Systemic racism and ableism in healthcare
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Systemic racism and ableism in healthcare

Let’s start with the terms themselves. Systemic racism is a deep-rooted issue in the US, and one that many conservatives don’t want to admit even exists. When it comes to our broken healthcare system, racism is one of many ‘isms’ buried within it. Ableism is also a systemic issue, and one that is deeply entrenched…

Health Insurance Plans and the disabled community
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Health Insurance Plans and the disabled community

October through December is Open Enrollment season for the US Health Insurance system. This is the time when people can choose, change, or adjust their healthcare plan. With about 55% of the population covered through private employers, this is when employees have the right to examine their options and select the offered plan that best…

Demystifying Health Insurance
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Demystifying Health Insurance

Health insurance is a big scary topic in the US, and one that leads many people to just back away. Coverage tends to be very complicated in this country and feel overwhelming for everyone who could, should, or might get health insurance. For those of us in the disabled community, health insurance tends to be…

Poor and disabled: Participating in the Poor People’s Campaign’s Activism with a Disability
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Poor and disabled: Participating in the Poor People’s Campaign’s Activism with a Disability

I’ve been active during the time I’ve taken off from posting. One of my biggest efforts was a multi-day trip to Washington, DC to join the Poor People’s Campaign in a push for congressional reforms through civil disobedience. We had a simple set of demands for the Senate, which has, of yet, been unfulfilled. Our…

Celebrating Pride Weekend as a Queer Disabled Woman
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Celebrating Pride Weekend as a Queer Disabled Woman

I have been living with Functional Neurological Disorder for the past 20 years. I also realized that I was bisexual about 19 years ago. After I joined BiRequest several years after coming out, I was invited to participate in the Heritage of Pride March in New York City. I loved the experience of marching through…

Traveling with a disability: car travel
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Traveling with a disability: car travel

While some health conditions prevent disabled people from driving, many others don’t. What disabilities prevent driving and which don’t can be surprising. There are many accessibility features available today to allow wheelchair users and people with other mobility limits to drive despite their presumed inability to do so. There also are many advances in automated…

Planning in recovery time after losing last summer to Covid-19
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Planning in recovery time after losing last summer to Covid-19

2020 was a rough year, and I’m recognizing the different pressures I’ve had, many of which were caused or magnified by Covid-19. I’m recognizing that while I’ve managed to do a fair bit this past year, I’m now a bit fatigued and low on energy for self-care as well as resistant to following the routines…

A Third Reconstruction: How this House Resolution should help the disabled community
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A Third Reconstruction: How this House Resolution should help the disabled community

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m an active participant in the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign. I want to share with you the most recent activity of the campaign and explain both its significance and how it helps us, the disabled community. The Poor People’s Campaign along with House Representatives Barbara Lee and Pramila…

Flying with a disability
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Flying with a disability

You absolutely can fly while managing your condition! While there aren’t generally travel discounts (airlines are private companies), there are rules to help you travel safely, referred to as the Air Carrier Access Act. Your carrier’s services should provide you with supports for your trip, but it is your responsibility to let them know that…