Recommended Reading for February 1st

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Modus Dopens: De-centering non-disability: part 2

So for a long time I didn’t express anger. I didn’t feel like I was allowed to even be angry. I apologised incessantly to people. I wrote about that here. Short version: it was detrimental to me.

When a CNDP objects to my anger, they are failing to see all the structural stuff that affects me every day. They are also failing to see that it’s not something I can ignore or tune out, because I can’t ignore needing to pee, or needing to get to class.

NTs are Weird : New Diagnostic Criteria

Apparently, to be “fully” autistic, one must meet the new diagnostic criteria – one must be unsuccessful and unhappy.

Gianna Lauren: Halifax Media Co-op: Audio Vision: Campus and community stations transform to accommodate people with disabilities

Staff support was crucial in enabling Noble to establish CHSR as a functional space for the Blind. “When I started at CHSR the staff and volunteers were very excited to work on making the station accessible,” he says. “The first job was to put Braille labels on all of the equipment in the master control room as well as the production studio.”

Making a space accessible for disabled persons also involves educating the able-bodied people who share the space. For instance, there are programmers who peel away at the Braille labels – an anxious habit while hosting on air – and eventually remove the labels unknowingly.

Michael Uniacke at The Age: Memo cinema chains: the deaf enjoy movies too

In the 17 years since the enactment of the Disability Discrimination Act, the grand result of 50 complaints and fruitless negotiations with cinema chains is that 12 cinemas in the entire country show three screenings a week of captioned films. The cinemas decide what films will be captioned, and show them all at off-peak times. For example, who goes to the movies on Wednesday mornings?

Four of the cinema chains – Hoyts, Village Roadshow, Greater Union and Readings – have now applied to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) for an exemption from complaints made under the Act for a period of two-and-a-half years, after originally asking for five years.

Melbourne Leader: HAVE YOUR SAY: Disabled pleas ignored in Swanston St revamp plan

Melbourne Council has ignored pleas to allow wheelchair accessible taxis into Swanston St after a $25.6 million strip revamp.

NJToday.net: Theater Continues Sensory Friendly Films® Program

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, AMC movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie.

Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing […]

The Times of India: Surging crowds prove to be a handicap for disabled runners

This quartet had come to Kasturchand Park to show the world that their disabilities were no match for their hardy spirit. Unfortunately, the otherwise encouraging crowd proved to be uncharacteristically unsympathetic towards them. As a result, the four wheelchair-bound men – Sumit Kumbhare, Mohammed Afzal, Mohammed Shahid and Gyasuddin Ansari – were blocked off by this literally unmoving crowd, and they failed to register their participation in the Nagpur Marathon on Sunday morning.

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2 Comments

  1. The sensory-friendly movie thing is AWESOME. One of the most challenging experiences for my family when I was growing up was when we would try to go to the movies; invariably, at least until he was about seven or eight, my Aspie little brother would become upset by how loud the movie was and have to be taken outside. I am beyond thrilled to see theaters making accommodations for that.

  2. Re: movies failing to provide captioned movies
    Not to mention that the movie theatres are damaging people’s hearing with how loud the default setting is.