Chronological Archives

  • Event: August 17: A Non-Visual Perspective on Self-Defense via email Accessible World ClassRoom of the Air presents A Non-Visual Perspective on Self-Defense, August 17, 2010 In this seminar, Larry Lewis, President of Flying Blind LLC will be discussing non-visual strategies for self-defense techniques that can be used by persons who are blind/visually impaired. Lewis has studied a few different martial arts but has found his ...
  • Dear Imprudence: Group Needs Don’t Trump Individual Needs A somewhat old column from Carloyn Hax brings up a common source of family conflict: Dear Carolyn: My conservative, mid-80s grandma literally had a heart attack the day she learned I am gay and marrying my partner. This sounds like sitcom fare, but it isn’t. I know there’s some reason I shouldn’t feel as guilty as everyone ...
  • Quick Hit: Parents of Disabled Children This is gonna be short ’cause I hurt and it’s hard to think and type and all that shit what’s good for writing. Another parent of disabled children has killed ou children. Ou regrets having done it and immediately notified police of ou actions. Responses of shock and horror from media and across internets. But. It doesn’t ...
  • Small Mercies I’m watching “Dating in the Dark,” an ABC show in which contestants, yes, date in a completely dark room. They go on some number of group and individual dates – all in the dark room, all displayed to us with night vision goggles or somesuch – and then decide whether or not they will date ...
  • Recommended Reading for 13 August, 2010 You know, if you’re into the Gregorian calendar (also, Friday 13th! Spooky!). Why hello there, gentle reader! This is my first Recommended Reading. This is very exciting for us all. While this should be a time of celebration, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites (and it’s all MSM articles in this edition of ...
  • My Experiences with Disability & The Kink Community I actually do believe people genuinely have no idea about accessibility-related accommodations, and I don’t think it’s some conspiracy or willful ignorance. It’s just the way things are. Except, in my experience, in the kink community.
  • Recommended Reading For 12 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 ...
  • On Centring Caregivers in Disability Discourse It’s really off-putting when a group of disabled people are trying to have a conversation and a caregiver butts in with “you’re wrong. I know, because I care for someone with such and such a disability”. This makes me squirm. Even worse are those disability organisations or charities that have only parents and caregivers on ...
  • Recommended Reading for August 11, 2010: Paul Longmore Edition A collection of links today about Dr Paul Longmore’s life, work, and death. I don’t mind telling you all that I’ve spend most of today sitting here feeling horrible and sad about his death. I know I talked earlier about his impact on my scholarship. I’m reading so many remembrances by other ...
  • Paul Longmore – Activist, Historian, Writer, Professor – has died I’m incredibly broken up about this for someone who never met Dr Longmore. I have his work scattered about my desk, and have always recommended his Why I Burned My Book as a powerful and well-written introduction to issues related to disability and disability activism. I’ve quoted him extensively since returning to university, ...