We always hear about the legislation and the negative stories, but you rarely see any of the positive news. Continue reading “How Far Are You Willing To Go?”