Chronological Archives

  • Depictions of Disability That Make Us Happy Anna’s “Four Ways to Do It Right” post on Bitch recently discussed some positive depictions of disability, and invited people to submit some examples of their own. I thought it might be kind of nice to do the same here, because I suspect that a lot of our readers can come up with at least ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 14 Wheelie Catholic: Imagine no one has to imagine One of the other questions I’ve been asked is “What’s it like to be a quadriplegic?” usually followed by “I can’t imagine!” My answer to that is no, you probably can’t imagine, although you may try , with the misguided help of maudlin movies about disability, on the one ...
  • Inertia Asking for help is something I have never been good at. It’s rather like standing in front of a car hurdling toward you, intending to push it in the opposite direction. It requires an enormous amount of resistance. And I’m almost certain to come away with some sort of injury. Lying in bed the other night, ...
  • Question Time: Positive Experiences with Abled People Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. Tell us about a positive experience you’ve had interacting with abled people.
  • Quotation: Why We Do Disability History Obviously I have quoted this for truth because I’m an historian and I’m often questioned on why I consider the history I do to be both political and activist in nature. And, this is (in part) why.
  • Quotation: “Disability & Sentimentality” Mary Klages, Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America.
  • The frustration of incremental progress The place I work does a lot of trainings for other organizations on health care programs. A number of health care programs are available only for people with long-term disabilities, so the trainings always include a fair amount of discussion of what disability is and who is disabled. My organization is relatively progressive and puts a ...
  • Chatterday Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • Quote: Not a lack It seems difficult for nondisabled people to write about disability without reflexively imagining what disabled people are missing or how difficult their lives must be. Rod Michalko, a sociologist who is blind, writes that sighted people typically conceive of “blindness in terms of ‘lack’-lack of sight. But this conception does not really help us understand ...
  • Injury versus disability I have an injury – animal bites on my face, forearms and hands from a skirmish with a feral cat outside my office building. I’ve got quite a black eye with puncture wounds on my cheek, so my injuries are immediately visible. I’ve also got severe swelling in my left index finger so I can’t ...