Chronological Archives

  • 60th Disability Blog Carnival: Intersectionality Welcome to the 60th Disability Blog Carnival! Thank you to Penny at Disability Studies, Temple U for continuing to host the Disability Blog Carnival.
  • “Bad Cripple” You know That Person. The one Everyone Knows who doesn’t have a real disability. They could work – of course they could! – they’re just in it to scam the system. This One is bad because whatever he claims about his disability, it’s obviously exaggerated because no one could be in that much pain. That ...
  • An Expansion On What the Ableist Word Profile Is and Is Not The Ableist Word Profile has a new introduction: Ableist Word Profile is an ongoing FWD/Forward series in which we explore ableism and the way it manifests in language usage. Here’s what this series is about: Examining word origins, the way in which ableism is unconsciously reinforced, the power that language has. Here’s what this series is not about: ...
  • Disability History Education Video I wanted to share this Disability History Education video by the Disabled Young People’s Collective. The DYP is based in North Carolina, USA, and is made up of people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-eight. See the DYP website for more. The video is mostly captioned, but the captions can be a bit difficult to ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 18 Recommended Reading for November 18, 2009
  • Ableist Word Profile: Wheelchair Bound I considered making this entire post “People don’t like being told they’re wheelchair bound. Stop doing it. Try ‘wheelchair user’ instead. Thank you.” Then I remembered how often that argument is rejected.
  • Dear Disney & Pixar: Closed Captioning and Audio Descriptions are not “special features” Codeman38 has been bringing people’s attention to the lack of accessibility features available in the rental version of Up: However, Disney (the film’s distributor) released a special rental-only version of the DVD to the three above-mentioned rental chains, which lacks the bonus shorts from the retail DVD, the descriptive audio track, and the captions and subtitles ...
  • Disabled Sexuality and Disempowerment Through Fetishization This is a complicated post on a complicated issue. That’s one of the reasons it’s not marked 101. I’m trying to write this without being judgmental of the fetish community (after all, I belong to the fetish community), but I am addressing devotee culture here, and I do have some pretty harsh things to say ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 17 Recommended Reading for November 17, 2009
  • Guest Post: Cerebral Palsy Humor? Not so Much. I was curious to see what would appear when I searched for “disabled” on the website. I found a lot of what I thought were amusing items, some with very suggestive slogans and pictures, but I laughed at them anyway. We’re aware that disability is a serious issue in our lives, but ...