Mike Ervin


Mike Ervin is a writer and disability rights activist living in Chicago. He blogs at Smart Ass Cripple, “expressing pain through sarcasm since 2010.”

Picking up after my dog has never been so satisfying. more

Feb 13, 2018 10:40 AM Dispatches


Randen Pederson

Hell, with my newfound largess, I may even decide to splurge and buy organic bananas. more

Jan 28, 2018 11:00 PM Dispatches



Stephens delivered a dramatic rebuke of the notion that people with Down Syndrome and their families lead lives of perpetual suffering. Republicans gave him a standing ovation but voted against him anyway. more

Jan 16, 2018 6:04 AM Dispatches

When your monthly income is $763, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment where you live is $861, you’re screwed. more

Dec 26, 2017 6:00 AM Dispatches

After major blowback and a legal threat from the ACLU, the state funds a vital program—for a few more months. more

Dec 13, 2017 7:28 AM Dispatches

The Republicans want to cut Medicaid without thinking about the consequences. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine

“It will be increasingly important to maintain our public image as useless and miserable.” more

Nov 24, 2017 8:00 AM Dispatches 1 Comments



Imagine not being able to get out of bed without help from aides. Now imagine being told you will no longer receive that help. more

Nov 13, 2017 12:10 PM Dispatches



For millions of disabled Americans, Medicaid is like our obnoxious but lovable uncle. It has its problems, like any government run program, but it gives millions of disabled Americans a fighting chance. more

Oct 27, 2017 10:10 AM Dispatches


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People say home care workers are selfless saints for doing this type of work. But home care workers are usually flat broke. They deserve a decent wage. more

Oct 19, 2017 11:20 AM Dispatches


Gage Skidmore

The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill was just one more reminder that Republicans are fair-weather friends to disabled Americans. more

Sep 29, 2017 4:10 PM Dispatches

Our longtime contributing writer Mike Ervin has just published a new collection of essays, “Smart Ass Cripple’s Little Chartreuse Book.” As he says, “it still has that new Smart Ass Cripple book smell.” more

Sep 27, 2017 1:39 PM Dispatches

I never knew the Republican Party had a heart or a soul. When did that happen? Did I miss something? more

Sep 13, 2017 4:21 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Peter Kaminski

Chicago’s proposed ordinance raising airport worker wages still leaves wheelchair pushers hustling. more

Aug 31, 2017 1:22 PM Dispatches

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The anger Lewis generated among many disabled people is just as much of a part of his legacy as the money he raised to help them. more

Aug 23, 2017 10:31 AM Dispatches

Maybe someday, if a person doesn’t want to serve me, she’ll just have to say, “I’m sorry, but giving beer to a guy in a wheelchair is against my religion.” more

Aug 17, 2017 3:10 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Executive Office of the President of the United States

Somewhere deep within the White House is a computer programmed to sniff out anniversaries of historic civil rights milestones and issue trite, hypocritical proclamation templates insincerely honoring those events. more

Aug 3, 2017 1:57 PM Dispatches


John Atherton

What used to be one-line eruptions have turned into full-blown rants. more

Jul 24, 2017 2:00 PM Dispatches

Republican leaders are so obsessed with destroying Medicaid that they will try again and again. So the fight is far from over. I have found hope in the idea that collective protest action can turn the tide against the GOP’s agenda. more

Jul 19, 2017 1:40 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments