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.”

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The subway station nearest my house is as inaccessible to me today as it was three decades ago. Read more


Trump is hell bent on undoing everything done by his predecessor, so it’s only a matter of time before the bison is no longer the official mammal of the United States. The question is, what will it be? Read more


Only one place uses these devices, and it uses them to control the behavior of people with autism and other disabilities. Read more



Mike & Mckenzie

I wouldn’t describe my childhood as Santa-deprived, because I was pushy. Read more



White House

Bush deserves credit for what he did to make the ADA happen. But federal civil rights laws are just empty symbolic gestures unless the executive branch vigorously enforces them and judges take them seriously. Read more

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Not every public protest will entice change, but that doesn't mean our efforts are futile. Read more


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The way we look at caregiving plays into propaganda that austerity vultures use to justify cutting social programs. Make mine a double. Read more

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What to do when every day is a rainy day? Read more



Claire VanValkenburg

Now Trump will be able to say maybe he didn’t build that wall, but he did build a bureaucratic barbed wire fence that keeps out the lazy “public charges.” Read more


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I’m supposed to be writing about how hiring disabled people is the right thing to do and makes good business sense. But I’m not comfortable carrying that message. Read more


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Ed Dunens

This is exactly the kind of valuable, constructive action HUD should be taking. So why were they doing it? Read more


A 2007 decision completely disrespects people’s rights and their freedom of choice because of their disability. Read more


Arbitration agreements with medical facilities are all the rage these days. We’ve probably all signed them, whether we know it or not. Read more


I drink martinis through a straw—which isn’t easy. Read more


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“I’m searching in vain for an antonym for the word ‘refugee.’ I need that word to characterize people, myself included, who feel compelled to stay in their states.” Read more

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Kenneth Lu

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law July 26, 1990. Today, some outfits still act like it doesn’t apply to them. Read more

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Local D.C. law says marijuana cannot be sold legally, but enterprising entrepreneurs have found another way. Read more


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Brian Alberth

The proper time and place to protest, they say, is always the time and place where they feel they can most easily ignore us. When we show up at their churches, homes, and country clubs, we are no longer constrained by their rigged rules. Read more

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