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DISABILITY IS A BADGE OF HONOR, NOT A LABEL.
Creating Strength and Empowerment for People with Disabilities

Claiming Disability Inc wants to spread our messages of empowerment and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that shared experiences can greatly impact inclusion. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team and our community of supporters works to embrace diversity and disability as an asset toward the greater good.


CLAIMING DISABILITY INC AT A GLANCE
Helping people find strength and courage to celebrate disability

Claiming Disability, Inc.-You Belong Here Erin Kay Mollie Miller

    • Entrepreneurship

DISABILITY IS A BADGE OF HONOR, NOT A LABEL.
Creating Strength and Empowerment for People with Disabilities

Claiming Disability Inc wants to spread our messages of empowerment and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that shared experiences can greatly impact inclusion. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team and our community of supporters works to embrace diversity and disability as an asset toward the greater good.


CLAIMING DISABILITY INC AT A GLANCE
Helping people find strength and courage to celebrate disability

    CP Talk! It's National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

    CP Talk! It's National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

    Mollie and Erin are both two adult, professional women with Cerebral Palsy and their experiences differ greatly. We also able to relate on a lot of different levels about it. Enjoy this chat and please support National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month by following your favorite cpers, including Daryl Perry, Tylia Flores, Andrew Gurza, Zach Anner, Nicole Luongo of the #gogreenforcp movement.

    NATIONAL CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS MONTH
    National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March brings attention to a group of disorders usually diagnosed in early childhood.

    There are different forms of cerebral palsy (CP). A physician determines the kind of movement disorder based on the extent, type, and location of the child’s abnormalities. The disability can occur during development in the womb, but it can also occur during birth. Diagnosis may be delayed as parents begin to notice missed milestones.

    CP is a life-long condition. Children and adults with CP may require a range of care. While there is no cure, there are many therapies and adaptive strategies to support someone with CP throughout their life. Speech devices make it possible for someone with CP to speak independently. Electric wheelchairs provide mobility. However, accessibility is still an issue in some areas of the country.

    Through advocacy, research, and education improved awareness breaks down the barriers many with CP face.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Wear green in support of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Green represents new growth and inspires a renewed life. Learn more about CP or donate. Visit cerebralpalsynewstoday.com to learn more. Use #CerebralPalsyAwarenessMonth to share your experiences on social media.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Claiming Disability Inc. Meets Disabilities Advocate Tylia Flores from Keep on Stomping!

    Claiming Disability Inc. Meets Disabilities Advocate Tylia Flores from Keep on Stomping!

    The special Valentine's Day Addition of the You Belong Here Podcast. The women of Claiming Disability, Inc meet with 24 year old Tylia to discuss her many accomplishments in the disabled community. You are so disabled and fierce, Tylia, you are empowering to so many people in the disabled community. 
    Tylia Flores was born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. 
    Learn more about Tylia at https://tyliaflores.com/
    Original Air Date: 2/14/2020

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    • 58 min
    CD Meets Mick Rosenthal, Disabilities Activist and Documentary Supporter of Netflix's Crip Camp

    CD Meets Mick Rosenthal, Disabilities Activist and Documentary Supporter of Netflix's Crip Camp

    Exclusive Interview with Mick Rosenthal and the "gorgeous," ladies of CD. (Mick's words, thanks Mick)

    Original Air Date: 2/8/2020

    Award-winning NETFLIX documentary puts people with disabilities on the silver screen at Sundance
    My first time at the Sundance Film Festival was very memorable. A great documentary called CRIP CAMP opened the festival. The film features a camp in upper New York State called Camp Jened.

    Long lost to the dustbin of our collective 1950s, 1960s and 1970s history, Camp Jened was a camp for people with disabilities. Now, you’ll be able to experience the impact of Camp Jened when CRIP CAMP premieres on Netflix in mid-March. The film should also have a limited theatrical release.

    I got the opportunity to attend Sundance and see CRIP CAMP because, my parnts, who are a filmmaker and former actress turned political and environmental activist, invested in the film.



    The documentary looks at Camp Jened and its participants, who helped start the Disability Rights Movement, part the larger Civil Rights Movement. The film underscores an important idea that:

    · disabilities do not discriminate

    · a disability doesn’t care what skin color you have

    · a disability doesn’t care who you voted for, nor who you love

    · a disability doesn’t care what language you speak

    I am physically disabled with Cerebral Palsy and have been working on a long-term project regarding disabilities and voting rights. The fight for inclusion continues today, as there are still very few people with disabilities serving in Congress. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the protections guaranteed to people with disabilities, was passed in 1990 with bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.

    In this new century, there are still very few serving in Congress who have the abilities to make laws to protect our lives as people with disabilities. It seems that the protections afforded to us are slowly, and quietly, getting rolled back.

    Read More here... https://www.claimingdisabilityinc.com/post/award-winning-netflix-documentary-puts-people-with-disabilities-on-the-silver-screen-at-sundance


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Celebrating the Microwins: Making Every Day Count🎉

    Celebrating the Microwins: Making Every Day Count🎉

    If you don't take time to celebrate the "microwins," the grind is real. ❤ Erin & Mollie discuss the "wins," of Claiming Disability,Inc. We continue to be in awe of the power between potential and persistence. In that space, We have been able to believe in and build up a platform — a community — for you, and all people with disabilities to come and connect, to gather in celebration of our differences, and to find a place where everyone belongs.

    We said we would build an online home for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions to actively and creatively claim who they are and where they are in their journey of self acceptance and self-love. So we did. Thank you to all of our CD community authors for bravely sharing your stories of learning through life.

    We said we would show up every week to host hour-long IG livestreams; we wanted another way to facilitate meaningful conversations and thoughtful experiences between people with disabilities, the kind of real talk that only comes from a willingness to be authentic and to tell the truth about the struggles before the successes. So we did. Thank you for showing up and raising your voices with us.

    We said we would launch a merchandise store, selling only clothing and accessories designed exclusively by people with disabilities. So we did. Thank you for wearing your disability like a badge of honor.

    We said we would produce a podcast, and create a show where our friends and us would have the power to control the narratives, to tell real stories about real people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Above all, we wanted to remind everyone: no matter who you are, you belong here. So we did. Thank you for tuning in and adding to the conversations.

    We said we would plan and produce our first speaking engagement. So we did. Erin and I are beyond excited and grateful to be representing @ as keynote speakers at Iowa city’s first annual Employment is Empowering conference, a forum bringing together community leaders and businesses to shine light on people with disabilities making a big difference in the workforce.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Communication is Key: Apples & Oranges

    Communication is Key: Apples & Oranges

    Mollie & Erin discuss the struggles of being two, strong-willed, determined, motivated, entrepreneurial disabled women in 2020. Having a business partner is a lot like having a sister and there's are ups and downs in any relationship. That's part of communication, we all communicate in different ways and that's what makes us original. Mollie and Erin are two distinct personality types, but one thing is for sure, where we meet in the middle is helping to empower people with disabilities to find their voice. You are allowed to disagree with people you love. Original air date: 1/18/2019


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Feeling Defined in the Disabled Community

    Feeling Defined in the Disabled Community

    Mollie & I discuss person first language vs. identify first language along with some insightful chat of iconic literature like Harry Potter, Twilight (Better to be Team Edward) and much more in this light-heart episode! Enjoy!


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    • 40 min

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