News and Features

  • A Black non-binary hiker looks through binoculars in a forest.

    January 27, 2023

    What Affect’s been up to

    2022 was the first year Affect operated without grants or sponsorships. Instead, we ran on a barebones $4,687 budget, funded solely by individual and org donations...

  • A bearded Black man with glasses gazes at the camera neutrally, wearing a peach shirt, septum piercing, small ear gauges, and navy bandana.

    December 30, 2022

    Disabled And Here: Interview with Andre

    “At this point, I have gathered a decent amount of documentaries in American Sign Language. I soon plan to release references for ASL documentaries through a series of Video Podcasts in American Sign Language. I plan to keep developing more ASL programming until all media is equally accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing [HoH] community.”

  • Pastel purple graphic reading Community Care Awards, surrounded by sparkles

    January 30, 2022

    Community Care Awards 2021 wrap-up

    When we asked for nominations last month, your response helped us give $500 awards to 6 Black and Indigenous community organizers and carers. Our first-ever Community Care awardees include LaQuida Landford, Leila Haile, Natasha Marin, and Simona Bearcub.

  • A Pakistani woman with a hijab smiles at the camera.

    December 23, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Haadia

    “Having deafness and diabetes makes me feel unique and more vital than ever; I make sure I keep myself positive and healthy. With this mindset, it changed my art from hidden politics into beauty. I see beauty in everything, and I share that with my art.”

  • A Black and Indigenous person wearing glasses and red lipstick takes a selfie with his phone.

    December 16, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Dice

    “The most important thing I want people to understand about disability and accessibility is the fact that we only want to live an easier life just like everyone else. It’s not crazy to believe everyone wants a simple and enjoyable life free from frustration.”

  • A Black person with black lipstick and pointed modified teeth looks at the camera while holding a bouquet.

    April 16, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Jonathan

    “ and writing became a way for me to process the things I couldn’t or didn’t know how to talk about, and now I use it to imagine what futures without oppression might feel like. If ableism, racism and transphobia didn’t exist—how might we get there together?”

  • A Black woman with long braided ombre pink hair smiles at the camera.

    April 9, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Aisha

    “I live a lot inside my head - sometimes too much - so I feel like a lot of emotion bleeds into my work, though I can’t really say a lot of my work is introspective. I create art to escape. It’s only really recently that I feel like I’ve put more of myself in my work.”

  • Illustrated avatar of a Black person with short hair, glasses, and a green sweater.

    April 2, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Sherm

    “Public transportation that goes all over! Free fare! Transit centers with amenities like food vendors, bathrooms, and lots of seating. Super wide sidewalks and streets made for pedestrians. Absolutely everything: color coded. Androids are also a necessity.”

  • An East Asian person smiles while framing their chin with their hands and closing their eyes.

    March 26, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Dana

    “Of course, as much as my art is a place to process trauma and subvert marginalization, it’s also a place to avoid all of that and just draw meaningless shit to make me happy. Sometimes it’s not about making a statement — sometimes it’s just about coping.”

  • A Filipino person wearing glasses and a bandana smiles at the camera.

    March 19, 2021

    Disabled And Here Illustrator Feature: Campbell

    “I want to work on a project that I needed when I was younger. Whether it’s comic work or illustration series or something completely different...I want to work in diverse stories and put my true self in them to reach out to those who have always felt like they didn’t quite fit in.”

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