Five figures that are white and look like humans are in a straight line.  In the middle of each figure is are words for invisible disabilities. The first figure has the words ADHD. The second figure has the words Fibromyalgia. The third figure has the word Dyslexia. The fourth figure has the words Crohn’s Disease. The fifth figure has the words Arthritis.  Under the five figures are the words, Sometimes disabilities are invisible.

Freedom Friday: Invisible Disability Oppression And Empowerment

I am motivated to write this editorial because of an article that was written by Paula McElwee, who is the Technical Assistance Coordinator in the national independent living community. McElwee is a person with an invisible disability.  McElwee shared information about her experience with living with an invisible disability.  How others (even in the disability…
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a male father is sitting in a wheelchair hold the tire swing his two children are standing on

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Parents Are Losing Custody Of Their Children Because The Parent Has A Disability

While we have laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination when it comes to employment, housing, education and public services, there really is nothing to protect their rights as parents. In Colorado, families are being torn apart because a person’s disability is being used against them in custody case or when they’re seeking adoption or…
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a logo that has NCIL with the words National Council on Independent Living

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Trump’s Budget Cuts Independent Living

Last week, the President released his budget proposal for FY 2019 (PDF). Unsurprisingly, the budget proposes steep cuts to the programs people with disabilities rely on, including the Independent Living Program! First and foremost, the budget proposes cutting the Independent Living line item by $5 million, to a total of $96 million. While the Health and Human Service…
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Freedom Friday: The Disability Community Condemns House Passage Of H.R. 620

The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620), sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), passed in the US House of Representative yesterday, Thursday, February 15, 2018.  Votes: 225 Yea, 192 Nay. The bill was passed by 213 Republicans and 12 Democrats.  Collin Peterson D-MN, voted Yea, Kevin Cramer R-ND, voted Yea. HR 620…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Congress Makes Progress In Destroying The Americans With Disabilities Act

Congress took significant steps in its efforts to destroy the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620), sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), if passed, would completely undermine the intent of the ADA and significantly harm the rights of people with disabilities.  The House Judiciary Committee voted the ADA Education…
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