The Politics of Claiming Disability Identity

I identify as nondisabled. That’s a choice I make very intentionally. I have bodily conditions that some might call “a disability.” I have experienced depression and anxiety on and off throughout my adult life. I have sleep apnea and, as a result, am...

Accommodations ≠ Help

I hear this phrase often from disability service providers in postsecondary education: I hate it when students wait until things have gotten bad before they come to our office for help. My thoughts? Perhaps part of the problem is how the services of the disability...

Svetlana and the Inaccessible Textbook

My friend, Molly Sirois, created this brilliant video that demonstrates clearly the need for moving away from the accommodation paradigm toward one that simply embraces good design. View this video on YouTube >> Here is a link to an audio described version of...

Take the “Ability” Out of Disability

(Before you slam me on this, please read the entire post.) There has been a slogan floating around a few years that reads:  “Take the ‘dis’ out of disability.” The title of this post is  obviously a play on this slogan.  I hear a lot of people...

Thoughts on Self-Determination

Self-determination is a human right that many of us take for granted. The right to make decisions, live independently and enjoy self-determination has been central to the struggle for civil rights of people with disabilities. In the early 1970s disability activists...