Chronological Archives

  • Bullying – How Can We Stop It? Here’s another horrific story of bullying, this coming out of Dickson, Oklahoma. Austin Avery was born prematurely and suffered developmental issues as a result. Last week, when the school called Sharlene,  she  knew something was seriously wrong. “We had a call from the school to come pick him up ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 22, 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 ...
  • Recognition Y’all may know I’m mentally ill. I have mentioned a time or eighteen. It’s a thing I do, talking about my experiences with mental illness and mental health care, trying to provide an anecdote to do with the data. What I talk about somewhat less is having cognitive variations and learning disabilities. Which I do. Most ...
  • Occupational Hazards: Dangerous Conditions in the US Mining Industry Here in the United States, headlines have been blaring over the last few weeks about the 29 coal miners killed in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Even the President was outraged, and the public attention may result in a push to reform the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to give it ...
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief — The Special Thing About You Every now and then a movie comes out and I get super excited about it because it sparks something form my childhood or youth that I love. Percy Jackson and the Olympians did that. I loved Greek mythology in High School (even if I went a little cross-eyed reading The Odyssey and The Illiad). Hollywood is ...
  • ‘Normal’ and the Dominant Narrative He got through school, he has a good job and he married. That’s probably the biggest concern of Tourette’s sufferers and their relatives: Will their life be normal? This quote comes from Anne Miller’s Washington Post piece, ‘‘American Idol’ segment helps push Tourette’s Syndrome into cultural mainstream,’ which I mentioned in ‘Whose Voices?‘ There’s ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 20, 2010 Scott Carney (Mother Jones magazine): Inside India’s Rent-a-Womb Business Despite the growth in services, surrogacy is not officially regulated in India. There are no binding legal standards for treatment of surrogates, nor has any state or national authority been empowered to police the industry. While clinics have a financial incentive to ensure the health of the ...
  • This Terrifies Me Here in the U.S., there’s been a lot of buzz about a new immigration law passed in Arizona (including on meloukhia’s tumblr, where I first saw it). Their state legislature just passed a bill that “makes it a crime to lack proper immigration paperwork and requires police, if they suspect someone is in the ...
  • Whose Voices? There seems to be a bit of a theme these days of nondisabled people writing about the disabled people in their lives for the mainstream media. We had Sue Blackmore writing about her daughter Emily, who has anorexia, and Anne Miller writing about her husband, Michael Davoli, for example, and I’m sure there were countless ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 19, 2010 Description: A blue-painted brick wall parking stall with the disability-symbol of a white wheelchair painted on it as well. – edited after comment from noracharles. Today is the deadline for the Disability Carnival Check out River of Jordan for more information! Out of the mouths of babes Without answering he calls to the guys on the platform a couple ...