Chronological Archives

  • On Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter: It’s not ok for police to immobilise PWD for questioning This post is not spoily for the Dexter TV series to date, except perhaps for the premise. It contains a very minor spoiler for an event that occurs at the start of Dexter By Design. Comments may contain spoilers up to the Chapter Ten of Dexter by Design, but no further please.. At the moment I’m ...
  • Who Is The Victim Here? Content warning: This post contains discussions of physical abuse and sexual assault perpetrated by caregivers. Last week, I read a horrific story in the Los Angeles Times about an employee of a retirement home who was sentenced to life in prison for torturing the residents. The story in the Times describes patients as ‘dementia ridden’ and ...
  • Recommended Reading for June 3, 2010 Service puppies in training!! Miami Herald – Embedded therapists protect National Guard members’ mental health Roger Duke is a Vietnam veteran, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Since 2006, he’s spent at least one weekend a month embedded with a California National Guard unit. Duke, 57, wasn’t deployed ...
  • Where About Us But Without Us Leads On 1 June 2010, E. Fuller Torrey MD wrote an op-ed column for the New York Times, “Make Kendra’s Law Permanent.” Dr Torrey is the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit group whose sole purpose is to lobby states for the passage of so-called assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) laws like Kendra’s Law ...
  • Call to Action: Tell Parliament to Stop Discrimination against people with disabilities who immigrate to Canada I’m very happy for the no-longer-in-power Liberals that they were certain situations like the Barlagnes would never happen in Totally-Awesome-To-People-With-Disabilities Canada, but since we live in this Canada, I think their optimism was misguided. As has been amply demonstrated by reality.
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Discrimination is only discrimination if you end up being sacked The study apparently says that many people with MS put off telling their bosses (and so receiving appropriate accommodations at work, which might help them to manage their MS) because they are afraid they will be discriminated against. Dr Simmons says that fear is unfounded, because “only ...
  • Military Docs Treat Pain in New Ways and Shame in All the Old Ways Gentle readers! I know! I am going to worsen my hernia by reading this stuff every day! I can’t help myself! It’s like tearing myself away from a Star Wars Marathon and a free case of Guinness and Harp on New Years Eve Back when I was child free and in college! Did you ever ...
  • What Is Justice? Incarceration of Mentally Ill Youth in the United States The University of California, Berkeley recently released a report discussing the incarceration of youth with mental illness. Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System (.pdf) examines juvenile detention in California and the ways that it is falling woefully short in terms of providing adequate mental health services to incarcerated juveniles. Unsurprisingly, it is getting ...
  • International Disabilities Alliance Disability Rights Bulletin May 2010 This bulletin is intended for experts advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, in particular within the Geneva-based human rights framework. It is prepared by the IDA Secretariat, which also provides support to the Group of States Friends of the CRPD.
  • Recommended Reading for June 1, 2010 fiction_theory (LJ): The internet IS real life The problem with impeaching someone’s anti-racism based on attendance at a specific march or even public rallies and protests in general is that it assumes that a) attending such events is a more real, valid, and important means of expressing anti-racism than any other means, specifically online and ...