Jules Edwards, co-founder of the Minnesota Autistic Alliance, writes about how stories of autism are often portrayed as either being full of hardship or used for inspiration and are frequently told from someone else’s perspective. Jules explains that being Autistic is not all sunshine and rainbows, nor is it doom and gloom. It can, in fact, be joyful.
April is Deaf History Month. Executive Director David Dively, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and hard of hearing himself, highlights some important events in the Minnesota Deaf community.
Minnesotans with disabilities share how they were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They also share thoughts of what the future might bring, and each has an ask for their communities. People with disabilities are not invisible, our life’s are worthy.
The text version of Governor Walz’ Day of Persons with Disabilities Day proclamation.
Brittanie Wilson, MCD’s Communication Officer, shares her experience going to Washington, DC to advocate for the Build Back Better Act and its inclusion of more funding for Personal Care Attendants and other homecare services. Contrary to the admonitions of “Pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and “Be independent,” our shared reality is much different. We rely on one another to thrive.
Much of the success of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement came from the millions of LGBTQ+ people who bravely “came out” & affirmed their LGBTQ+ identities to the world. Trevor Turner writes that a “coming out” movement could bring similar success to the disability community.