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  • Disability Activist Annie McDonald has died I have only just learned, via Vass, that Australian Disability Activist Annie McDonald died late last month at age 49. Annie has gone but her legacy and fighting spirit live on Annie was the tiny girl with severe cerebral palsy, institutionalised since three, whose intellect was assumed to be as dysfunctional as her body until, with Rosemary’s ...
  • Accessibility is Not An Individual Problem We don’t act like putting a door in the front of our building is a favour we are doing. We assume that doors are necessary. And yet, people treat having a ramp to that door as a favour they are doing, when the ramp serves the same purpose: it allows people to come ...
  • Recommended Reading for 05 November 2010 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 and links are provided as topics of ...
  • How Can Teachers & Professors Help Students With Disabilities? I believe that a lot of professors and teachers, just like a lot of the staff that works with students with disabilities, really want what’s best for their students, and want them to be able to do well in school. I know that a lot of times there’s only so much they can do, ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, November 3 I’m sorry this is at an odd time today. I forgot it was Wednesday. (I forgot yesterday was Tuesday, so this makes total sense.) Monday was Autistics Speaking Day: Corina Becker at No Stereotypes Here: Preparing to be Loud When I proposed Autistics Speaking Day, I merely thought that it’ll be myself plus a couple of others ...
  • The 2010 Don’t DIS My ABILITY Campaign Has Kicked Off! People. People. I cannot even tell you how excited I am. In November-December in New South Wales, the awesome-est state in Australia, we have a little something called the Don’t DIS My ABILITY campaign. There are loads of events run around the state leading up to ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 2, 2010 Siddharta Mukherjee for the New York Times Magazine: The Cancer Sleeper Cell In fact, this view of cancer — as tenaciously persistent and able to regenerate after apparently disappearing — has come to occupy the very center of cancer biology. Intriguingly, for some cancers, this regenerative power appears to be driven by a specific cell type ...
  • Guest Post from Jesse the K: Voting Opportunities and Mechanics I asked if that meant my rights as a voter were also frustrating her? How would she feel if I said that permitting her to vote was too difficult? The penny dropped, and she began to apologize for “not presenting in the most effective manner.” At this point her supervisor’s ears pricked up. “Who was ...
  • Quoted: Susan Wendell Feminist organizations have become more aware of the need to make their activities accessible to women who use wheelchairs, women who need written material in alternative formats, and women who need Sign Language translation, but much feminist practice still assumes a consistently energetic, high-functioning body and mind, and certainly not a body and mind that ...
  • Recommended Reading for 1 November, 2010 Welcome to November. Gentle reader, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites tend to not be safe and we here at FWD/Forward don’t necessarily endorse all the opinions in these pieces. Let’s jump right in, shall we? Queen Emily at Questioning Transphobia: attacking the already vulnerable: In the UK, people with disabilities have been ...