ADA at 26: Speech from NCIL ADA Rally

The following is the text of a speech I gave at the rally for the Americans with Disabilities Act 26th anniversary rally hosted by the National Council on Independent Living. My name is Emet Tauber and I am 21 years old. The ADA was created before my lifetime. 26 years ago, disability activists stood here…

#LGBTQDisabilityDay at the White House

Last week, my awesome friend Maddy forwarded me an email about an event at the White House called #LGBTQDisabilityDay and asked if I would be interested in attending. So many thoughts ran into my head: Me at the WH? They have an event like this? What kind of things are happening there? And then another…

EDS Awareness Month-Accomplishments

May is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome awareness month, and I think alot of posts ive seen are about what people with EDS can’t do. Well, I want to tell you about some of the things we can. Take me for instance: Last week I graduated from college. Thats so amazing! There were so many hospital visits,…

Why HB2 Matters When You’re Disabled (and Trans)

We all know that going to the bathroom is a basic human right, and that it’s something we all do, but it matters even more when you’re disabled. Disabled people often have to use special stalls that fit their mobility devices, or have room to empty their ostomies, or change their feeding tubes. If they…

Disability + Employment

In one month, I will graduate from college with my bachelors degree. Part of me is very surprised this is even happening, even two years ago I doubted that I would graduate. Yet, as my cap and gown has been ordered and I make plans for a party, I find myself thinking about the future…

TDOV 2016: Chronically Invisible

This past Thursday was Trans Day of Visibility 2016 and this years theme was #morethanvisiblity. While I agree that visibility is not enough, and hasn’t stopped the murders of Trans Woman of Color, or bills like HB2 in North Carolina, as a trans disabled person I still often feel invisible. When I look to the…

Its Not Easy Being Rare

Kermit the frog says that its not easy being Green, and likewise, its not easy being rare either. Today is rare disease day and to really illustrate for you what its like to have a rare disease I want to tell you about my day today. First some information on Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease…