Chronological Archives

  • A Victory for Deinstitutionalisation in Georgia There’s been a significant push towards deinstitutionalisation in the United States over the last few years, in no small part due to the Olmstead decision, a major ruling by the Supreme Court that I discussed in a bit more detail here. Short version: Unnecessary confinement of people with disabilities has been deemed a civil rights violation. ...
  • Things That Make My Life/Art Easier: Pens As s.e. wrote about in a post earlier this week, I am a cartoonist in addition to all the other crap that I do. I’ve been drawing (and writing) for most of my life, and finding the perfect pen has been something of a wild turkey-chase with mixed results. I know that an entire post ...
  • QuickPress: The First Assistance Dog Blog Carnival is Live! This actually went up a few days ago, and it is awesome. Sharon’s hosted the First Assistance Dog Blog Carnival at After Gadget. From the tremendous response of the AD blogging community, it seems as if I’m not the only one who is excited to share an AD “First” with our readers. In fact, the themes of ...
  • Guest Post: Stuck and tired: How universities are failing disabled students (like me) Diane Shipley is a freelance writer obsessed with feminism, US TV, memoirs and pizza. She writes about those things and more at her blog, the imaginatively-named Diane Shipley Blogs (http://blog.dianeshipley.com) and is almost always on Twitter (username: @dianeshipley). You’re intelligent, personable, and get good grades. It might look like higher education is a given. But it isn’t. ...
  • Recommended Reading for 28 October 2010 Readers beware! Not every link is a guaranteed trip to a safe space, and the commentary is not necessarily the opinions of myself or others here at FWD/Forward, but have been included to provide you with a variety of reading that is possibly relevant to your interests (or perhaps to mine). The comments in the ...
  • Politicians care so much they make their message nonsense I think it would be awesome instead of telling me how much they cared, they’d show it. And one way of doing that would be subtitling their ads, so everyone can know what their message is.
  • The Challenge of Mental Illness in the Justice System Part 3: Victims The Chief Justice specifically focused on the case of Byron DeBassige, reading from the Toronto Star article I linked above. She went on to state that she believes that the police wouldn’t have shot DeBassige over two lemons and a knife had they known he was ill. In light of the other cases ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, October 27 If you haven’t been following my tale of woe on my personal journal, I have a terrible ear infection and can’t hear out of either ear. But now I have antibiotics to treat the middle ear infection, so any day now I should be able to hear something. I hope. (Woe.) Today’s Recommend ...
  • Creative Work: Annaham in Print! Some of our readers may be aware that our very own Annaham is, among many other things, a talented cartoonist who explores disability in her cartoons. Writing about her experiences as an artist, Annaham says: The fact that I consider myself a “disabled feminist cartoonist” may seem, to some, to be an almost hyperbolic adoption of the ...
  • Figuring Out the Actual Goal of a Policy Last time, we talked about three main areas of a policy where things can go wrong: drafting a written policy to match the envisioned goal or mission of the policy (articulation), creating an administration or structure to carry out the policy (implementation), and making sure that people are actually following the policy (enforcement). These three ...