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Embracing Advocacy: My Journey as a Disabled Activist


Hello, I'm Jensen Caraballo, a 33-year-old disabled person of color residing in Rochester, New York. Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2, depression, and anxiety disorder, I have faced numerous challenges throughout my life. However, these challenges have fueled my passion for advocacy, specifically raising awareness about disability rights and addressing the potential dangers of assisted suicide laws. In this blog post, I would like to share my personal journey and highlight the importance of inclusivity for disabled individuals.

My Activism and Advocacy:

My advocacy work revolves around sharing my personal experiences and perspectives through various platforms. I've had the opportunity to participate in interviews and videos, such as the one titled "Institutionalized as a Teen with Jensen Caraballo" by Rooted in Rights. Through these channels, I aim to challenge societal misconceptions about disabilities and advocate for inclusivity.

Online Presence and Amplifying Voices:

Online platforms have become essential in my advocacy efforts. I actively engage with others on social media, particularly Twitter, where I share my thoughts, experiences, and connect with a broader audience. These platforms allow me to amplify the voices of disabled individuals, share resources, and foster support within the community. Additionally, I have utilized platforms like GoFundMe to raise funds for personal endeavors and support disability-related initiatives.

Addressing Assisted Suicide Laws:

A significant focus of my advocacy work is raising awareness about the potential dangers of assisted suicide laws. As someone living with a disability, I understand the daily challenges and discrimination faced by disabled individuals. Rather than promoting assisted suicide as a solution, I firmly believe that society should concentrate on creating an inclusive environment that provides necessary support and resources, enabling disabled individuals to live fulfilling lives.

Championing Disability Rights:

My experiences at Monroe Community Hospital have shaped my perspective and motivated me to fight for disability rights. I emphasize the importance of respect, dignity, and equal opportunities for every individual, regardless of their abilities. Through sharing my story, I aim to break down barriers, challenge misconceptions, and inspire positive change in society.

Promoting Inclusivity and Intersectionality:

In my advocacy work, I strive to encourage conversations about disability, mental health, and the intersectionality of identities. I raise awareness about the significance of accessible spaces, adaptive technologies, and inclusive policies. By acknowledging and addressing systemic barriers, we can work together to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.


My journey as a disabled activist has taught me the power of raising awareness, advocating for change, and amplifying the voices of disabled individuals. Through my online presence and personal engagement, I continue to challenge misconceptions and promote inclusivity for all. Together, let us recognize the importance of disability rights, foster understanding, and work towards creating a society that embraces and supports individuals of all abilities.

An AI generated picture of the front entrance of Monroe Community Hospital
Monroe Community Hospital

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