Chronological Archives

  • The 2010 Don’t DIS My ABILITY Campaign Has Kicked Off! People. People. I cannot even tell you how excited I am. In November-December in New South Wales, the awesome-est state in Australia, we have a little something called the Don’t DIS My ABILITY campaign. There are loads of events run around the state leading up to ...
  • Why Can’t I Just Prescribe for Myself? I recently changed my health insurance provider, which means I changed doctors and medical systems, which means I have to re-set up all of my care. (That must sound so funny to people with nationalized health care systems!) This mainly means I have to get new prescriptions. I was able to get a three month ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 2, 2010 Siddharta Mukherjee for the New York Times Magazine: The Cancer Sleeper Cell In fact, this view of cancer — as tenaciously persistent and able to regenerate after apparently disappearing — has come to occupy the very center of cancer biology. Intriguingly, for some cancers, this regenerative power appears to be driven by a specific cell type ...
  • Open Thread: Election Day in the USA! Here in the US, the long-awaited midterm elections have arrived at last. As I think readers know, I take voting pretty seriously and adore voting, even though there are some pretty stark problems with the political process in the United States. This open thread is for people to talk about their voting experiences (you don’t have ...
  • Guest Post from Jesse the K: Voting Opportunities and Mechanics I asked if that meant my rights as a voter were also frustrating her? How would she feel if I said that permitting her to vote was too difficult? The penny dropped, and she began to apologize for “not presenting in the most effective manner.” At this point her supervisor’s ears pricked up. “Who was ...
  • Quoted: Susan Wendell Feminist organizations have become more aware of the need to make their activities accessible to women who use wheelchairs, women who need written material in alternative formats, and women who need Sign Language translation, but much feminist practice still assumes a consistently energetic, high-functioning body and mind, and certainly not a body and mind that ...
  • Recommended Reading for 1 November, 2010 Welcome to November. 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? Queen Emily at Questioning Transphobia: attacking the already vulnerable: In the UK, people with disabilities have been ...
  • Dear Imprudence: Food Allergies and Inconsiderate Hosts A recent Ask Amy column featured a letter from a reader with a problem I suspect at least some FWD readers (and contributors) can sympathise with: Handling food allergies when you’re invited to a friend’s for dinner. Dear Amy: My neighbor recently hosted a very nice dinner party with food and entertainment. I attended and had ...
  • Fiction Book List! So, share your thoughts! What books would you recommend? Do you see any books on this list that you want to gush about, or point out as a problem? Anything you’d love to discuss with other readers? Feel free to link reviews of the books (your own or someone else’s), especially if ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 29 2010 Hello! And welcome to Recommended Reading! Let’s start with the “stupid and outrageous shit” portion: Chicago Tribune – Parents told to leave disabled kids at shelters Indiana’s budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can’t be cared for at home, parents and advocates said. ...