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Disability Justice and Material Needs: Reflections on the Experiences of Autistic New Yorkers Living Under Covid-19

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As a member of NYU’s Disability Equity in the Time of COVID-19 research team during the summer of 2020[1], I had the opportunity to conduct seven virtual interviews by Zoom or phone with autistic adults living in the New York metro area about their experiences during the pandemic, what our team is calling “COVID Chronicles.” I also conducted …

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Interpreting Sexuality: Intellectually Disabled People and “Special” Educators in India

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 “Why does she like putting the glass bottle near her pee-hole? She couldn’t talk and tell us what was going on…what did she exactly want? What was in her mind?… [I]t was very hard to figure that out…but I had to keep working on this because we work with special children and we are special educators.”

Savita, a special educator …

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Intimate connections and singular embodiments: disability in times of the Covid-19 pandemic

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In Brazil, most state governors and city mayors in Brazil have been following the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and, in defiance of federal government protocol, have adopted policies of social isolation and distancing. To stay home with our families, going out only when necessary is an effective policy for care and prevention aimed at the “general population.” Still, when …

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What the experience of Covid-19 tells us about disability, work, and accessibility

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The ‘new normality’ in the world of work:

Bernardo, one of the authors of this piece, has Larsen’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disease. Because of this, he has difficulty traveling long distances and needs accommodations. He says that on the first day of work on January 2020, in an effort to find the classroom where he would teach courses on …

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From Quality of Life to Disability Justice: Imagining a Post-Covid Future

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Like a CT-scan of the American body politic, the COVID-19 crisis has revealed deep fault-lines in our medical system, especially the inequities that stratify health care along lines of race, class, age and disability. In the midst of ongoing devastation, future visions of a more just world that might emerge from this situation include an alternative model advanced by disability …

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The structural silencing of disabled children and their parents: A reflection on who is absent in discussions about the toll of coronavirus

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Content warning: suicidal ideation

Last Wednesday was the day I learned to always carry a paperclip in my pocket. 

We were laying in the soft green grass watching puffy clouds in the sky when my eight-year-old son threatened to jump from my bedroom window. He described how breaking glass would slice his neck and then kill him when he landed, …