Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for 17 September, 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? From BBC’s Ouch, by Charlie Swinbourne, Deaf country life v deaf city life: I’m soon to become ...
  • Recommended Reading For 16 September 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 ...
  • Today In Journalism: Autistic Adults Need Not Comment I was browsing the New York Times Magazine online this morning when I saw a story in the sidebar, ‘When Autistic Children Become Adults,’ from the Motherlode blog. Hmmm, I thought. This might be interesting. The article opens with a discussion of the rise in autism diagnoses over the last half of the 20th century, ...
  • Musings: Is Existing as a PWD a form of Free Speech? These are some things I’ve been thinking about, but haven’t yet figured out where this train of thought is leading, or what it might connect to, or what conclusions I might end up with. I’m writing this to see if virtually talking it out can help me think through it further, or hoping it will ...
  • Guest Post From Jesse the K: Making Space for Wheelchairs and Scooters There are many elements to making your event wheelchair-accessible. While U.S. law requires minimal wheelchair access, never rely on a venue’s general assertion of “oh yes, we’re accessible.” Those little wheelchair stickers? Anyone can buy them and post them at will, even at the bottom of a flight of steps.
  • Dear Imprudence: One of These Things is Not Like the Others On last week’s Dear Amy, a reader wrote in for some relationship advice. The reader’s girlfriend is becoming more distant, and the reader wants to know what to do: Dear Amy: I have been in a relationship with a woman for two years. I love her. She says she loves me. She says she wants to ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Today’s Recommended Reading focuses on how to make event-sites more accessible to people with disabilities, and experiences people with disabilities have had with accessibility at events and in their communities.
  • Recommended Reading for September 14, 2010 Astrid van Woerkom at Astrid’s Journal: “Exercise For Mental Health!” Bakker forgets the barriers to exercise that some people encounter. Due to the construction going on, I cannot take walks on grounds unaccompanied anymore. I cannot navigate the busy gym during fitness class. If I want to bike, I need to go on a tandem. ...
  • Better microphone use at conventions: a report At My Local Convention, the Access team made a big push toward improving microphone usage this year. This is separate from things we normally do such as marking off chairs for lip readers. Below are revised documents that I wrote to the concom, arguing for an investment in this cause.
  • Weekly Events Roundup My weekly events this week are in the UK & the US. Again, we don’t endorse these events, and they are things I come across in my travels round the internet, so these are not the only events going on my any means! UK – US – Calls for Papers UK: SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT Tuesday September 14th 5pm – ...