Chiara de Blasio Speaks Out Against the Stigma of Mental Illness

Chiara de Blasio and her mom, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray at the launch of a new text message-based mental health resource for teens. Chiara de Blasio is known for being the daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but she’s also won acclaim for her... Read more »

What is Life Like for Deaf People in Prison?

Talila Lewis, center, speaking to the FCC about the rights of deaf people in prison. We’ve reached a critical moment in our history. As we incarcerate more people than ever before, we can no longer put off having honest conversations about the effects of police brutality and abuse of... Read more »

A New Webseries Upsets Pop Culture Portrayals of Disabilties

Representations of people with disabilities in pop culture are few and far-between. Read more »

Remembering Comedian and Disability Rights Activist Stella Young

Australian comedian and disability rights activist Stella J. Young passed away last weekend at the age of 32. Her presence in the disability community will be sorely missed.  Read more »

The "Gawk Factor" Problem with American Horror Story: Freak Show

We’re now two weeks and 2.5 hours into American Horror Story: Freak Show, which means we’ve experienced two anachronistic musical numbers and approximately 1,000 Twisty the Clown nightmares.... Read more »

In New Surreal Animated Film "Rocks in My Pockets," Depression is a Ghost

Delving into family history for the sake of entertainment is no easy task, especially when your family has as many skeletons in its closet as Latvian animator Signe Baumane’s. Read more »

Rewriting the Rules with Author Elissa Washuta

Elissa Washuta is white and Native, bipolar, and lost her virginity to rape. Her first book, My Body is a Book of Rules, is a modern coming-of-age memoir that reaches into these tangles of the body and mind through American pop... Read more »

The Surprising Language of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

In “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” gestures and body language communicate more than spoken words.  There are some movies you see because you actively seek them out, and some you see because just giving up and buying a ticket seems easier than resisting the tidal forces that... Read more »

Examining Blindness in "The Fault in Our Stars"

It was a strange choice for a summer blockbuster. A weepy film about a girl dying of thyroid cancer who meets her boyfriend in a support group and then travels to Amsterdam so she can meet the author she idolizes before experiencing the ultimate heartbreak.  Read more »

“Orange is the New Black” Rewrites the “Bad Prisoner” Stereotype

We live in a culture where the presumption of guilt is often stronger than compassion or empathy, especially for imprisoned people. Read more »


Valuable Resources: The Ableist Fight Over Plastic Straws

Straws are easy to target, but cities and companies still rely on environmentally harmful practices. Read more »