The disabled community makes up one in four Americans, which means their lives are intertwined within the spectrum of all relationships. We’re focusing on the ways in which disability is intrinsic to everyday life, and how everyone is connected to it as part of the human experience.
Humans must have water, air, shelter, sleep, clothing, and food to survive, according to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. While these are the most basic needs for all humans, some can have a hard time obtaining them. Or, they can obtain some, but not all, for a variety of reasons. One of many reasons is illness.
When most people move out, there are a few things they look for: location, affordability, safety. However, as a wheelchair user, I needed more, like accessible entrances, a larger apartment, reachable and accessible security options, and a safety route for emergencies. For the most part, I was able to check off everything on that list (my apartment is large enough to accommodate my wheelchair and has an accessible bathroom), but I noticed there were still needs of mine that weren't initially met. With the help of my building managers, I was able to make these adjustments happen
From editor-tested bedding to the latest in sleep tech, we've got everything you could ever need for better sleep...
Millions of people who were used to going into offices to work have spent the past year trying to do the same job at home. It’s certainly been an ongoing task, especially when it comes to finding a professional background in a quiet corner, but what about people who have to accommodate their bodies’ needs alongside their jobs’ requirements?
For many disabled people, a lot of thought has to go into a WFH setup…
When Fifth Harmony alum Ally Brooke sat down to tell her mother the release date of her debut book, she was shocked when her mother then told her that same day—October 13th—was Brooke’s original due date. The 27-year-old ultimately was born three months early, but she still managed to make that date hers anyway. As a person who believes in divine and universal timing, it was one of the things that reaffirmed that belief for me—especially after reading her book, Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big...
I was 20 years old when I first visited a gynecologist — the age my clinic recommended I come in for my first Pap smear. And I was nervous.
Since I hit puberty, I’ve been fascinated with our connection to our bodies.
Starting when I was 10 years old, I can remember coming home and watching 106 & Park on BET, waiting for singers like Aaliyah and Beyoncé to walk on set as guests. Like clockwork, every night at 6 p.m., I’d sit in front of the TV, watch the latest music videos, and obsess over them.
Meeting the half-sister I never knew existed didn't go as planned, but it brought me the closure I needed
It was a spring afternoon in 2015. I was sitting in a restaurant when I got the text: “We’re here, just looking for parking.” My heart dropped to my stomach. I was meeting my half-sister for the very first time. A chapter of my life that had been missing since the day I was born would finally be written.
March 1st is what’s known in the disability community as Disability Day of Mourning. If you’ve never heard of it, I’m not surprised. DDoM is when, around the world, we come together to remember those in our community who have died by filicide—the official term for when a parent murders their child.
Annie Segarra is an intersectional activist and content creator with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a connective tissue disorder. We talked via email about her journey to diagnosis, becoming disabled later in life, and navigating YouTube’s content creation minefield.
Alice Wong is the creator of the Disability Visibility Project and a co-founder of #CripTheVote, using social media to encourage those with disabilities to speak up about politics. She and I chatted over email about the DVP, making Bitch Magazine’s 2018 Bitch 50 list, and her former role on the National Council on Disability.
Keah Brown is an essayist and author of the upcoming book, "The Pretty One." We talked via email about her viral hashtag, #DisabledandCute, her book, and making The Root 100, the root.com’s annual list of 100 most influential African Americans paving the way for the next generators of leaders, change-makers, and influencers
"It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all over it as they eat it..."