Archive: Mar 2015

  1. ADA Generation Ramping Our Voices: What the 25th Anniversary of the ADA Means to Us

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    This week marks exactly 4 months until we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The impact of the ADA on the lives of disabled Americans is undeniable, especially for those who are members of my generation, the Millennials.  Disabled Millennials, dubbed the ADA Generation, came into age under the enactment of the legislation.  The legal requirements under the ADA influenced access to public education, healthcare, transportation, public venues, and technology inclusion of young disabled children born during that time period.  The ADA was one of the first mandates to impact our lives beyond educational opportunities, and it would be remiss to not share how we benefited from its existence.

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  2. Keep Ya Head Up!: Finding Self-Love and Sisterhood as a Disabled Woman

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    Late February, I was approached by the wonderful people within the Easter Seals Thrive Program to write an article for their advocacy campaign for disabled women during the month of March.  Being that I have developed a great connection with the “Letters to Thrive” platform via Tumblr, I jumped at the opportunity to be a guest writer for their campaign.

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  3. Protecting Our Disabled Children: My Outrage About the Cyberbullying of Mariah Anderson

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    Earlier last week, I became outrage when I read the story about the cyberbullying of a two years old toddler named Mariah Anderson from South Carolina.  To read how adults had viciously ridiculed an defenseless child sickened me gravely, and I knew that I could not ignore what transpired.

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  4. My Disability & Blackness are Beautiful: The #BlackOut Experience

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    This past Friday, I participated in the social media #BlackOut campaign by sharing a few selfies I took and posted them on the Ramp Your Voice! Tumblr blog.

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    At the end of Saturday, my #BlackOut images finally reached over 100,000 notes.

    The #BlackOut was a social media campaign spearheaded to allow those of the African Diaspora the opportunity to share positive images of themselves, and receive affirmation and love from others within and outside of the Diaspora about why their existence matters and is valued.

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  5. Tools You Can Use series: iBill, the U.S. Currency Reader Device

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    If someone handed you a wad of cash, how quickly would you be able to count it?  For the average person, it may take a minute or so to discern the value of the bills in their possession.  Now imagine if you were a person with a visual impairment in the same scenario:  How would you correctly distinguish between a $5 bill and an $100 bill within the pile of cash in your hands?  For those who are blind or visually impaired, being able to count money can be a challenging task that most people have never concerned before.  The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is seeking to eliminate this currency inaccessibility issue by providing the iBill, a currency reader device, for free to disabled Americans with visual disabilities.

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