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A parking lot handicap sign. According to the World Health Organization, over 1 billion people, about 15% of the worlds population, lives with some form of disability. STEVE JOHNSON/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

We need to rethink the word “disability”

Joshua Blake February 8, 2019
Why do we categorize people with physical or mental limitations as disabled? This never made sense to me, even when I was a kid. I'd prefer the term handicapped over disabled because, in my mind, I was never a non-functional human.
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Protesters at a disability rights rally. SINN FEIN/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

My fears about the future

Joshua Blake November 27, 2018
It’s weird being a college student for seven years. You start to wonder if you’ll pull through this journey, and then you start wondering when?
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The walk-in clinic at the campus recreation center is one of the resources available to students in need of healthcare services. However, many students feel the university attendance policy does not support student health. MARIE MATSUNAGA/STATESMAN FILE

The human cost of health care

Joshua Blake November 14, 2018
I’ve been receiving intravenous Remicade treatment for the last five and a half years, and it’s sent my ulcerative colitis into remission. It’s allowed me to pursue a college career, and helped me get my life back. Visits to the emergency room are long gone, but not long forgotten.
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