The Disability Dialogue: Freeburg High School is 'Home of the Midgets'

http://www.cdrnys.org/images/Leah.jpgFreeburg High School is ‘Home of the Midgets.’

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

To out myself immediately, I am the kind of person they are referencing with their mascot and am highly offended. In fact, the term is so offensive that I have never and will never identify myself as a midget. I prefer to identify myself with terms such as: little person, dwarfism or person of short stature.  

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CDR at the White House

Center for Disability Rights at the White House

Center for Disability Rights (CDR) will mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act at a special White House Reception on Monday, July 20 at 3:15pm (EST), represented by its Executive Director Bruce E. Darling and Director of Advocacy Stephanie Woodward.

"I remember when we were first introducing the ADA” said Darling. "I was a part of the community that was fighting to get lifts put on buses 25 years ago and being told it was virtually impossible. Now, 25 years later it is something that we often take for granted.” Darling also stated, “I am excited that we are a part of and playing a pivotal role in fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act for people still in nursing facilities and other institutional settings."

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The Disability Dialogue: Should I Always Wear My Activist Hat?

EmilyShould I Always Wear My Activist Hat?

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Scrolling through my social media feeds offers up a treasure trove of perspectives on social justice issues. Each time I log on, I’m inundated by opinions ranging all over the place, and commentaries on what society is getting right or wrong. It’s par for the course to find articles like this interspersed with cute animal videos when you’re connected with activists and count them among your closest friends.

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The Disability Dialogue: Philly Fighting for Taxi's for All

http://www.cdrnys.org/images/tfa.jpgPhilly Fighting for Taxi's for All

By Liam Dougherty
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

You’re stranded and alone in the fifth largest city in the country. It is 2 am, you’re 10 miles from home and there is no bus route you can take back. Most have stopped running anyway. You call for a cab for the eighth time, but there is still not a single vehicle in the whole city to that can pick you up. You have been waiting for three hours, hoping that one will come on duty. All you can do is wait.

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The Disability Dialogue: Handle With Care

LEahHandle With Care

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

For many of us, we wear many hats: we’re moms, dads, students, employees, writers, committee chairs, pet owners, volunteer coordinators, and movers and shakers, but we also may have a body that has, most likely, been medicalized due to a disability. 

But as one that wears many hats, my question today is: how do we take care of ourselves while wearing many hats? And having a disability, unfortunately, often means that our bodies are medicalized, treated and often regarded as needing medical care, but how do we nurture and take care of the body we’re in without it meaning we’re always at the doctors office? 

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