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  • Outrageous pre-existing conditions (Originally posted a month ago at three rivers fog; in the meantime, news also came out that things like acne were considered pre-existing conditions as well: consider any and all further outrage well and fully included in the subject of this post.) You’ve undoubtedly heard the news already. A history of domestic violence or C-section are ...
  • Stop and think: invisible access for invisible disabilities This is my first personal post about being sick. A “coming-out”, to some of my online friends. And a whole lot of elaboration, for those who know I’m sick, but don’t know the details. It’s taken me ages to write, and I haven’t ...
  • Transparency and Feedback It is important to all of the contributors here at FWD that readers and commenters be able to provide feedback on the site . It’s also important to us that you can see the processes we use and know how we respond to that feedback and address it on the site. So even though we’re ...
  • Where I jump in and defend pills… Moderatrix note: This post is the love child of my coming to terms with a need and actual want of pills. When discussions arise of disability, especially, it seems, of invisible disabilities, someone will almost always jump in and start harping about Big Pharma and how they have certainly invented our illness or disorder just to ...
  • Telegram to TABs, on Spoon Theory Message to TABs (Temporarily ABled folk): Spoon Theory? It’s not yours. It doesn’t describe the sleepy feeling you get at the end of a long day, nor the feeling you get when your kid wakes up for the third time in a night, nor the feeling you get because you went for a bike ride ...
  • Lucky for us, there’s money to be thrown One of the many, many things that bothers me about disability & accessibility is how many of the problems can be solved by throwing money at them.
  • How Do We Understand This Experience? This the story of the first time I really understood the degree to which intersectionality was key to understanding and addressing mental health issues. When I was first diagnosed and the subsequent years when we all tried to figure out what was really wrong with me and what medications would allow me to function without too ...
  • Disability 101: Defining Disability Hello, everyone! I am Annaham of HamBlog, and since I’ve written a Disability 101 series of posts, I thought it would be a good idea to cross-post some of the series here.  My inspiration was piqued by the Finally Feminism 101 blog, which is brilliantly maintained by tigtog of Hoyden About Town. I hope that ...
  • It’s Your Fault: Socially Acceptable Disability and Popular Causes Read a Czech translation of this post, done by Vera! Thank you, Vera! In the furor of discussion on my post about breast cancer awareness campaigns which use exclusionary tactics, several commenters brought up some important points when we talked about why breast cancer has become such a high profile cause. Anna pointed out that breast ...