Chronological Archives

  • Guest Ableist Word Profile: Crutch There are underlying messages within this attitude that one should rely upon the self and not be using outside help or tools to deal with problems. All of this is ableist, and falls in line with similar prejudices against medications. If you cannot support yourself, well then, there must be something morally wrong ...
  • Appealing the Indecision Moderatix note: This post will be United States Military centric, as that is the perspective I offer, and the broken system within which I currently exist and attempt to navigate.  Other voices are welcome and experiences appreciated within the context of the conversation, since I can not pretend to know every thing about every military ...
  • Meet a Contributor: Anna! So everyone can get to know our contributors a bit better, we’ve decided to run a series called “Meet a Contributor”. Each Contributor will be interviewed by the others in turn. Hi! I’m Anna. I had to edit this post because someone outted me at work. Chally: You’re from Canada but you’ve spent ...
  • The Retrospectoscope: Pinel, On Insanity I’m hoping The Retrospectoscope will be a series, if readers are interested. Here I hope to pull little bits out of a whole lot of historical medical and health texts. Feel free to discuss as you like. The bias will be toward Western books from the 17th to 19th century, as that’s what’s in my collection. ...
  • In which homework is assigned This post was originally published at Zero at the Bone in August 2009. In it I ask the abled folk among us to think beyond the (very important!) need for systemic inclusion of disabled people, to what they can do as individuals. I’m going to talk about accessibility. I want you to have a think. Then ...
  • A Patient’s Guide to Lithium I’ve been thinking lately about the blurred and perhaps ultimately nonexistent line between physical and mental disabilities. And how difficult it can be from the outside to understand why a certain accommodation is needed or a person could require physical accommodations for mental disabilities. And how sometimes the things that help me manage my disability ...
  • Made You Look! Magazine from Don’t DIS my ABILITY The New South Wales “Don’t DIS my ABILITY” campaign has just released the latest edition of Made You Look magazine, and it’s a great read. As far as I can tell, it’s only available in PDF, or in hardcopy if you’re in NSW. Here are the PDF downloads. Made You Look magazine – Part 1 (PDF, ...
  • 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. About the only content-related rule is to keep this thread for things not covered in other threads over the past few weeks. What have you been ...
  • It’s not progress if we’re going backwards These two things crossed my inbox on the same day. Latest Data Follows Historic Trends Despite years of bargaining with producers to include the hiring of performers with a disability in Casting Data Reports, this protected category continues to be left out. Fifty-six million Americans — 20% of the U.S. population — have a disability. Despite being ...
  • Guest Post: Disability and Asexuality The stereotypes in question actually consist of a wide variety of things tossed together, some of which are in line with asexuality but many of which seem to have little to do with asexuality or in fact to be entirely opposed to it (I am interested to see how the stereotype of the disabled woman ...