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  1. Autistic Science Person

    Autistic Science Person is the personal blog of an autistic grad student in neuroscience that was undiagnosed until adulthood. They are known on Twitter as @AspieHuman.

    Autism
  2. #ADA30InColor

    The Disability Visibility Project compiles #ADA30InColor, a series of essays on the past, present, and future of disability rights and justice by 13 disabled BIPOC writers.

    Autism
  3. Have Wheelchair Will Travel

    They aren’t the first family with a disabled child to travel — but at times it often feels that way. At Have Wheelchair Will Travel, a Sydney-based family of four writes about their travel and day-to-day experiences.

    Diversity
  4. On Family Secrets and How We Deliver Bad News

    “She’d have less to worry about if she knew none of these things. But if she knew none of these things, I reason, she also wouldn’t know me.” At LitHub, Rachel Beanland explores whether or not family secrets are ever justified.

    Death
  5. Cur8able

    Founded by disability fashion stylist Stephanie Thomas, Cur8able is a community and blog dedicated to inclusive and adaptive fashion.

    Diversity
  6. Don’t Tell Me to Write More Love Poems

    “as if the crunch of a quesadilla / can only burn the mouth of someone / not in love at the Taco Bell / on the beach—” Jiordan Castle publishes a poem at Taco Bell Quarterly, an offbeat literary magazine of essays, fiction, and poetry. The publication is unaffiliated with Taco Bell.

    Poetry
  7. How NOT to be an academic a**hole during Covid

    “Just as talking about mental health does not make you weak, making a space for people to talk about quitting the PhD does not make more people leave.” At The Thesis Whisperer, professor Inger Mewburn writes about mental health, quitting the PhD, and toxic positivity in academia.

    Academia
  8. Running Water

    An excerpt from a recent poem by Laura A. Lord: “I could twist the tap and pull myself back until I’m only a few little drops / and then you could catch me in your hands like you used to do.”

    Poetry
    Photo by Emiliano Arano via Pexels
  9. Do You Wish You Were More Politically Outspoken? Nick Cave Responds.

    “My songs sit in that liminal space between decided points of view.” On The Red Hand Files, his website of letters to fans, Nick Cave beautifully explains why his songs don’t have overt political messages.

    Music
    Photo by Gosha Rubchinskiy
  10. Sarah Cooper’s 10,000 Hours

    “Befitting a 10,000 hour journey that constantly saw experimentation (tweeting, writing, drawing, open mics, stand-ups, acting) the groundwork was laid for Cooper’s next breakthrough via a new platform: Tik Tok.” Trung T. Phan examines the rise of comedian and Trump lip-sync master Sarah Cooper.

    Current Events
  11. Open Americas

    Open Americas encourages open, respectful debate around social issues facing the Western Hemisphere. “We advocate a diversity of thought through information, whether it be conveyed through research, literature, reviews, or photographs.”

    Commentary
  12. The MD Life

    At The MD Life, follow the journey of Cynthia Kudji-Sylvester and Jasmine Kudji, a mother and daughter who are “tackling medical school and residency together.”

    Education
  13. Raising Race Conscious Children

    Educator Sachi Feris created Raising Race Conscious Children to support parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children, with the aim of actively challenging racism. 

    Diversity
    Photo by mentatdgt
  14. Beneath the black rocks

    An essay on death, loss, and coronavirus: “The same unknown that makes me nurse the thought of my mother’s death, makes me think of the loneliness of everyone who died of the virus…. For decades, for the rest of their lives they will be imagining the last moments of the ones who left them.”

    Death
  15. “Crescent City” by Anna Oberg

    “Living in Katrina’s wake, I cannot make sense of this haunted world. New Orleans is a place that has survived, but isn’t healing. I can identify. Despite having married the next man who loves me, I am still broken from the last one, who did not.”

    Essay