Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD) is dedicated to commemorating and raising awareness for the digital access and inclusion of more than one billion individuals with disabilities worldwide. As someone who has Cerebral Palsy, assistive technology plays a major role in my daily life. I use my iPad every day… Continue reading Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022:
Yesterday, I watched Dan and Samuel Habib’s new film, My Disability Roadmap. In the film, Samuel discusses a concept known as dignity of risk. Dignity of risk is about a person’s right to make their own decisions, take risks, and live the life they want. Dignity of risk has become important to me as I’ve… Continue reading Dignity Of Risk:
Watch the documentary here: https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000008248706/my-disability-roadmap.html?fbclid=IwAR2vk2Enj5LzIXLDWYYtfCn7VxTuO97eHEkTMRw81EnMhD757NlkgSiXfzEhttps://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000008248706/my-disability-roadmap.html?fbclid=IwAR2vk2Enj5LzIXLDWYYtfCn7VxTuO97eHEkTMRw81EnMhD757NlkgSiXfzE I had the opportunity to watch Dan and Samuel Habib’s new film called My Disability Roadmap today and was pleased to see the various mentors that Samuel interviewed and their unique perspectives. He interviews people like Keith Jones, Judy Heumann, and Bob Williams, who share their perspectives on living with… Continue reading My Disability Roadmap:
CW: Depression Over the years of living with Cerebral Palsy, I’ve learned that advocacy is essential. Growing up, my parents were my greatest advocates, and they later helped me learn self-advocacy skills. My parents were the ones who advocated for me in school, at doctor’s appointments, and at my many physical therapy appointments. I am… Continue reading Advocacy Is Key:
All of my life, I have felt like a burden to everyone around me. In particular, I have always felt like a burden to my family. My family members have always helped me. I’ve always wanted to be able to help my family as much as they’ve helped me. When my classmates started working part-time… Continue reading Disabled People Are Not A Burden:
As someone with a disability, I’ve never liked standard measures of intelligence such as IQ testing. I always dreaded my IEP reevaluations in school. As a part of this process, I always had to take a test called the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities. The test didn’t show the full scope of my intelligence. I’m… Continue reading Redefining Intelligence:
CW: Assisted Suicide I have received SSI benefits for the past six years. I am one of the approximately eight million SSI beneficiaries in the United States. My monthly check is less than $900 a month. Do you think you could live off an SSI check? Millions of Americans do, and it is a challenge.… Continue reading Could You Live Off Disability Benefits?
As an adult living with Cerebral Palsy, my independence is important to me. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to live an independent life. My family encouraged me to be independent and have high expectations for myself. I knew that I wanted to go to college and work. As I grew up, I wondered… Continue reading Disabled People Are People Too!
In yesterday’s blog post, I wrote about how disabled Americans are in Washington, D.C lobbying for accessible housing and fair wages for PCAs. For me, PCAs are vital to allowing me to live in my community. PCAs help me with activities of daily living such as showering, getting dressed, meal preparation, and using the bathroom.… Continue reading Don’t Take My Independence Away!
In Washington, D.C, recently, disabled Americans have lobbied for more home and community-based services and affordable, accessible housing. Medicaid covers home and community-based services. For millions of Americans with disabilities, Medicaid is more than just a health insurance program. I have Cerebral Palsy, and Medicaid is a lifeline for me. Because of Medicaid, I can… Continue reading Free Our People!