Chronological Archives

  • We Are Not Your Props Last week, the Internet exploded over the case of Jody McIntyre, a wheelchair user who was pulled out of his chair during a demonstration in Britain in front of a shocked crowd. I saw the Tweets rolling out live as the incident happened, with people demanding to know why the event wasn’t being covered on ...
  • Recommended Reading for 24 December, 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? The Broken of Britain: The GP’s Story by Dr Jest So there you have it. Neither Pete nor Dud would have chosen ...
  • Guest Post: PWDs and High-Pressure Sales Techniques Hi, I’m Cydne. I’m a pansexual, biofemale whose gender identity changes from day to day. I have severe mental health problems, and Aspergers too, as well as arthritis and IBS. Joy! I’m a massive Trekkie and a video game nerd, and I usually blog at livebythem.tumblr.com. There was a day last year I remember quite clearly. ...
  • Recommended Reading for Thursday Exciting Laptop update: I dropped it off at the repair place today. I will likely not get it back till after the holiday. Picture my face of woe. Woe. Lucky I can at least borrow Don’s laptop to check email and play Farmville. Right now I’m at my library, which ...
  • Disability & Self Esteem: Advertising I don’t have a t.v. at home so I don’t actually watch a lot of advertisements, but when I do, there’s one thing I notice: Unlike the rest of my life, advertisements only include people with evident disabilities when they want to make some sort of point. I’m really bothered by this. I know, I ...
  • Blindness in Greek Myth Ages ago, I said I was going to write a series about disability in Greek myth. Of course, I had to do things like “study,” “sleep” and “move three times in six months” so that fell through. Oh, Hephaestus, I am sorry. However, I hope this post covering a fair portion of the myths featuring ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday Hi All! My laptop is broken, woe, and thus I am more scattered than even the last month might lead you to believe. (Repair will take a few days, I haven’t lost anything important, and it won’t even cost much to fix, so don’t fret!) Hand to Mouth: Lilliput touchscreen monitor review: a pleasant surprise So. ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 21, 2010 James S. Fell for the Los Angeles Times: Holistic nutrition is weak on science, strong on selling supplements You may not know the term, but you’ve surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and ...
  • Spotlighting Kirstenbosch Garden! Do you know, readers, it struck me that I have never posted about South Africa’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden? As the Garden is both stunning and disability friendly, I do not know how this is possible! I must correct it at once. Kirstenbosch is set on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town and, according ...
  • Recommended Reading for Monday, December 20 Oh, happy day. They were testing the fire alarms in my building. For two hours. Yes, they work. I have no idea how Don slept through them. Also, this is going to be a bit of a massive edition of Recommended Reading because I have open many many tabs and want to ...