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Spent the afternoon all fired up at Yale Law School’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference today. Participated in a dynamic and unfiltered dialogue on disability justice, intersectional identities, connections between institutionalization and mass incarceration, racism and White supremacy in the disability rights space, ableism in other activism/organized movement spaces... We tend to approach issues that we are passionate about from a narrow framework be it race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, etc. Now more than ever before, we must find common connections between struggles (intersectionality of struggles) and this is of particular importance to those of us who are members of multiple marginalized communities. #RebLaw18 #DisabilityJustice #IntersectionalJustice #DisabilitySolidarity #Disability #Justice #Intersectionality

At a young age, Simone Biles was already competing as a level 8 gymnast when she was diagnosed with ADHD. She went on to win a gold medal at the World Championships at the age of 16, becoming the first female African-American athlete to win gold in the all-around. She secured her spot on the U.S women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she won four gold medals. She is the most decorated American gymnast in history, with 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.
But in 2016, a Russian hacking organization leaked the private medical information of many Olympic athletes; targeting seemed to be focused on black American women, including Biles and Venus and Serena Williams. Biles’ medical records showed that she used methylphenidate and tried to frame the leak as if Biles was doping. That medication is, of course, Ritalin.
Showing grace and strength in the face of a breach of privacy, Biles used the opportunity to speak out against ADHD stigma. She sent out a series of tweets show she is unashamed. "I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me. Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of [and] nothing that I'm afraid to let people know." Never change, Simone.

If you cant get down with this, you can’t be down with us

Amazing werq from our dearest chum, @kiyaan_hashtpa. They created this art for any day of the year
#disability #disabled #chronicpain #chronicillness #neurodiversity #neurodiverse #neurodivergent #sick #spoonie #spoonielife #crip #crazy #disabilityawareness #disabilitysupport #disabilityjustice #disabilitypride #disabilitysolidarity ♿️♿️♿️♿️♿️♿️
All images are of different text in white lettering superimposed over a line drawing of a human heart detached from its body, in brown over a black monochromatic background. The initials KA are found in brown also above the severed arteries. A single red heart with white streak highlights is situated in the upper right hand corner. Below is the text for each image
1. Roses are red. Violets are blue. I wanna destroy abled supremacy with you.
2. I love our access intimacy.
3. Netflix, heatpad, and chill?
4. Wanna go on a sensory friendly date?
5. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Don’t wear scents so I can be around you.
6. Your fatigue face is hot
7. I love your crazy.

Still looking for a Valentines Day card? Look no further!
UK-based non-profit Scope designed these cards for their #endtheawkward campaign. In their own words, “Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here.” Check them out! @scopecharity

Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers out there. Use today as a reminder to love yourself first and foremost, that there is no wrong way to love, that your love is beautiful, and to love those close to you with every fiber of your being.

“My spirit is unconquerable. Fearless I will face each foe for I know I am capable. I don't care what’s probable; through blood sweat and tears I am unstoppable."
--Anthony Robles

When Anthony Robles was born in 1988, doctors could not explain why he was born without his right leg. “My mom always told me growing up that ‘God made me this way for a reason’ and she made me believe it. When I was 14, I realized what that reason was when I tried out for wrestling team.” Being the smallest and “worst wrestler” was no match for Anthony’s passion and discipline. Anthony believed he could one day be a champion wrestler. He finished his high school junior and senior years with a 96-0 record before becoming a 3-time All-American and the 2011 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) National Champion. Through years of hard work, Robles acquired the strength and size in his upper body of a wrestler in a weight class several classes higher than his 125-pound division and worked to develop a wrestling style that maximized his ability to use that strength. Despite excellent athletic and academic performance in high school, few college wrestling programs attempted to recruit Robles. “They thought I was too small to wrestle in college and that a one-legged wrestler could never compete with the nation’s best college wrestlers. I walked into Arizona State University compelled to prove to them, and the world, anything was possible.”

A couple of courses offered for the Disability Justice concentration or minor that is offered through the Department of Learning and Instruction:
L& I 710: Disability and Impairment
L&I 718: Disability Law an Public Policy

L&I 722: Research, Teaching and Collaboration for Disability Justice #DisabilityJustice #usfcasoe #DisabilityRights #DisabilitySolidarity

#Repost @feministabulous with @get_repost
Interviewing the @rollettes_la has been a personal dream and this year it finally came true! I'm so thankful they invited into their world and thrilled for you to join too. We need to rethink what an athlete looks like and it all starts with fierce women like @chelsiehill @ednaaserrano and @ohsamnicole. Thank you for sharing your story with us! (🎥 @christinekng) Full episode on fb as usual!

It was an honor to speak during Cal Poly Pomona's Disability Pride Week with Los Angeles Spoonie Collective ✨

#Repost @la.spoony.collective ・・・
Aren't we an attractive bunch of activists? Such a pleasure to be hosted to speak today at a “Disability at the Intersections panel at @calpolypomona facilitated by our very own Dr. Shayda Kafai (@cripfemmecrafts).
#Repost @cripfemmecrafts
I am on a queer, femme spoonie high after today's panel. I am beyond grateful to be supported by such an amazing community...and so much glitter!✊🏾💞😻🌻 Endless gratitude @vylette.femme @itsjust_laurent
@alicatsamurai @glitteryfemme
Thank you @dont_wakethe_beast for being my support and to the amazing folks at the @cppgemsclub for the promotion and love!!! 💙

#cripfemmecrafts #disabilityprideweek #femmesofcolorvisibility #cpp #disabilityvisibilityproject #laspooniecollective #disabledandcute #disabilityjustice #disabilitysolidarity #spoonie #spoonielife

Aren’t we an attractive bunch of activists? Such a pleasure to be hosted to speak today at a “Disability at the Intersections” panel at @calpolypomona facilitated by our very own Dr. Shayda Kafai (@cripfemmecrafts).
#Repost @cripfemmecrafts
I am on a queer, femme spoonie high after today's panel. I am beyond grateful to be supported by such an amazing community...and so much glitter!✊🏾💞😻🌻 Endless gratitude @vylette.femme @itsjust_laurent
@alicatsamurai @glitteryfemme
Thank you @dont_wakethe_beast for being my support and to the amazing folks at the @cppgemsclub for the promotion and love!!! 💙

#cripfemmecrafts #disabilityprideweek #femmesofcolorvisibility #cpp #disabilityvisibilityproject #laspooniecollective #disabledandcute #disabilityjustice #disabilitysolidarity #spoonie #spoonielife

Just a taste of the fun and sweat in a Wellness Rising class. We finished off our workout with a good ole “punch punch kick” and an ab/shoulder finisher! Thank you to all the Wellness Warriors who join us each week!

I’m a wheelchair warrior💪 and I am proud of how far I’ve come, of how I’ve adapted - for example I look at the world from a whole different perspective now & I’m proud of how strong I’ve been throughout this whole horrific time. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger & never forget to live life to the full even if you have a disability because we only get one life, so let’s live it and make it awesome!🙌 sending good vibes to all of you!!💋
#wheelie #wheelchair #wheelchairlife #wheelchairwarrior #warrior #disabled #disabilityhistory #raredisease #rareillness #ill #sick #queen #gaygirl #tomboy #blackandwhitephoto #style #selfie #imme #true #inspire #beyou #disabilitysolidarity #cantwalkanymore #livelife #livelifetothefullest #lgbtq #lesbian #tomboyfashion #disabledlife #disabledfashion

One day until our #HEARDwebinar "Policing, Prisons & Protecting Ourselves" w @prisonculture+@tweetingala!

There's 30 spots left, open to all now.
RSVP now at tinyurl.com/webinarjan -

"Tasers are lethal-especially for disabled, young & elderly people! Tasers are disproportionately used agnst disabled ppl. Cops've killed +1,000 people with tasers+hospitalized countless more.
#Tasers are lethal-esp. for disabled, young & elderly people! #DisabilitySolidarity
These reformist are out here reforming ways in which marginalized folks get killed by cops. Out here like, "don't shoot those em. Here, use this instead."
We really don't need any more or different forms of violence. This is why #abolition is the immediate imperative." - @talilalewis

Bergerak tidak hanya soal melangkahkan kaki..bergerak tidak selalu mengayunkan tangan..
Meski tak cukup ruang untuk mengeksplor diri,setidaknya masih bisa menjadi seorang pemikir..
Ingat!ketika kita mengeluh tak mampu menjadi seperti orang lain,masih ada yng mengeluhkan tidak bisa menjadi seperti kita..tetap bersyukur
Thank's to Allah

#disabilitas #disability #disabilitysolidarity #disabilitysupport #disabilitasbergerak
@disabilitas @disability @disabilitysolidarity @disabilitysupportforever @disabilitasbergerak

Hello Liberty Family! What’s this week’s small tip to make a BIG difference in your day-to-day wellness?

Get Your Yearly Check-up!

No one likes doing it—making the appointment, scheduling time to get down to the doctor’s office, waiting in the lobby, especially when you’re not even sick (yet). But preventative care is so important and so often ignored. The greatest benefit of the annual physical is knowledge—both for you and your physician. The visits establish a baseline for your health against which your doctor can detect unhealthy trends before they become full-blown risk factors. Another benefit is the connection you will develop with your doctors. When a health crisis occurs, will you will have a doctor and staff who already know and care about you.

To get the most out of your annual checkup, take a moment to prepare for it:
• Make a list of your health concerns • Make a list of the medications you are taking • Get a copy of your medical records and re-familiarize yourself with your family medical history • Review your health plan to be sure you understand what your insurance covers. Call your doctor in advance to see which tests/screenings you usually run. You can request that your doctor not perform tests which are not covered by your health plan.
Schedule an appointment soon, especially if you’ve been putting it off. It will give you peace of mind, agency over your health, and can reduce your overall spending on health care.

Looking for more? Follow Wellness Rising on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WellnessRising/ and keep the party going for more fitness, wellness and nutrition tips!

Be well.

Coach Pascale

HEARD National #DeafInPrison Hotline

From Jan-March 2018 we are accepting calls from deaf imprisoned people during the following times:

Tues: 6am - 10am PST | 9am - 1pm EST
Thurs: 10am - 2pm PST | 1pm - 5pm EST
VP number: 202-436-9278 *These hours are for #DDBDDHH folks ONLY

Roscoe and I wear black today because as a Deaf woman, I am in the 40% of people like me who have been sexually harassed just because of my disability. Women with disabilities - particularly physical or intellectual disabilities- are seen as less than human by the general population. So it sort of makes sense that they would be easy targets. Also, because of their disabilities they tend to be not believed if they DO report incidents. Inclusion needs to happen now so that disabled people aren’t living like this anymore.

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