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Dating, Interabled-ly

Guest Contributor: Melanie the “BedBoundBabe

I was well over 30 years old when I first heard the term “Interabled Relationship”.  Most know what a relationship is but, “interabled”?  My initial reaction to seeing a video circulating online was, “What type of #fakespirational, ableist BS is this?” This particular one came in my email and was titled “Extremely Cute Interabled Couple Discusses Love and Disability.”  That? That title? Ableist. Patronizing. Infantilizing – “Extremely cute”.  Eventually I saw another video without the completely ableist titling.  No, I did not watch the video. I make it a point to try (keyword: Try) to not give clicks to those types of videos.

Anyway, I was immediately turned off but, maybe I was late to the party. Maybe my disabled peers have a different take on this.  So, I took it to the streets…so to speak. Read the rest of this entry

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Free Speech: What’s the catch?

Free Speech: What’s the catch?

As noted by Ann Coulter, there are no asterisks in the First Amendment.  However, for the over 12% of the population that is disabled, the time, place and manner restrictions that do not account for the disabled population place a bold asterisk on the First Amendment, that is, the government must not violate a person’s freedom of speech, unless that person is disabled.   If law and policy makers consider these seven principles, it is likely that the 12% of the population that are identified as disabled may be better able to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, as opposed to relegated to platforms where they are less able to spread their message or consume the message of others…

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I Still Say Their Names

I Still Say Their Names

There are times when I just sit and repeat the story of these unarmed black and brown bodies who were killed. I imagine I am telling it to a future generation

It plays out like this: Something happens and the teen says “call the cops!” But they are stopped. Teen comes to me and asks why. I tell Teen that we can’t be sure if the cop will see us as a victim or suspect. Teen insists his friend is a victim (of whatever) and that much is clear.

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