Chronological Archives

  • John Stossel Wants YOU! To Be Afraid of the ADA Not being from the US, I had this idea in my head that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must be awesome. I mean, come on! It’s been 20 years now! Ramps to every building, disability friendly policies, accessible washrooms in every hotel lobby! I get all starry-eyed just thinking about ...
  • California Judge Says State of California is Still Providing Inadequate Health Services to Inmates Currently, health care in California’s prison system is under court supervision, in the aftermath of a lawsuit pointing out that conditions were so poor in California’s prisons that an average of one inmate per week was dying due to inadequate health care. Huge numbers of people in California’s prisons are disabled; just for example, people ...
  • “We’re not his kids, we’re adults, and we’re our own people”: The Trouble with the Jerry Lewis Telethon On the surface this probably looks like a good thing, but digging a bit deeper: For many people, this is one of the few times they’ll see images of people with disabilities on their t.v. screen (and from a noted authority and beloved celebrity), and the entire thing is one drawn out pity parade.
  • Recommended Reading for 06 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 ...
  • Signal Boost: The Attitude Test discusses Screen Readers TODAY The simple question, though with, I feel some complicated answers is: are we witnessing the demise of the stand-alone screenreader such as JAWS and Window-Eyes? With Apple now putting a screenreader in many of their products as a standard part of their system, is this the way things will go.
  • Weekly Events Roundup As always, these events are not endorsed by us in any way, and unfortunately I can’t tell you any more about them than what is at the applicable links. Also, things are a little wonky on my end because of Hurricane Earl, but both Don and I are fine, having made it back to our apartment ...
  • Pondering Illicit Usage of Accessible Spaces… I was driving back from dropping Kid off at school today, and I noticed that a delivery truck at the public library was using the accessible parking and accessible ramp as parking and loading dock space… We have been having some conversations about accessible parking spaces and the policing of those spaces, and the blocking of ...
  • Selective Mutism “To choke”, used as a metaphor in performance, means to freeze up, to fail to perform, to be overcome with stage fright or other emotions and simply stop moving. To become “choked up” with emotion, a phrase familiar to many of us, means to feel emotion so strongly that it is difficult to speak. ...
  • Human Rights Watch Reports Atrocities Against Disabled Women and Children in Uganda Content note: This post includes discussions of sexual and physical violence committed against women and children with disabilities. Last week, Human Rights Watch issued a report, ‘As if We Weren’t Human,’ on the violence, isolation, and discrimination experienced by women and children with disabilities in Uganda. Northern Uganda is emerging from decades of conflict, and as ...
  • Recommended Reading for 3 September, 2010: Transportation Edition This edition was Anna’s idea! 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? United States Department of Transportation: AirTran Fined for Violating Rules Protecting Air Travelers with Disabilities. Of the ...