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Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

Dr. Bethany Ziss of the Children’s Institute reads a poem criticizing the health care industry’s attitude toward people with disabilities. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

Andrea Mauro was physically restrained, force-fed horseradish and shocked with play buzzers as a child when they had tantrums or failed speech therapy exercises. All of this was done to them by the people their parents had sought out to “help” them. Mauro, an autistic activist and student studyi...

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

Autistic rights activist and writer Lydia Brown discusses the unseen difficulties that living with disability can present Sunday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018

When Lydia Brown asked audience members if they understand what disability rights are and if they know the difference between disability rights and disability justice only about six or seven people out of the 42 present raised their hands. Brown then asked the audience what words they associate with the...

Adaptive sports practices begin at Pitt

Lainey Elliot, Kelley Schpech, and Jessica Krausenick participate in a five-on-five game of wheelchair basketball in the Bellefield Gym Thursday evening. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 28, 2016

Brandon Daveler was perplexed. The inaugural wheelchair basketball practice for the semester was supposed to take place the first Thursday after school started — but no one showed up. Instead, a wheelchair with a basketball on its seat sat alone in the corner of the second-floor Bellefield gym...

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