EmilyGiving Thanks 

By Emily Ladau
The Disability Dialogue

With Thanksgiving upon us, I find so many reasons to feel gratitude towards the many incredible parts of my life and people around me. One thing I try to remember, though, is that even in celebrating all that I have to be thankful for, I cannot take anything for granted. Even in the face of prejudice that I am often subject to, I realize there are thousands upon thousands of people in the disability community who have life experiences that I cannot truly understand. Though I cannot and would not ever claim to be the voice of all disabled people, I speak up in solidarity, asking everyone to remember that as you reflect on what you appreciate most this Thanksgiving, there is still much work to be done, and much for which we cannot yet be thankful.


Ericka JonesWhy your event does not over rule the need for accessible parking

By: Ericka Jones
Systems Advocate

Disability Rights advocates have been working hard in the fight for overtime pay for attendants. It’s important that attendants have access to overtime pay because without it, their hours and income will be capped. Without their attendants, consumers will end up forced into a nursing facility instead of living in the community. Because Governor Cuomo has championed the plan to raise minimum wage to $15/hour, there is no reason why people with disabilities or attendants should not also be included in getting fair pay. 


JensenThe History They Left Out

By Jensen Caraballo
Social Media Coordinator

On Columbus Day, I traveled to Buffalo, New York with Regional Center for Independent Living’s Youth Leadership group, YO! - Youth Own to visit the Museum of disABILITY History then to take a tour of the University at Buffalo campus! The campus visit was great, but for this blog I want to talk to you about our tour of the museum exhibit.


Leah Smith#Ableism

By Leah Smith
The Disability Dialogue

Ableism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’ in one form or the other. Ableism is intertwined in our culture, due to many limiting beliefs about what disability does or does not mean, how able-bodied people learn to treat people with disabilities and how we are often not included at the table for key decisions. 


Andrew PDisappointing, But Not A Waste Of Time
Democratic Presidential Debate: November 14, 2015, Des Moines, Iowa 

By Andrew Pulrang
Disability & Politics

It may be time to stop expecting disability issues to come up in these early Presidential Primary debates. That doesn’t mean debates are a waste of our time.

The question going into Saturday night’s Democratic Presidential debate in Des Moines wasn’t whether a Democratic President would support and defend programs that support and empower disabled Americans. Of course they would. The question was whether the three remaining Democratic candidates … Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley … would offer anything new or improved. The answer was both reassuring and frustrating.

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