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City Celebrates Disability Activists After Fighting Lawsuit and Losing

By Mia Ocean / 2023-01-26
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Springfield, U.S. — After a multi-year court battle, the city of Springfield is thrilled to celebrate its victorious opponents, the disabled activists who successfully compelled it to implement decades-old accessibility legislation.

City council member Leo Dedick said, “We could not be prouder of our disability activists. We applaud their important, necessary and long-overdue efforts.”

The city’s ADA coordinator, Jimmy Azhat, shared his takeaways from the costly and prolonged battle against the disabled: “Turns out there are ratios for physical accessibility, requirements for technology, processes for accommodations — I mean the list goes on and on. Consider my mind officially blown.”

Dedick said the city would host an event to commemorate the partnership with the disabled community and the city’s compulsory commitment to accessibility. He said, “We will use the settlement budget, first and foremost, to celebrate these hometown heroes. We will have a bounce house, food trucks, live music on the lawn, everything you need to celebrate these giants of the disabled community.”

The activists, however, were concerned nothing would change if they stopped doing all the work for free. Azhat was unfazed by their concerns and said, “We will create an oversight board composed of volunteer disabled activists to keep this gravy train going. Oh, and this gravy train has an accessible platform.”

Despite what can only be described as egregious and embarrassing ADA violations, Dedick viewed the public fight and ultimate loss in a positive light. He concluded, “It’s never too late to be forced to do the right thing.”

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Teen with Rare SMA Form Named MDA National Ambassador for 2023

By Patricia Inacio PhD / 2023-01-25
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Leah Zelaya, a 15-year-old with a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), was chosen by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to be its 2023 MDA

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4 Ways to Improve Inclusion for Your Child in the Classroom

By Abby Burch / 2023-01-17
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Ashley Park-Brouse, Redhead in SPED

A new school year brings many feelings for children and families. Some are feelings are positive like excitement, relief, and hope. Some are less positive such as anxiety, fear, and dread. No matter which role …

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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Supporting Our Sisters

By T.Reid / 2022-11-23
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As we close out the 2022 season of #YGBD, I’m passing the mic to my sisters! Boston based Disability Advocate Heather Watkins and Lisa Bryant, a Philadelphia freelance journalist join me to discuss just some of the challenges affecting disabled Black women. We’re talking career, relationships, parenting, healthcare and more. Plus, don’t forget to check […]

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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Deaf Blind Advocacy

By T.Reid / 2022-11-09
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Marc Safman is a Paralegal who worked in anti-money laundering compliance. He’s considered “sighted” Deaf Blind. Today he joins the podcast to discuss some of the various access challenges he and many others face in employment, social and advocacy circles. Plus, what’s up with the continuous examination of Helen Keller? Listen Transcript

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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Haben Girma Guides Us Through Self Description

By T.Reid / 2022-10-26
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The practice of providing self-description was becoming “controversial” even before the alt right types went ballistic on Vice President Harris this summer. During a meeting with leaders in the disability community, the VP practiced a form of access that includes making everyone aware of the visual information that those who are Blind or have low […]

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How to Advocate for Yourself to a Medical Professional to Get the Care You Need

By Abby Burch / 2022-10-12
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Abby Burch, Communications Assistant

“You are stressing yourself out and that is causing your symptoms. Don’t worry about it so much.” 

From the first doctor visit to cholecystectomy (also known as gallbladder removal surgery), my self-advocating quest took nine months. …

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Magic; My Wisdom

By Richard Downes / 2022-09-30
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My Wisdom

My wisdom
in forgetting what I know
so other things might grow
go blank
on sheets of paper
tabla rasa
remain open
open

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Disability Garrison – Episode 15: Alternatives to Guardianship with Allison Hall and Ashley Mathy

By Abby Burch / 2022-08-30
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The Problem

When a person turns eighteen, the government sees them as an adult. They are expected to make decisions for themselves. But people with disabilities may need a little extra support in …

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Disability Garrison – Episode 14: Disability Identity with Andy Imparato

By Abby Burch / 2022-07-26
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The Problem

Society has taught us, intentionally or not, that we should be “normal.” That our value is dependent on our contributions to the world around us. This perspective often makes the term

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