Chronological Archives

  • Disability and Domestic Violence Apologism Content note: This post discusses a domestic violence case involving a woman with disabilities, and includes details on domestic violence apologism as well as threats made in the court room. Disability and domestic violence are intersecting issues with very serious consequences. People with disabilities are more likely to experience domestic violence and we are also less ...
  • Fat Hatred and Ableism Collide in Australia Maz Smyth was rolling along one day in her manual wheelchair, as one does, when her front wheel got caught in a pothole and snapped off. Understandably annoyed by this turn of events, she approached the Toowoomba Regional Council to ask them to fix the pothole and pay the costs associated with fixing her chair. Neither ...
  • What Does it Mean to Get Better? A few weeks ago, I read an absolutely marvelous post by Wheelchair Dancer, a letter to a TAB friend explaining why her approach to recovery and improvement was so different than theirs. It stemmed from an incident where the friend was “enthusiastic about how much better I seemed” and Wheelchair Dancer was unable to respond ...
  • Recommended Reading for 12 July 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 ...
  • For Cereal, Internets?! Not Even Venn Diagrams Make Ableism Acceptable Content note: This post discusses ableist humour that involves psychiatrisation and belittling of ADHD. There’s an oh-so-witty joke that has been making the rounds lately. It keeps popping up again and again, even at sites that I would expect to pass on this type of ‘humour.’ Amazingly, no one’s emailed a tip on it to ...
  • Online University Course: Introduction to Disability and Diversity Studies This course is designed for graduate students and professionals in a variety of disciplines concerned with disability and diversity issues. The course is open to currently enrolled UH students and to non-UH students (via the UH Outreach College).
  • Fabulousness From the Comments It has been entirely too long since we featured some awesome comments, and we have gotten some really good ones lately, so without further ado: AWV, on ‘Ableist Word Profile: Special‘: In general, I guess I don’t get why we can’t just say disability. Like, why can’t special education just be called education for students with ...
  • Publicity and the Taser: When Stories Get Told (and When They Don’t) Last night, a young Black man with epilepsy was admitted to a hospital in Louisiana after a suicide attempt. He declined to don a hospital gown and ‘attempted to leave his examination,’ at which point security stepped in. According to witnesses, security officers punched the young man in the lip and pulled out several of ...
  • Dear Imprudence: My Boss Sexually Harassed Me, Should I Cover It Up? This week’s edition of Dear Prudence had several entries that got me extremely riled up, but the one I’m choosing to feature is one from a young intern who got, well, some pretty awful advice. The intern wrote: Dear Prudence, I landed a dream internship in the entertainment industry and on my first day on the job got ...
  • Recommended Reading, July 9 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 ...