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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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.” 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. 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? more


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


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


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

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

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Paul Sableman

‘I’m excited to be clogging the door, for whatever reason.’ more


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I wish just once I could see a real story of hope, where somebody makes a grand entrance in a colorful new wheelchair and maybe pops a wheelie or two. more

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Disabled people dread the recurring laborious bureaucratic waltz of having disability eligibility reevaluated. And it's getting worse. more




Our city’s bid absolves Dinosaurland of all legal responsibility should any park visitors be eaten by a dinosaur or suffer any other misfortune. more



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I didn’t know that I have been contributing to the crumbling infrastructure of our national parks. more


Many residents in West Virginia are about to receive $525 because their water supply has been poisoned. How could this be a bad thing? more


A new airline policy for traveling with a support animal requires 48-hours notice—a problem in case of emergencies, which is exactly when one really needs support. more