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An interview with Dr. González Fernández, MD, PhD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The following is a transcription of an interview between Lisa Young of Equal Access in Science and Medicine and Dr. Marlís González Fernández of Johns Hopkins Medicine LY: You joined the [Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation] Department as a faculty member in 2004 and have been here for 18 years. Why did you choose Johns Hopkins…

For Student Founders with Disabilities, Entrepreneurship is Personal

This article was originally published on Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures website at The following was written by Erica Avery, FastForward U’s communications intern. July is Disability Pride Month. While many devices designed by biomedical engineers have passed through FastForward U’s doors to treat illnesses and physical disabilities, some founders are approaching supporting disability from…

Ways to get involved during Disability Pride Month at Johns Hopkins

Show your solidarity with Disability Pride buttons found across campus and Daily Grind will be give a 10% discount on coffee at the MRB/Ross and Armstong locations. Taharka Bros is also giving a 10% discount at all 3 Baltimore locations. Participate in the #DisabilityPride2022 Twitter campaign. Register for a Fireside Chat with Emily Ladau July 19,…

Disability Pride Month is here! Get ready for a Fireside Chat with author of “Demystifying Disability”, Emily Ladau

This month is Disability Pride Month and our student-run EASM Committee here at Johns Hopkins in collaboration with Hopkins Student Disability Services will be hosting a Fireside chat with author and disability advocate Emily Ladau! Here is more information about the eventDemystifying Disability: A Fireside Chat with Emily Ladau Date: July 19 from 12:00 noon to…

Attention Hopkins Community! Please vote for EASM’s Diversity Innovation Grant for an Alumni Network Here!

Project Description : 2% of students in the School of Medicine (SOM) register with Student Disability Services, yet 25% of graduate students in the SOM who completed a recent Graduate Student Association survey identify as having a disability, mental health disorder, or chronic illness. Students with disabilities may be inherently less able to advocate for…

Using The Matrix to explain my chronic pain

“What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” -Morpheus, The Matrix In rewatching the original Matrix trilogy in preparation for the new movie, I was struck by the allegory the first movie made for…

Erica Avery wins National Disability Employment Awareness Month Achiever’s Award!

Erica Avery maintains a leadership position in Equal Access in Science and Medicine Committee, an organization dedicated to students with disabilities at the schools on theEast Baltimore campus. The group has held book clubs, documentary watch parties, social events, a celebration for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and seminar series given…

Lessons from the effects of the pandemic on disabled trainees

On behalf of the “JH Needs U” campaign we present “Lessons from the effects of the pandemic on disabled trainees” a listening session and panel event hosted by the EASM committee’s Erica Avery and Nicole Pannullo and moderated by Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, Director of Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center. This event was originally held…

Growing Pains

Medical student Maïté Van Hentenryck discusses her experiences as a disabled medical student in this JAMA opinion.

Announcing the Meyer-Beers Essay Contest Winners

The JHSPH Mental Health Grad Network and the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center announced the winners of the Meyer-Beers Essay Contest, which aimed to crowdsource innovative ideas for recruiting and retaining students with mental health conditions.

Meyer-Beers Essay Contest Winners

The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research center announced winners of the Meyer-Beers essay contest- read about the winners here!

Diversity Leadership Award Winners

Johns Hopkins professor Dr. Bonnielin Swenor and Anna Moyer received acknowledgement from the Diversity Leadership Council for their disability-related advocacy. Read the Hub article and announcement from the Diversity Leadership Council.

Harmonious Hacking

The PeabodyHacks program challenges participants to consider how to address accessibility issues in music composition, performance, and education. Read the Hub article here.

High Sights for Low Vision

Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute, discusses her experience as a researcher with myopic macular degeneration.

The Beautiful Epiphyte

Johns Hopkins University graduate student Anna Moyer writes about the challenges of navigating graduate school with an invisible illness in this Biomedical Odyssey Blog post.

Clearly a Better Mask

Alums Allysa Dittmar and Aaron Hsu are reinventing the surgical mask to make quality health care accessible. Read the Johns Hopkins magazine article here.