Archive: Feb 2014

  1. Recognizing Black History Month as a Disability Rights Advocate of Color

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    February is Black History Month, and as a Disability Rights Advocate of African descent, it is my duty to shine a spotlight on the significance of this observance.  Being a triple minority – African American, female, and disabled – has impacted how I view the world, and interact within it.  Each of my identities molded me; I would not be the person that I am if I did not belong to each group.  I am very proud of my racial identity; my pride is seen by being an African American Studies minor during my undergraduate years, my affiliations with historically black organizations, as well as the creation of Ramp Your Voice!  Being an African American woman with a disability has not been an easy life to live, but I have learned to use every barrier and obstacle to my advantage.

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  2. Petitioning for a Disabled American Girl Doll to be Created

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    Melissa Shang with American Girl Doll 1A 10-year-old girl, and her older sister, started a petition in December to urge the American Girl company to create a disabled American Girl doll.  Melissa Shang is a young advocate who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a form of muscular dystrophy.  Shang, like a lot of young girls her age and those before her, love to play with American Girl dolls.  Melissa noticed one thing in particular about her favorite doll line – there were no dolls available within the brand that “looked” like her.

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  3. Dating, Love, & Sex with a Disability (Part 3)

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    For the third and final installment of the Dating, Love, & Sex:  The Experiences of Women with Disabilities series, we will learn Erin’s, Samantha’s, and Charlotte’s views on “disabled devotees,” being asked about the disability status of their partners, and if men with disabilities have it easier when it comes to dating and finding love.  (If you have missed out on the eye-opening discussions in this series, do read Part 1 and Part 2.)

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  4. Let’s Talk About Sex [and disability], Baby! (Part 2)

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    For the second installment of the Dating, Love, & Sex:  The Experiences of Women with Disabilities series, Erin and Samantha will share their perspectives on attractiveness, what men really think about our body image hang-ups, and the most taboo subject to connect to disability:  SEX.  (If you missed out on the incredible discussion that started this series, do read Part 1.)

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  5. Dating, Love, & Sex: The Experiences of Women with Disabilities (Part 1)

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    In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have decided to publish a three-part series titled, Dating, Love, & Sex:  The Experiences of Women with Disabilities.  As a single woman with a disability, I wanted to know about the experiences of the women with disabilities in my life who have dated and found love, and learn how they handled questions pertaining to their sexuality, womanhood, and sensuality.

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  6. Athletes with Disabilities in the News: Isaac Lufkin & Derrick Coleman

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    Athletes with disabilities have been making incredible headlines in the news lately.  This week, I wanted to share the stories of two football players who are breaking barriers and using their life experiences to encourage others to pursue their dreams, and has not allowed their different abilities to define what they are capable of.

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