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Mike Ervin

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

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The challenge, until recently, was getting past medical guidelines that rejected applicants who had sought psychiatric counseling. Read more

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As the holidays approacheth, and pot becomes legal in my state, I’m considering reviving my Dysfunctional Family Christmas tradition. Read more

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If you’re not heavily represented on the emoji pallet, you’re nobody. Read more

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Here they are again, back from the dead, like zombies. Read more

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History shows that when a famous person insults disabled people in this manner, they can easily get off the hook. Read more

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Maybe I have a certain talent not so much for making political predictions but for smelling rightwing hypocrisy. It really isn’t hard to do. The stench is often overwhelming. Read more

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My heroes are those disabled folks who embrace the power of their nuisance status. But what happens when being a nuisance becomes a punishable offense? Read more

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Perhaps an old, abandoned barn designated as an official protest zone will be our lawmakers’ perfect solution to keeping the economy safe from those pesky protests. Read more

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What are bootstraps to someone who literally cannot stand on their own two feet? Read more

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When the next shooting happens, people with mental illness diagnoses will probably feel like hiding, but for the wrong reasons. Read more

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When people laugh at my cripple segregation experience, it means they get the joke. Read more

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Today marks the twenty-ninth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And I'm happy, because I remember how things were before the ADA. Read more

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As some people continually seek to redefine what an inclusive public bathroom looks like, conservative forces staunchly defend the bathroom status quo. Read more

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Twenty years ago, a civil rights victory helped disabled people escape institutional life. Read more

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I’ve seen “For Sale” signs on parking lots around the city quite a bit in recent years. That’s how the descent into hell begins. Read more

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Acts of extraordinary generosity get all the press. But we’re missing the point. Read more

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If you’re wondering what life is like for many disabled folks, think about those TV commercials for amusement parks like Great America. Read more

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The angry families and the media didn’t go away. In the end, the senate capitulated to human decency. Read more

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The goose had it way, way easier. Read more

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As the holidays approacheth, and pot becomes legal in my state, I’m considering reviving my Dysfunctional Family Christmas tradition. Read more

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