Jiya Pandya and Kim Fernandes are queer, disabled South Asian immigrants to the US. Through their scholarship and activism, they’ve thought deeply about finding language for the multiple, messy ways that layers of privilege and oppression interact, as well as how we can show up in caring community for each other. Jiya studies histories of… Continue reading Culture, Community and Care with Jiya Pandya and Kim Fernandes
Disability Advocacy Between Countries and Cultures with Peter Torres Fremlin
From Bangladesh to Brazil to Egypt and back to the UK, Peter shares and reflects on his international disability advocacy trajectory.
Blind social work students on advocacy, intersections and growing up between cultures, with Fatuma Abdi and Jessica Karim
Fatuma was an asylum seeker, Jessica the daughter of immigrants. Both found paths into social work.
Afghan disability activist’s message to world: “Don’t forget people with disability in Afghanistan”
Samiulhaq Sami is a disability rights advocate living in Kabul, working nationally and internationally. He fears for his life and the well-being of his family. He also wants governments and donors to pay attention to the compounding challenges people with disabilities are experiencing in Afghanistan, especially under Taliban rule. Here is a transcript, lightly edited… Continue reading Afghan disability activist’s message to world: “Don’t forget people with disability in Afghanistan”
Independent living and disability advocacy from Japan to NZ with Umi Asaka
The countries can learn from each other about self-determination and valuing disabled lives.
Growing up between Korean, NZ and US cultures, with Ju Hyeon Han and Miso Kwak
Two blind immigrants share their journeys navigating multiple school systems, parental expectations, disability identity and more.
“You’re leaving out communities”: intersectional mental health support and advocacy with Allilsa Fernandez
When queer, non-binary, disabled Latinx mental health advocate Allilsa Fernandez first talked about her lived experience of psychosis with her family, it was a challenging conversation. “You know, when I had symptoms from psychosis, my family didn’t say, Oh, this person is struggling. How can we be supportive? How can we help find resources or,… Continue reading “You’re leaving out communities”: intersectional mental health support and advocacy with Allilsa Fernandez
“I’m not trash”: disabled immigrants confront New Zealand’s discriminatory immigration Policy
Juliana Carvalho and Eugene Liapin are two disabled migrants to NZ. Their lives have been turned upside down by the layers of disability and health-based discrimination built into Immigration New Zealand’s policies.
Why I’m Starting Disability Crosses Borders
Meet me at the intersections of disability, migration and culture.