Chronological Archives

  • What is Ableism? Five Things About Ableism You Should Know 1. Ableism has a dictionary definition; 2. Ableism can be deliberate; 3. Ableism has an academic definition; 4. Ableism can be accidental – this doesn’t make it okay; 5. Ableism kills.
  • They Call it ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Affirmative action has to be among one of the most contentious, controversial, and misunderstood social policies. I encounter all kinds of bizarre attitudes when it comes to talking about affirmative action, not least of which is people who insist on calling it ‘reverse discrimination’ in some sort of backhanded attempt at suggesting it’s just as ...
  • Recommended Reading for 19 November, 2010 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? little light at Questioning Transphobia: clamavi ad te. Please note that the post discusses suicide, abuse, and murder of trans people. ...
  • Twice in one day Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to shake a fist in the universe’s general direction? A few weeks ago, I had the fairly weird experience of two different people trying to make the fact that I use a cane a topic of conversation (?) on the same day. Usually, when ...
  • Signal Boost: Web Survey on Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Students in Special Education Via Finding My Way: Journey of an Uppity Intellecutal Activist Crip Web Survey on Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Students in Special Education My name is Mary Lou Bensy, and I am a Doctoral Student and researcher at Hofstra University, located in New York. As part of my Doctoral Dissertation, this ground-breaking research and survey is being ...
  • Recommended Reading for 18 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 interest and exploration only. I ...
  • Action Alert: United States: Congressional Hearing on ADA TODAY *** HEARING THURSDAY *** Landrieu to Chair Hearing To Examine Regulatory Burdens Facing Small Businesses WASHINGTON – United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will hold a hearing Thursday, November 18, 2010 entitled “Next Steps for Main Street: Reducing the Regulatory and Administrative Burdens on America’s Small ...
  • Bingo? I came across this on tumblr and rolled my eyes so hard they just about fell out of my head. I feel like I should get bingo just for looking at it: The text reads “Even though autism can cripple communication, Paul managed to overcome his disability and save a teens Life. Seeing a 17 year ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 17, 2010 Your friendly neighbourhood Anna is out of town at the moment. Please enjoy this recommended reading post from the future. Lindsay at Autist’s Corner: Doubly Deviant: On Being Queer and Autistic EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This is a very long, rambly autobiographical post about being bisexual and being autistic: it compares my experiences coming to terms with both ...
  • Disability Is A Feminist Issue: Gendering Health Access When I tell people I write for a feminist site focusing on a disability issues, one of the most common responses I get is confusion. ‘What does disability,’ people ask me, ‘have to do with feminism?’ I’ve written before, very topically, about why disability is a feminist issue, and I’d hope that a lot of ...