Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, 4 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 not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post and links are provided as topics of interest and exploration only. I ...
  • Signal Boost: Mental Capacity Law Reform in Northern Ireland Chambré Public Affairs in association with Disability Action’s Centre on Human Rights for People with Disabilities is organising: Seminar on Mental Capacity Law Reform in Northern Ireland 09.00-13.00 Wednesday 1 September 2010 NICVA, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast About the Seminar Chaired by Professor Roy McClelland who subsequently led the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability in Northern Ireland, the ...
  • Recommended Reading for August 3, 2010 Peek at the Past: Racing Wheelchair (via Katja at BrokenClay) At the beginning and for many years racing wheelchairs were nothing more than a street wheelchair modified by athletes who spent as much time with a welding torch and wrench in their hands as they did with their hands on the push-rims. They were forever working on ...
  • CDC Study Reveals Poverty as Major Contributing Factor for HIV Infection The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States recently released a study showing that in heterosexual communities, people living in poverty are five times more likely than the general population to be infected with HIV. For impoverished communities, where people are living above the poverty line, but not living well, people ...
  • Portrayals we love: Melody in Girls With Slingshots In short: I really love Melody, and I’m so glad that Corsetto has kept her in the strip. While not everything about GWS is perfect, I’m just happy to see a popular comic strip with a recurring character with a disability. I can’t wait to see where Melody’s story goes.
  • Signal Boost: Work Capability Assessment Independent Review I strongly invite you to contribute to the call for evidence by submitting any information you may have that is relevant to how the WCA is operating. This includes evaluating how the WCA assesses limited capability for work and limited capability for work-related activity. There are a number of questions throughout the document and I ...
  • US Action Item: Encourage the Senate to Adopt HR 3101 In June, I wrote an action item asking readers to support The Twenty First Century Video and Telecommunications Accessibility Act. I’m pleased to report that the House version of the bill, HR 3101, just passed, thanks to a lot of work by disability advocates (and a few FWD readers)! Now, it’s the Senate’s turn. The ...
  • Catch-22 Policies: Medi-Cal and Transplants I ran across a situation recently that required me to figure out how the Medi-Cal program – California’s implementation of the Medicaid program, which provides government-funded health insurance to low-income people – handles people who have received transplants. What was happening was so illogical and ill-conceived that I was astounded to find out that it ...
  • Recommended Reading for 02 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 not reflect the opinions held ...
  • Dear Imprudence: Ew, My Daughter Has Facial Hair! A reader wrote in to Emily Yoffe at Dear Prudence this week with the following: My 7-year-old daughter is smart, pretty, and fun. Her father is of Hispanic descent, and he’s gorgeous, but he has a lot of thick, black body hair—including a “unibrow,” which he’s plucked since he was a teenager. Our daughter has inherited ...