Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for August 3, 2010 Peek at the Past: Racing Wheelchair (via Katja at BrokenClay) At the beginning and for many years racing wheelchairs were nothing more than a street wheelchair modified by athletes who spent as much time with a welding torch and wrench in their hands as they did with their hands on the push-rims. They were forever working on ...
  • CDC Study Reveals Poverty as Major Contributing Factor for HIV Infection The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States recently released a study showing that in heterosexual communities, people living in poverty are five times more likely than the general population to be infected with HIV. For impoverished communities, where people are living above the poverty line, but not living well, people ...
  • Portrayals we love: Melody in Girls With Slingshots In short: I really love Melody, and I’m so glad that Corsetto has kept her in the strip. While not everything about GWS is perfect, I’m just happy to see a popular comic strip with a recurring character with a disability. I can’t wait to see where Melody’s story goes.
  • Signal Boost: Work Capability Assessment Independent Review I strongly invite you to contribute to the call for evidence by submitting any information you may have that is relevant to how the WCA is operating. This includes evaluating how the WCA assesses limited capability for work and limited capability for work-related activity. There are a number of questions throughout the document and I ...
  • Catch-22 Policies: Medi-Cal and Transplants I ran across a situation recently that required me to figure out how the Medi-Cal program – California’s implementation of the Medicaid program, which provides government-funded health insurance to low-income people – handles people who have received transplants. What was happening was so illogical and ill-conceived that I was astounded to find out that it ...
  • Recommended Reading for 02 August 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 ...
  • Guest Post From Jesse the K: 20 Years and a Day for the Americans with Disabilities Act Jesse the K hopes you can take a disabled feminist to tea this month. I’d hoped to have a delicious thinky post about the difference 20 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act has made for the world, the nation, the state, and me. Meditating on those topics proved so depressing I didn’t even leave the ...
  • Recommended Reading for 30 July 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 ...
  • Book Review: Wicked by Gregory Maguire This post is about the book version of Wicked, not the musical (they’re quite dissimilar). There’s one minor spoiler for the musical, and I’ve tried to minimise the spoilers about the book, though this is a book review so watch out! Wicked is concerned with the story of the Wicked Witch ...
  • Question Time: Creativity Question Time is a series in which we open the floor up to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. Do you do any creative things (artwork, web design, creative writing, photography, playing a musical instrument or instruments, crafts, knitting) for fun? If so, what are they, and what do you ...