Recommended Reading for March 1st
Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, your triggers/issues may vary, so please read with care.
Radical Bookworm: Ottawa Columnist Argues for Forced Sterilization
From Dr. Gifford-Jones of the Ottawa Sun: Should women who deliver FAS children be sterilized?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: No no no no NO what the fuck is wrong with people.
National Minorities with Disabilities Coalition: Black Disabled History 2010 [USAns can Register for the Black Disabled Leadership Summit here]
The National Minorities with Disabilities Coalition like many local and state minority disability organizations was born out of frustration with the persistent and pervasive disenfranchisement of minority individuals with disabilities and their families. Despite the significant gains made by some groups within the disability rights movement, in 2010, we still cannot ignore:
* Lack of cultural competence among service providers and policy makers, leading to their disrespect for beliefs other than their own
* The absence of significant numbers of minority persons with disabilities among senior professionals and policy makers […]
ewin at Blossoming Into Hysteria: A Note On Depression [Note: discusses suicide]
Having just found out that Andrew Koenig did, in fact, take his own life, and that he had been a lifelong sufferer of chronic depression, I’d like to note a few things.
The Sacramento Bee: Federal judge blocks cuts to California’s adult day care program
Disability rights advocates have scored another victory — and thwarted another budget cut — with a federal court injunction this week that blocks tightening eligibility guidelines for getting into California’s adult day care program.
An Oakland-based judge’s preliminary injunction Wednesday is “a major victory” because it recognizes that seniors and the disabled could be “irreparably harmed by losing these crucial services,” attorney Elizabeth Zirker of Disability Rights California said Thursday.
Paul Hochman at Fast Company: Bionic Legs, i-Limbs, and Other Super Human Prostheses You’ll Envy [I’m guessing this author thinks accessible parking is a super duper “perk”, and that it’s awesome having a fatiguing disability ‘cos you get to sit around all day. ~L]
Save your tears for Tiny Tim. A boom in sophisticated prostheses has created a most unlikely by-product: envy.
There are many advantages to having your leg amputated.
Pedicure costs drop 50% overnight. A pair of socks lasts twice as long. But Hugh Herr, the director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, goes a step further. “It’s actually unfair,” Herr says about amputees’ advantages over the able-bodied. “As tech advancements in prosthetics come along, amputees can exploit those improvements. They can get upgrades. A person with a natural body can’t.”
New York Times: Long-Term Care Hospitals Face Little Scrutiny [WARNING: abuse/neglect in hospitals]
Despite the rapid expansion of long-term care hospitals and the serious illnesses they treat, Medicare has never closely examined their care. Unlike traditional hospitals, Medicare does not penalize them financially if they fail to submit quality data.[…]
The 22 violations represent an estimated 2 percent of the serious violations Medicare found nationally, even though Select operates less than half a percent of the nation’s hospital beds. Put another way, on a per-bed basis, Select hospitals were cited about four times as often as the average.[…]
Therefore, long-term care hospitals are most profitable if most patients are discharged at or just after their 25th day, with a few discharged earlier. Select adheres closely to this formula, with an average length of stay at its hospitals of about 24 days, according to public filings. At some Select hospitals, the 25th day is called the “magic day,” ex-employees say.