CHLOÉ VALENTINE

Disability rights advocate and writer.

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NEWS AND FEATURED

GO AHEAD AND STARE AT MY PROSTHETIC ARM. I KNOW IT'S AWESOME.

THE WASHINGTON POST


After six years of loathing my useless arm, I began to love it.

"It was time to seize the opportunity to create the superhero arm I wasn’t born with but could design. I knew I wanted it to look like something Iron Man Tony Stark might have created. In my head, that aesthetic was a butterfly-clad hybrid between Thanos’s gauntlet and anything Gaga would be caught wearing — sans meat."

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PROSTHETICS ARE BUILT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE. BUT THEY STILL LACK INCLUSIVITY.

NBC 

Amputees can't truly be comfortable in wearable technology if simple things, such as having more sizes to choose from, aren't available.

"Ironically, prosthetics, built with disabled users in mind, are still not inclusive, leaving many prosthetic users devoid of the Goldilocks outcome that feels just right. They are meant to be custom-made to fit and balance the wearer’s body, but prosthetics are assembled from parts designed based on a one-size-fits-all standard."

LOSING ABORTION ACCESS IS A DISASTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

THEM.

Many people with disabilities already lack bodily autonomy in myriad ways. The overturning of Roe v. Wade will make things much worse.

"The truth is we’ve never been safe. Neither have our rights. Now, with the overturn of Roe v. Wade, our already precarious existence is poised to grow even more marginal, threatened, and overlooked."

Image courtesy of them.

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