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June 11, 2021

Anti-Asian Hate Part 2

From your perspective/experience how is disability perceived in the Philippines both invisible and physical? Has this shaped your way of perceiving disabilities? Has this impacted your identity? “In the Philippines, disability is perceived as something that is more work of the evil rather than it being more common and medical. Therefore, people with disabilities in…

Anti-Asian Hate Part 1

How have the recent attacks in the Asian community affected you personally? “Personally, I think it is still a privilege that I am not what most oppressors will see to be assaulted physically in the public. But I have been more cautious and aware ten times more than I did back when COVID-19 broke out…

May 28, 2021

Surviving Sexual Violence and Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence, Suicide April marks Sexual Violence Awareness Month April 28th is Denim Day May marks Mental Health Awareness Month When I originally thought about reporting what happened to me to my University, I knew that it was not going to be easy, but I definitely underestimated just how hard it would be….

May 24, 2021

Why I Speak Up

Trigger Warning: mention of suicide, self-harm, mental health conditions I was first public with my mental health struggles when I was thirteen. At the time no one was talking about depression or anxiety, self-harming or suicide, how it impacts us and those around us, or even that it just existed. Staying silent about our mental…

May 14, 2021

Highlighting Husky Voices Part 2

In part two of highlighting Husky Voices, I wanted to focus on what it may be like for some huskies to identify as having a disability and what they think is a major issue within the community or society as a whole when it comes to addressing disabilities.  Are you able to share any stories…

May 7, 2021

Highlighting Husky Voices Part 1

Disability and the world of the disability community is often forgotten when it comes to individual’s identities and how we see one another. I realized as a disability studies major how hard it can be to define “disability” and “ableism” and wanted to hear from other huskies what they think of when they hear those…

April 2, 2021

Grace’s Experience with Self-Harm & Recovery

Trigger Warning: Self-Harming and Recovery I was thirteen when I hurt myself for the first time. I had heard of people hurting themselves and at the time everyone automatically assumed it was for attention, which I probably believed that narrative to some extent. I was scared at the thought of cutting myself which is the…

March 5, 2021

Therapy Series Part 3: Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy I have never done equine therapy in the same way I have provided such services. I got involved with a non-profit called Animals as Natural Therapy where we provide services specifically to vulnerable populations, veterans, and senior citizens. I started as a mentor in the summer of 2019 and have continued to volunteer…

February 26, 2021

Therapy Series Part 2: Group Therapy

Group Therapy I was very skeptical about group therapy as I was an avid one-on-one therapy type person for over a decade. I got into group therapy while attending the UW and have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be to share personal events that happened to me with a bunch of strangers….

February 19, 2021

Therapy Series Part 1: One-on-One

Therapy has been one of the many topics that has only become more accepted in our society within the last decade. Similar to mental health issues (including disabilities), seeking any help, speaking up, and just bringing it up in everyday conversation was not a common practice. I started going to therapy in 2006 after I…

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