30 7 / 2014

ted:

Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.   

Watch the full talk here»

(via cripple-fabulous)

30 7 / 2014

mercurialme:

i-need-that-seat:


For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.
(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

I would seriously visit more friends if they had this. Hell, I’d buy them as Christmas gifts.

What a friendly ramp! Such a good alternative to a welcome mat.

mercurialme:

i-need-that-seat:

For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.

(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

I would seriously visit more friends if they had this. Hell, I’d buy them as Christmas gifts.

What a friendly ramp! Such a good alternative to a welcome mat.

(via cripple-fabulous)

29 7 / 2014

sillylegal:

On the 24th anniversary of the ADA, my amazing friends Maddy and Em launched Disabled Girl Talk, an amazing an important and a current discourse on where we’ve been and where we hope to go. Their sharp commentary was quickly and skillfully compounded by Karin of Claiming Crip. The conversation was…

Lucky to have friends like Lili and lucky to be part of Generation ADA!

29 7 / 2014

hellomynameismaddy:

There was a response to Emily's and my new disability podcast accusing Generation ADA (today’s disabled youth who grew up under the ADA) of being complacent. And we’re really not. So Emily wrote a response.

29 7 / 2014

"Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate."

27 7 / 2014

sillylegal:

As anyone who has met me in the last seven years knows, I’m applying to law school. Like a lot. Like much law. I’m planning on writing the optional diversity statement about disability. Now, disclosure is something that tends to evoke nuanced discussion in the disabled community that I feel myself somewhat separate from. Not only will it be blatantly obvious to anyone talking to me that I am disabled, but my disability is infused in the way that I move in the world and, by extension, my desire to do advocacy work. When people say “your disability doesn’t define you”, I sorta dig the sentiment, but am struck by the spacial inadequacy of it. To make this point, I often respond by saying, “Maybe not, but I live here,” framing the edge of the walker to indicate boundary. In short, I cannot ask them not to see it. 

Everything I have read about the diversity  statement tells me to frame my disability in a positive way Focus on what it has given you, I am summarily instructed. And it is real to say that my disability has given me things, but I am wary of the troupes that come too easily, familiar to any accomplished disabled young person you have overcome so much. I am informed, leaving me feeling that something has been left behind  and I have not had the chance to say goodbye. Taken, not given by the teller of my life —these narratives are not of my own making. I am also wary of too simply conflating being disabled with a desire to advocate for disabled people because the truth is, I crave a career informed but not constrained by my disability. I love constitutional law, I love thinking about inclusion across the spectrum of human experience.

The truth is, I think it is disability that has given me my appreciation for complexity and skepticism of overgeneralization. To live as a disabled person is to hold within yourself seemingly contradictory ways of being: frustrated but happy or depressed but hopeful or struggling but good. I can only hope that when the time comes, I will look for the same complexity in my clients and their stories. I like weighing things more than I like all-encompossing anything, and I have a hunch that there is a lawyerly impulse in there somewhere. 

But how to turn that sea of confusion into something that conveys. and I hate this word for its loaded ableism, competence. Ultimately. I want to say I can do the job. I can separate my raging questions enough from what it is that the client needs from me. Today. Now. Not only that, but somewhere here, there needs to be joy. Joy I authentically feel at the idea of fulfilling my childhood dream of being a lawyer. 

Yet I will not turn my loose ends into party streamers because what you see is what you get.

All of this is just…beautiful.

26 7 / 2014

hellomynameismaddy:

Y’all should really check out/contribute to the #BecauseOfTheADA hashtag on twitter!

26 7 / 2014

Disabled Girls Talk Episode 1: Generation ADA

The full transcript can be found here!

I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise anyone to know that my favorite thing to talk about with Maddy Ruvolo is disability, so I’m super excited to share that we’ve turned that love into a brand new podcast, Disabled Girls Talk! Don’t miss our first episode in honor of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, “Generation ADA.”

PS. Have you followed us on Twitter yet? @DisabledGirlPod

(Source: disabledgirlstalk / Disabled Girls Talk)

26 7 / 2014

Disabled Girls Talk Episode 1: Generation ADA

The full transcript can be found here!

Check out the first episode of Disabled Girls Talk and join the celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

(Source: disabledgirlstalk / Disabled Girls Talk)

25 7 / 2014

"Lead On" - Americans with Disabilities Act 23 years later.

Tomorrow is the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and I’m already celebrating! Check out this video about the strengths and weaknesses of the ADA that my fellow AAPD interns and I made last summer.

(Source: youtube.com)