Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for 16 December, 2010 Talulah Mankiller at Life Under a Rock: Just the Facts, Ma’am (via Kiri) (post mentions domestic violence but doesn’t describe) Even when I was very sick and had no idea what was wrong, I always had two versions of reality in my head: what I logically knew was actually probably going on, and what I ...
  • Signal Boost: Canada: 2011 Women’s Worlds Conference in July The 2011 Women’s Worlds Conference is taking place in Ottowa from 3-7 July, 2011. Here’s some information about the theme of the conference, which may be relevant to some of our readers! Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world The theme of Women’s Worlds 2011 is “Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world”. ...
  • Book Review: Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland I have been reading rather a lot of young adult fiction lately and there are a number of books I’d like to write about, but this one in particular seems worthy of discussing here because one of the central themes of the story is institutionalisation. Please be advised that I’ll be getting into plot details ...
  • Recommended Reading for 15 December, 2010 Jody McIntyre: Student Protests, Part Three From the corner of my eye, I spotted one of the policemen from the earlier incident. He recognised me immediately. Officer KF936 came charging towards me. Tipping the wheelchair to the side, he pushed me onto the concrete, before grabbing my arms and dragging me across the road. The crowd ...
  • Are you (or someone you know) aged 13 – 30 and living in the US? We mentioned this when the first Call came out for proposals, but I wanted to mention it again because I think it’s a good opportunity for the “new generation” of people with disabilities to get their thoughts and voices out there. (Also, I want to read it when it is done, so people submitting ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 14, 2010 K__ at Feminists with FSD: Notes on MTV’s True Life: I Can’t Have Sex Actual, proper terminology was used throughout the show. Chronic pelvic pain conditions were named, but some conditions that overlap were not mentioned at all (interstitial cystitis, for example, was not explored in this episode. This is a shame – interstitial cystitis is ...
  • “There’s a suggestion that you were rolling towards the police in your wheelchair”: BBC Interviews Jody McIntyre About His Assault By London Metropolitan Police Officers Interviewer: There’s a suggestion that you were rolling towards the police in your wheelchair. Is that true? JM: I think justifying a police officer pulling a disabled person out of a wheelchair and dragging them across a concrete road is quite ridiculous and I’m surprised that you’ve just tried to do so. Interview: So that’s not true, ...
  • Guest Post: Reflections on being Jewish and Autistic: Different minorities, same critique Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg is a wife, mother, writer, editor, artist, photographer, and leader of the Vermont Chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). She blogs at Journeys with Autism, and her latest book, The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed ...
  • New book: Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader Here’s a book for your list, if you’re celebrating a gifty holiday soon – or just splurge on it for yourself! Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader, edited by Diane Driedger, was launched last week in Canada, and it should contain plenty of interest for readers of FWD/Forward. The McNally Robinson book-launch blurb is as ...
  • Constant Vigilance To quote Harry Potter. It’s difficult to separate out my life into the disability stuff and what life would be like without it. I don’t remember much of my life beforehand. Something I’ve been aware of for years is how distrustful ableism has made me. I’ve been primed to be constantly aware of other people’s attitudes. I ...