Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for April 7, 2010 Another short one today – the stuff in my personal life is ongoing. I’m sorry. The cost of art As I know that with Palmer’s projects and statements, there are things I might miss because I am able bodied, because I am privileged as Palmer is herself. I know that I have been made to think ...
  • Anger as a Constructive Force Note: This is kind of an old post, but I think it’s still useful. I’m sure that many of you have heard variations on the following: “You’re just too angry. Your anger alienates people/potential allies and might make them afraid to associate with you! They won’t want to be on your side because of your anger.” This statement, ...
  • Dear Carolyn Hax: Thank You I was so pleased when s.e. brought Carolyn Hax’s advice to a grandparent of an autistic girl to my attention. Here’s a clip of the letter Carolyn is responding to: The mother of my grandgirls is making life a problem. The middle girl is extremely autistic and has not been taught the social rules we all need. ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 6, 2010 I’m sorry this is short today – something came up in my personal life. Assumptions: Unfair & Not Unfair This is an ethics professor discussing the ethics of caring for patients whose injuries were, in our view as physicians, “brought upon themselves”, or for patients whom we don’t necessarily like. Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic I posted Monday about the ...
  • Post-Secondary Students, I am looking for your stories Are you, or have you been, a post-secondary student with a disability? What have been your experiences with navigating your institution as a disabled student? Is/was there a Student Accessibility Services office, and how effective were they in assisting you? If you are willing to talk about what happened – good or bad – ...
  • Jenny McCarthy & Autism Part 2: Let’s All Be Normal (Acting) But children are very aware of the pressure to be normal. And when people like Jenny McCarthy and her ilk push “cures” for disability out there, not only are parents asked why they aren’t administering these cures, children are, either directly or indirectly, asked why they aren’t cured, too.
  • Let me tell you all about my disability super powers The number of times I see a person with a disability in pop culture with some form of super-power versus the number of times I’ve seen someone with a disability portrayed somewhat realistically is… Well, there isn’t really a lot of the latter, and there sure is a lot of the former.
  • Recommended Reading for April 5, 2010 Power The media world hasn’t stopped writing bad articles about disability in general and disability and dance in particular. I will run right over the next person who uses the “inspiring” word. There have been some truly shocking things — things that should call us as moral humans to action — but for some reason, I ...
  • Finally, a Dear Prudence column that isn’t rage-inducing! In the most recent Dear Prudence live chat on Slate, a reader asked the following: Negativity: I have had a bad couple of years—intermittent employment, moved twice, lost a sibling. I’m a pretty positive person, but I’m having trouble keeping my chin up, since that mainly results in me taking it on the chin. I have a friend who asked ...
  • Glee: Poster Children for DisabilityFail You saw last week’s Glee promotional poster, posted here by s. e. smith. In that poster, Sue the cheerleading coach sprays spray paint across the Glee club – hitting most of the singers in the chest or abdomen, but spraying Artie, who uses a wheelchair, across the eyes. Here’s the latest: Look at those singers! They’re so ...