Chronological Archives

  • Poetry! Joshua Bennett Performing ‘Tamara’s Opus’ From the White House Poetry Jam! Transcription and description by Anna. Joshua Bennett is a young Black man. While is poem his entirely in spoken English, he Signs some of the lines, and I have highlighted those lines with asterisks on either side. Tamara has never listened to hip hop. Never danced to the rhythm of raindrops or ...
  • Astonishingly, A Mental Illness Plot on House That Doesn’t Make Me Want to Scream! Content note: This post contains critical plot elements from ‘Massage Therapy,’ the fourth episode of season seven of House. Watching the House episode ‘Massage Therapy’ and approaching the grand denouement, I got ready to be infuriated. The storyline involves a character, Margaret, with schizophrenia. She conceals it from her husband and when she gets sick, the medical ...
  • Disability Activist Annie McDonald has died I have only just learned, via Vass, that Australian Disability Activist Annie McDonald died late last month at age 49. Annie has gone but her legacy and fighting spirit live on Annie was the tiny girl with severe cerebral palsy, institutionalised since three, whose intellect was assumed to be as dysfunctional as her body until, with Rosemary’s ...
  • Accessibility is Not An Individual Problem We don’t act like putting a door in the front of our building is a favour we are doing. We assume that doors are necessary. And yet, people treat having a ramp to that door as a favour they are doing, when the ramp serves the same purpose: it allows people to come ...
  • Recommended Reading for 05 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 ...
  • Signal Boost: Call for Papers: Intersections Journal Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review Across Disciplines is an interdisciplinary graduate student publication welcoming work from current graduate students.  We are committed to the interdisciplinary research of women’s and gender issues and are affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at UT Austin.  The journal encourages scholars in every field to ...
  • How Can Teachers & Professors Help Students With Disabilities? I believe that a lot of professors and teachers, just like a lot of the staff that works with students with disabilities, really want what’s best for their students, and want them to be able to do well in school. I know that a lot of times there’s only so much they can do, ...
  • Signal Boost: The First Blog Carnival of Mental Health! This month, I will be hosting the first Blog Carnival of Mental Health. The theme for this month’s carnival will be diagnosis. Interpret it broadly. When were you diagnosed with a mental illness? What is your diagnosis? What do you want to change about your diagnosis, if anything? If you are a mental health professional, how ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, November 3 I’m sorry this is at an odd time today. I forgot it was Wednesday. (I forgot yesterday was Tuesday, so this makes total sense.) Monday was Autistics Speaking Day: Corina Becker at No Stereotypes Here: Preparing to be Loud When I proposed Autistics Speaking Day, I merely thought that it’ll be myself plus a couple of others ...
  • What Guides To Interacting With Police Leave Out Many organisations concerned about violations of civil rights and police brutality put out guides for civilians, providing a framework for interacting with law enforcement. These guides are usually designed to help people safeguard their civil rights and avoid police brutality while smoothing interactions with law enforcement as much as possible. The idea is that, well, ...