Chronological Archives

  • Damn Y’all White Wolf My fandom is White Wolf’s Exalted. I’ve complained about it before and I’ll complain about it again. I build characters because it’s fun and I often spend a lot of time working at it trying to make a person rather than a collection of attributes. Right now I’m working on a character who I actually ...
  • Quick Hit: The Relationship Between Disability and Poverty, Part 1,293,495,594 in a continuing series Did you know that being poor puts people at greater risk for disability? And that people with disabilities are more likely to be poor? And that there’s a very strong relationship between poverty and disability, the worst kind of vicious circle? Well, you probably do, especially because we talk about it a lot here, but ...
  • Recommended Reading for June 22, 2010 Ken Reibel at Huffington Post: Teen With Asperger’s Arrested: Were Callers Racial Profiling? Neli, as his family calls him, is 18 and has Asperger’s, a mild form of autism. Three Mondays ago, he rose early and left home without telling his mother. “When I entered his room at 6:30 am and didn’t see him, I assumed ...
  • A conversation Recently, I was on the commuter train home. I happened to be reading Susan Schweik’s book Ugly Laws: Disability in Public for a research paper. Two middle-aged women sat down opposite me, and one inquired as to what book I was reading. Me: It’s a book about 20th-century ugly laws in the U.S. Woman #1: What’re those? Me: ...
  • Quick Hit: In US, Women Hit Hardest by Medical Debt From a post at Change.org: According to a study (pdf) by the Commonwealth Fund, in 2007, 33 percent of working-age women, compared to 25 percent of men, faced medical bills that left them unable to pay for food, rent or heat; caused them to take out a mortgage on their home or take on ...
  • Recommended Reading for June 21, 2010 Brine and Kath traveled from Land’s End, England, at the very southern tip of the UK, to John O’Groats, at the very northern tip of Scotland, the two settlements in Britain that are furthest apart, by hand-pedaled wheelchair and bike, arriving in John O’Groats on the summer solstice. A Voice For Neli [this site is by ...
  • Where There is No Pain I am staring up at the sky, and I can see the clouds rolling by. I am going the other way. We are giving a nod to one another as we go our way. The sounds above me are all muffled, of people going on with their lives. I put them out of ...
  • Open Post: Helen Keller Mythbusting Blogswarm Day! Second, if you post something for Helen Keller Mythbusting Day, please leave a link here in the comments. Comments are open on this post, which may lead to spam or other issues, but I will keep an eye on it while I’m awake.
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • AWP: “The Disabled” People with disabilities/the disabled are not a collective group that all agree on anything. Asking what “the disabled” want or “the disabled” are doing is exactly like asking what “women” want and what “women” are doing. Women are individuals. Some of them are women with disabilities! We don’t all want the ...