Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

Book Review: Lulu is a Rhinoceros

By Terra Vance Lulu Is a Rhinoceros Matthew Rushin asked his mom to send my daughter Lulu is a Rhinoceros, a children’s book by record executive and justice reform activist, Jason Flom, and his daughter, Allison Flom, and illustrated by Sophie Corrigan. Lulu is a Rhinoceros is

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Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

Weird Pride Day: Changing the narrative

By David Gray-Hammond People have found me weird my entire life. I am autistic. I am a recovering drug addict. I have experienced psychosis. I am asexual. All of these things represent a departure from the status quo. When people ask, “What is normal?” the resounding answer

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The Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities

The Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities

By Olusegun Akinfenwa The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into the worst precarious health and economic crisis in recent memory and widened the global inequality gap. Unfortunately, both health-wise and financially, the impacts are more telling on persons with disabilities. While it is no longer news

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Four Words: You Need to Change

Four Words: You Need to Change

By John Adriance It was from my first grade teacher that I first heard the phrase, “You need to change.” I had finally been invited one day to play freeze tag with the other kids, a dream come true for me at the time. I knew the

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Benefits of Improving Training of Law Enforcement Interactions with People with Disabilities

Benefits of Improving Training of Law Enforcement Interactions with People with Disabilities

By Rick Hoel People with disabilities comprise the largest minority group in the United States. To effectively address this group, both from a victim and perpetrator perspective, law enforcement officers require special knowledge and training. Those who fully understand the significant impact of disability on this large

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Are Ticket Sales for Events Covered by the ADA?

Are Ticket Sales for Events Covered by the ADA?

By Benjamin Roussey Ticket sales for events are a covered activity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When a venue for an event provides tickets for sale to third-party vendors (which includes online ticket vendors), the venue is required to include tickets for accessible seats. The

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Removing the Mask in Lockdown

Removing the Mask in Lockdown

By Sarah Bristol Like many people during this terrifying pandemic, I am in lockdown at home, in awe of the bravery and sacrifice of health care professionals caring for their patients in incredibly difficult circumstances. Frontline to Sideline I work in healthcare myself, but am unable to

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Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Very Grand Emotions: An Epiphany About How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently, thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Terra Vance Characterizations of Autistic people often reflect a profile of a stoic, unfeeling, emotionless automaton. Many times, the only emotion ascribed to autistics, especially by the lay writers who populate the dustbin of Amazon Kindle’s self-published section, is explosive anger. This is an accusation which

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Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities

Coronavirus could revolutionize work opportunities for people with disabilities

By Lisa Schur (Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University) and Douglas L. Kruse (Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University) Working from home has become the “new normal” for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this clearly has its downsides, one group in particular may

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