Chronological Archives

  • New book: Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader Here’s a book for your list, if you’re celebrating a gifty holiday soon – or just splurge on it for yourself! Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader, edited by Diane Driedger, was launched last week in Canada, and it should contain plenty of interest for readers of FWD/Forward. The McNally Robinson book-launch blurb is as ...
  • Recommended Reading for 13 December, 2010 You are Here: Safety Haiku: Automatic Captions This is the reason why you should not send me breathless, excited emails about the wonders of automated speech-to-text. You see the “CC” button and you think you and I will both enjoy the same media. This is what I actually get. (On the other hand, in a black ...
  • Portly + Powerchair + Pedestrian = Panic Ow. My head hurts. And this is why. Power chairs: older and fatter Americans are on the move – St. Petersburg Times: “A man on a moped crashed into a man in an electric wheelchair the other night in the middle of Fourth Street. There on the front page of the paper was a police tape ...
  • Recommended Reading for 10 December, 2010 Well, if it isn’t Friday again. I suppose it is for you, readers of the future, but I am writing this from Tuesday, in the past! Such is the power of the blog’s scheduling function. Gentle reader, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites tend to not be safe and we here at FWD/Forward don’t ...
  • Howard Hyde Inquiry Ignores Ableism As Cause of Death I suppose this is technically correct. Howard’s death was not because he was mentally ill, his death was because the police were ill-equipped to deal with someone having a mental health crisis. I don’t have statistics about the number of men having mental health crises that are murdered by police officers every year, ...
  • Recommended Reading for Thursday, December 8, 2010 I hate this time of year because I live in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s dark really early. At least we’ve been avoiding the snow-dumps I hear are all over central Canada, but it’s only a matter of time. Civil Rights Now!: Civil Rights Now! speech at Dec10 CLAS Forum on UN Convention on the ...
  • 5 Ridiculous Big Pharma ads I have an ongoing peeve that relates to medication and social attitudes surrounding it: often, for some people on various sides of the political spectrum, trashing Big Pharma translates into trashing people who use prescription medications at all, for a variety of health conditions — especially for chronic conditions, both of the mental health and ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, December 8, 2010 My hearing has finally recovered! Now I know why I was sleeping so much – I couldn’t hear all the construction starting up at 7 a.m. *sigh* Arbitrary Constant: DLA reform consultation: Great Expectations, Word Apprehensions The coalition government today published its consultation on the reform of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The headline is that ...
  • QuickPress: The Carnival of Mental Health is Up! I’ve been so behind in my reading this month that I missed entirely The Blog Carnival of Mental Health Issue 1: Diagnosis Welcome to the first Blog Carnival of Mental Health. I’m a day late, but I’m going to share with you an interesting if small collection of posts. I must say that it’s rather ironic ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 7, 2010 Cheryl at Finding my Way: On Privilege, Again It was after this that the almost imperceptible freak out occurred. What am I going to do when it snows? How am I going to get food this winter? People / the county just don’t shovel sidewalks very well and it’s too far to roll in the street. ...