Chronological Archives

  • How Many Straws? I know that I am not 18 any more. One of my doctors kindly pointed that out to me recently. What I mean is that I can no longer demand of my body what I once did. And I know this, as I embrace the things that come with years gone by. Aging is a complicated issue ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Description: T-shirt with GOMPERS showing a tree and several children and an adult walking. Some of the children are using crutches or wheelchairs. By Flickr user Cobalt123, used under a Creative Commons License Disability Blog Carnival: Tell the Story! Another awesome collection of posts in this month’s carnival! Well, at long last here is the Disability Blog Carnival ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 25th, 2010 Dorian at Dorianisms: “Men Who Get It” The danger lies in beginning to assume that you are some kind of Ultimate Authority, and in particular, that you can teach people about their own experiences. That you know better than marginalized people what is happening in their lives, with their marginalization. That you are the Ultimate Arbiter ...
  • AWP: Why writing about Language Isn’t Enough I get why people talk about language, and I agree that language is important. But I’m not giving cookies out for publicly declaring your ally-status by saying you won’t (or will try not to) use ableist language anymore. That’s a great first step. Now move on.
  • What is “healthcare”? A tale of a murderer, a victim, and a tattoo. My local paper has been abuzz with righteous taxpayer outrage over the State paying for a tattoo removal for a woman, who I’ll call JMN. The story of JMN disrupts a number of neat stereotypical societal narratives about domestic violence, about victimhood, about killers, ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Why I write about ableist language When someone writes something like “Wow, those anti-immigrant people are r#tarded idiots!” , I bring up the ableism, and my activity in the disability rights movement, as ...
  • Recommended reading for Monday, May 24 2010 Description: An Arizona Golden puppy wearing a Halter that reads “Service Dogs Helping Others Improve Their Lives” From flickr user Cobolt 123, used under a Creative Commons License. Teacher duct tapes disabled boy’s arm to wheelchair Anthony Birden, a 12 year old with shaken baby syndrome, who can only communicate with his right hand, had that hand restrained ...
  • For Cereal, Internet?: I Has A Hotdog edition I love looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet. Cats, dogs, monkeys, dolphins, turtles, otters – whatever. And I find that skimming through a few LOLcat macros during the workday can do wonders to perk up my mood or give me a smile before diving back into work. Which is part of why ...
  • 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 ...
  • Why Don’t Non-Disabled People Trust People With Disabilities Anyway? Disability simulations and disability awareness days are condescending and patronizing towards people with disabilities. Instead of “raising awareness” about the “struggles” people with disabilities face, they end up raising awareness of how difficult it is to be a first-time wheelchair user, open bottled with socks on your hands, or navigate spaces with your eyes ...