Crip wisdom, Gender and Self-Care for Social Justice

Crip wisdom, Gender and Self-Care for Social Justice Gender Stories Podcast, hosted by Alex Iantaffi Nov. 4, 2018 Podcast available on ITunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and other podcast listening platforms. “In this episode, the amazing Naomi Ortiz discusses her contribution to the new anthology “Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People,” edited by Alice Wong. This […]

The First Robot In the Family

When I applied to present at the Disability Intersectionality Summit to speak on, Mending Spirits: Disabled Mestiza Self-Care, the last thing I thought about was how this topic would come across from a robot. After my acceptance, the conference co-organizer, Sandy Ho contacted me asking to speak about an opportunity. Since the conference was taking […]

Self-Care In The Time Of Instant Information

First Published on Medium. As my friend made her way to my door, she brushed past a harmless looking fleshy green nopales cactus (which I’d always chalked up as a mystery variety). Later when we sat talking, she sharply lifted her hand from her thigh shooting me a confused look. As she held her palm […]

Transforming Lies Into Resistance

Part 2 in the “Self-Care in the Time of Liars” Series Listen to this post on SoundCloud When the cochineal scale insect (Dactylopius coccus) invades, it looks like harmless white fluff, but really, it’s mission is to sink its mouthparts into a juicy nopal cactus pad and slowly suck out the life from the inside until it […]

Cultivating Community – Review of “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka

The Book Review below was first published on http://www.meriahnichols.com/   Community connections can happen in any place, at any time. Recently I was on a strategy conference call and I mentioned the work I do around Disability justice. A young parent messaged me after the call wanting to know how he could best support his six-year-old disabled […]

Letters From Elders to Us All: Steve Brown

Survive—and Thrive by Steven E. Brown © 2017, Institute on Disability Culture, All Rights Reserved Many years ago–actually decades ago now–a friend gifted me a button with the saying “Gentleness is Strength.” I didn’t understand. She explained I was gentle, but there was an underlying determination (most of my life I’ve labeled it perseverance) that […]