Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for 07 October 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 interest ...
  • Signal Boost: The First Assistance Dog Blog Carnival! Sharon at After Gadget has just announced that she’s going to go ahead with the Assistance Dog Carnival! What Will the Assistance Dog Carnival Be About? Topics will vary with each edition. The host for each edition will announce their theme at least a couple of weeks ahead of time (maybe more, if possible, to ...
  • Teeny Little Super-Meta: The things I can’t write about And they say that the truth will set you free/but then/so will a lie — Ani DiFranco, “Promised Land” (2003) Yesterday, I wrote some things down, intending to use them for a post. The half-post or so that I wrote was inspired by, in large part, bullying-related suicides recently making the national news. It was difficult to ...
  • Signal Boost: Request for Article Suggestions in the Canadian Blind Monitor The theme for the next issue of the Canadian Blind Monitor will be Passionate Pursuits. We want to hear about the things that AEBC members and other vision impaired Canadians are passionate about and the things in which they are involved. Maybe it’s related to community, family, politics, health, education, a vision issue, recreation, work, ...
  • Using iPhone Apps to Highlight Accessibility Issues Via a story on Treehugger, I learned about an iPhone application called ‘Fill That Hole,’ designed to allow members of the general public to draw the attention of public officials to potholes in their communities. Snap a picture, file a ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 6, 2010 RMJ at Deeply Problematic: A feminist reading of Achewood, part one: disability and Roast Beef (trigger warning for discussion of ableist jokes) Roast Beef’s depression is a major theme of his character and the strip. At the outset of his appearance in the Achewood universe, he expresses the wish to commit suicide repeatedly, though he has ...
  • Record of the Dead This list of September media reports about people with disabilities murdered or dying under strange circumstances is presented without commentary, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing people may want to discuss about it in comments. I do not believe for a moment that this list is complete. It is sorted alphabetically by ...
  • Recommended Reading for Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Another fast & furious recommended reading today, folks! Yay for busy schedules all around, right? I am glad I try to keep up with the news, though, because I learned that legislation passed in the US that will enforce captioning and descriptive audio! I don’t actually have a t.v., but the last ...
  • Today in Journalism: Overcoming Adversity! Inspiration! Disability Tropes! It Must Be Tuesday The Daily Gazette out of Colchester wants to apprise us of some ‘inspiring’ stories. No really. ‘Entrepreneurs’ inspiring tales are recognised.’ Says so right in the headline, so that’s one bingo square gone. Two people are profiled in this article, which includes ‘overcoming adversity’ in the first line (bingo square number two gone), and it’s ...
  • Review: Stand Up for Mental Health While some of the jokes and routines are funnier than others (my sense of humour is a lot dryer than this sort of thing does), the whole point of them is to talk about being Actually Crazy, to humanize what Actually Crazy looks like, sounds like, and behaves like. And it is, remarkably, not ...