December 2010

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The Largest Minority Round Table Discussion: Glee and Disability in Pop Culture

That’s right. And we’re tired of preaching to the converted. I mean, we’re all sitting here, all of us here are sitting in the room talking about these things that we talk to each other about all day every day. It would have been nice to have someone like Ryan Murphy sharing practices that those people, like the Breaking Bad people, sharing their best practices with those who could learn something. But, it didn’t happen.

For Your Tool-Box: How to get YouTube Captions to make a Transcript

My friend Capriuni passed along to me this awesome YouTube video of “Your Brains” (original song by Jonathon Coulton). In and of itself, that’s not really note worthy – Capriuni is my source for many cool things in YouTube’s Deaf communities. The video itself is subtitled for the ASL-impaired. That’s where things got interesting, because [...]

FWD Retrospective Week: FWD Elsewhere Edition

Welcome to FWD retrospective week! We’ve taking a look back at some of our favourite posts on a variety of themes over the next week. Anna: Bitch: I Promise You Haven’t Heard This One Before (or, the one where Anna completely loses it and goes hard-core bitter, oh my gosh) Once, not all that long [...]

FWD Retrospective Week: Guest Posts Edition

Welcome to FWD retrospective week! We’ve taking a look back at some of our favourite posts on a variety of themes over the next week. Kaz: Disability and Asexuality Talking about the intersection of asexuality and disability is pretty difficult, because “asexuality” gets another meaning in disability rights discourse: it’s used to refer to the various [...]

FWD Retrospective Week: Policy Edition

Welcome to FWD retrospective week! We’ve taking a look back at some of our favourite posts on a variety of themes over the next week. s.e. smith: Florida Court Ruling: Community-based Services, Not Institutionalisation Forced institutionalisation is not the only denial of rights and autonomy to people with disabilities that people think of as a [...]

Inspiring Music

The song “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant is one of my favorite songs. I regard it as a disability anthem. Here is the music video of the song in which the singer and many women and girls sing along to the music. The women and girls are a variety of ages, body types, and races. At least one of the people in the video has Down Syndrome. I love everything about this song. It is joyful, it centers the narrative on the disabled girl/woman’s experience, and it pokes back at the abled people–doctors and journalists– who are so fascinated by her.

FWD Retrospective Week: Accessibility Edition

Welcome to FWD retrospective week! We’ve taking a look back at some of our favourite posts on a variety of themes over the next week. s.e. smith: Accessibility Policies Done Right: The Legion of Honor in San Francisco I think that this policy really speaks to the amount of activism which the disability community has [...]

Signal Boost: Disabled Peoples’ International 8th World Assembly South Africa 10-13 October 2011

Via Email: Attend DPI World Assembly and visit South Africa. Share the experiences of People with Disabilities from around the World and living in Africa. An opportunity not to be missed. For more information, check out their website.

Disability Rights Activist Max Starkloff has died

Among other achievements, the Starkloffs and Paraquad introduced curb cuts and handicapped parking spaces to St. Louis, made St. Louis the first city in the country to have wheelchair lifts on public buses and fought to make more buildings accessible to disabled people. Starkloff co-founded the National Council on Independent Living and lobbied for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

FWD Retrospective Week: Pop Culture Edition

Welcome to FWD retrospective week! We’ve taking a look back at some of our favourite posts on a variety of themes over the next week. s.e. smith: Hipster Ableism Hipster -ism is a type of humour which people use because they mistakenly identify it as edgy and transgressive. The idea is that it’s funny because [...]

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