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5 ways you can actually help disabled people

5 ways you can actually help disabled people

When abled people interact with disabled people, they often feel like they need to do something to help. While that’s a great thing at its core and I always appreciate a helping hand, there are times when someone with good intentions might do more harm than good simply […]

The truth about “living off” SSI

The truth about “living off” SSI

Everyone seems to be incredibly opinionated about programs like SSI and the people who rely on them. Some are for it, a lot are really angry about it, and most really don’t understand it. My family has relied on SSI and Medicaid my entire life, […]

Guest Post: 5 Things I want people to know about Spina Bifida

Guest Post: 5 Things I want people to know about Spina Bifida

Hi, friends! Today, I wanted to do something a little bit different on my blog. I asked one of my best friends, Sarah, to write a post about Spina Bifida. Sarah and I are constantly learning from each other because our disabilities are so different. […]

Dodging the disability debt spiral

Dodging the disability debt spiral

Not so fun fact: having a disability makes debt far more likely. Why? For a lot of reasons – enough that I could have a separate blog dedicated to the issue. Having a disability can make it difficult to work in a million different ways. […]

On the subject of pity

On the subject of pity

I was listening to Dax’s podcast, Armchair Expert, a few weeks ago and there was a moment that stood out to me in the episode with Ashton Kutcher. Ashton was talking about his disabled brother, who told him something along the lines of ‘every time […]

Disabled people NEED disabled friends

Disabled people NEED disabled friends

You know when your life is falling apart and you just need your best friend for five minutes because she’s the only person who can simultaneously call you out on your crap and hold your hand as she talks you off the edge of a […]

5 Things to think about when going to a concert in a wheelchair

5 Things to think about when going to a concert in a wheelchair

Music has always been one of the most important influences in my life. I can remember getting Backstreet Boys tapes to play in my boombox, and then cds for my discman when I was just a little older. I remember when I was 10 and […]

5 Black and Disabled Women You NEED to Follow Right Now!

5 Black and Disabled Women You NEED to Follow Right Now!

As you all probably know, February is Black History Month. I thought pretty hard about the kind of post I wanted to write today that would do this month justice. As a white disabled woman, I know that I have the privilege to be heard […]

Accessibility Wish List

Accessibility Wish List

You know when you get an Uber to your favorite little cafe in the city before heading to the airport to catch your flight? I wouldn’t because nothing in that scenario is accessible for me. It blows my mind that we can have people floating […]

5 Things to never say to your disabled coworker

5 Things to never say to your disabled coworker

Here’s a question: why, in 2018, do people still seem to lose the ability to have a normal conversation with someone who has a disability? What is it about my wheelchair that causes random people to forget what manners are or what acceptable small talk […]