Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for November 6 Missing in Causation Talk: Actual Austistics: Today I listened in a bit to the IACC conference call on “risks and prevention.” I ended up not listening to the entire thing, partly because I’m quite busy, and partly because the conference call format just does not work very well for me in terms of processing information and ...
  • Let’s talk about the weather o me, this is “Yay! snow!” To Don, this is “Well, I guess I’m not going out anymore until spring.” We live in a really shite neighbourhood for snow-clearing. Although our landlord is excellent about keeping the snow and ice off the area in front of our building, there are two places on either side of ...
  • The Labor of… Moderatrix Note: “The Labor of…” is a somewhat intermittent series to re-explore things in daily life taken for granted before living with chronic pain and/or disability.  This is a space to share experiences. Dressing. I was never, and am not now a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination or definition of the word.  I have had ...
  • Fort Hood Shootings As you may have heard, this afternoon at Fort Hood in Texas, a shooter killed 12 and wounded 31 people. The shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was killed during the incident. While this is not a breaking news blog, my initial reaction was fear that the shooter had or could be construed to have had ...
  • Hipster Ableism Note: This post contains spoilers for current episodes of Glee, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. There’s a particular brand of humour which seems to be extremely popular in the United States right now. It may, of course, be popular in other regions of the world as well, but since ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 5, 2009 Recommended Reading for November 5, 2009
  • Mental Health Coverage Makes Economic Sense There are a lot of reasons to support health care reform and the inclusion of mental health treatment in that reform. I personally support it because I think health care (including mental health care) should be a basic human right of every human being and believe our government has a moral and humanitarian obligation to ...
  • And if this keeps up, there won’t be any Crip Drag is when a character has a disability, but the actor playing that character doesn’t have whatever disability they are portraying. Recent examples that come to mind are Kevin McHale, who plays Artie on Glee, any wheelchair-using villain you see in Doctor Who, and whoever got the role of Eleanor Perry in the ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Scab Welcome to Ableist Word Profile, a (probably intermittent) series in which staffers will profile various ableist words, talk about how they are used, and talk about how to stop using them. Ableism is not feminism, so it’s important to talk about how to eradicate ableist language from our vocabularies. This post is marked 101, which ...
  • Guest Post: To Whom It May Concern My life is not a fucking tragedy.