Nicholas Young

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Posts about accessibility

If I Left You Behind

I have spent most of 2017 writing long-form non-fiction pieces concerning flaws in the American healthcare system, often attempting to communicate why we, as a country, shouldn’t embrace changes that would severely limit access to care for chronically ill and disabled citizens. Most words, I fear, were skimmed or disregarded; even by individuals who had offered support in the past. One by one, friends have become strangers when asked to share my articles or take simple political action that will enhance my life and the lives of those around me....

Hidden Costs of the ADA Education and Reform Act

July 26, 1990 won’t be soon forgotten. On that day, President George H. W. Bush signed what White House staff publicized as as “the most sweeping civil rights statute since the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.” The legislation prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, accomidations, and transportation, while simultaneously improving communication services for disabled individuals. Last week, H.R.620, the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”, moved out of committee and will soon be voted on by the full house....

Casual Ableism

In order to help you best understand the past few weeks, we begin this post listening in on a recent conversation with my neurologist. “Can you stand?” “Yes, but only for a minute or two, maximum,” I replied, his furrowed brow telling me all I needed to know. “Are your legs really that weak?” I quickly retorted. “If you’ll look at the chart, the purpose of this visit is to investigate possible small fiber neuropathy in all four limbs, plus muscle weakness and numbness in my lower extremities....

Dads Change Diapers, Too

The process of becoming a parent teaches lessons you never expected to learn. There are, of course, many small nuggets of wisdom that lodge in your brain; the prevailing signs of a wet diaper (thanks to modern technology, diaper wetness can be scientifically verified), and your child’s entertainment preferences (or, how to overcome your fear of acting foolish in public). The bigger challenge is learning to live with the responsibility of guiding your precious child....