Why Cultural Based Care Matters

By Shauna Osborn  cross posted with permission from Sovereign Bodies Documented studies show that the levels of care for minority patients and individuals from uncommon social groups are not equal to the care given to other patients within professional medicine. Cultural difference, language barriers, stereotypes, racism, … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]

7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them

By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 Imagine this: you’re in the waiting room of a new doctor’s office, eager to learn more about and start birth control. You’ve asked a family member to join you, and together you wait for the nurse to call your name for the appointment. Fifteen minutes go by. Twenty minutes. Twenty-five. You’re … [Read more...]

Solution for the “Confusing” Gender-Neutral Toilet Sign Issue

By Sam Killermann from It's Pronounced Metrosexual, cross-posted with permission. A while ago I had the opportunity to sit in on some meetings where a group was lobbying their state legislators for gender-neutral bathrooms. Recently, I attended a town hall where the same issue came up. In both cases, the elected officials were … [Read more...]