Chronological Archives

  • Signal Boost: Girls with Disabilities’ Event, Michigan, US Girls with Disabilities’ Event Michigan Disability Rights Coalition DATE: August 13, 14, 15 LOCATION: Camp Cavell, Lexington, Michigan Are you a high school girl with a disability between the ages of 14-19? Would you like to meet other girls with disabilities from across the state of Michigan? Then you need to register TODAY for Michigan’s girls with disabilities event: Her Power ...
  • Paying For The Recession: The AIDS Drug Assistance Program Despite the attempts at sunny forecasts being made by commentators, it’s pretty clear that we are in a recession, that we have not hit bottom, and that things are not going to get better soon. In the United States, all of the indicators are pointing firmly toward ‘shit is bad, folks.’ The unemployment rate[1. Notoriously ...
  • Recommended Reading, July 8 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 ...
  • Film Review: HBO’s “Kevorkian” (2010) Director Matthew Galkin’s documentary Kevorkian (aired on HBO on June 28th; also available on YouTube; ETA: as codeman38 points out below, the YouTube version is, unfortunately, not closed-captioned) is one of those documentaries that I felt nervous about watching, mostly because I was extremely skeptical that it would be anything other than a massive apologia ...
  • I’m Disabled and I Vote (Photo by Flickr user Steve Rhodes, used under a Creative Commons license.) Here in the United States, we are in the midst of a midterm election cycle, and given that campaigning for Presidential elections basically starts two years in advance, we are about to start ramping up for the 2012 Presidential election, which looks like it ...
  • Bad Behavior, continued: More on School Discipline s.e. smith recently wrote about abuse of autistic students in Pennsylvania and the distressing rise in abusive ‘discipline’ for students with disabilities. Ou mentioned a recent study from Delaware that found that students with disabilities are more likely to be suspended for ‘behavior’ problems than students without disabilities. Ou discussed some easy ways that a ...
  • Recommended Reading for July 7, 2010 NOLA.com – Louisiana renews request for mental health funding from BP The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is again requesting $10 million from BP to fund ongoing mental health services in communities affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after a request made on May 28 failed to spur any action. In a second letter to Doug ...
  • Recommended Reading for July 6, 2010 jadelennox (DW): How to fight ableism: some easy steps So I thought it might be valuable to gather together some ways in which able-bodied people can do something about ableism in the world. Then, next time a person is feeling frustrated about ableism, and is thinking about doing some signal boosting of, say, some crappy thing ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Special Ableist Word Profile is an ongoing FWD/Forward series in which we explore ableism and the way it manifests in language usage. Here’s what this series is about: Examining word origins, the way in which ableism is unconsciously reinforced, the power that language has. Here’s what this series is not about: Telling people which words they can use ...
  • Signal Boost: Call for submissions: Occupied Bodies CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Occupied Bodies: Women of Color Speak on Self-Image – Deadline October 15, 2010 I am soliciting essays for an anthology on women of color’s self-image/body image as shaped by family, friends, media, society, history, lived experiences, etc. I’m looking for smart, accessible, and snappy personal narratives that also offer nuanced analysis of ...