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Black #Disability History: Cathay Williams, Female Buffalo Soldier

Cathay Williams (September 1844 – 1892) “I wanted to make my own living and not be dependent on relations or friends.” – Cathay Williams On 15 November 1866 in St. Louis, Cathay Williams enlisted in the United States Army, 38th Infantry … Continue reading

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ASAN Joint Statement from both #Disability and #LGBT Community on the Death of #KaydenClarke

Below please find the joint statement on the death of Kayden Clarke, an autistic trans man who was killed this weekend by Mesa Police during a mental health crisis. This statement is supported jointly by both LGBTQ and disability organizations. … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History: Claudia Gordon, Disability Advocate and Attorney

Claudia L. Gordon  A Howard University graduate, Claudia Gordon is the first deaf African American female attorney in the United States. She currently works in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and previously was Associate … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History: Major Owens, Unsung Hero of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Major Robert Odell Owens (June 28, 1936 – October 21, 2013) “What is our greatest enemy? Segregation.” – Major Owens Major Robert Odell Owens served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007, representing the state’s 11th Congressional … Continue reading

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Black History Month and Including #Disability

Tomorrow is February 1 and Black History Month begins. In honor of the month, President Barack Obama wrote, “we recognize these champions of justice and the sacrifices they made to bring us to this point, we honor the contributions of African-Americans … Continue reading

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Unhelpful Helping

Just a quick anecdote about those folks who feel the need to assist people with disabilities, whether they desire it or not. I’m sure many of you can empathize. I just tripped and fell, which is a common occurrence in … Continue reading

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