Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, 23 June 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 ...
  • Quick Hit: The Relationship Between Disability and Poverty, Part 1,293,495,594 in a continuing series Did you know that being poor puts people at greater risk for disability? And that people with disabilities are more likely to be poor? And that there’s a very strong relationship between poverty and disability, the worst kind of vicious circle? Well, you probably do, especially because we talk about it a lot here, but ...
  • Water and Access: Arsenic in Bangladesh This piece by Christine Lapisto at Treehugger on arsenic in wellwater in Bangladesh highlights a number of different social issues including access to potable water, flaws with development work performed by humanitarian organisations, and environmental illnesses. It’s also another example of selective media reporting. Although arsenic has been identified in water supplies in Bangladesh since ...
  • Recommended Reading for June 22, 2010 Ken Reibel at Huffington Post: Teen With Asperger’s Arrested: Were Callers Racial Profiling? Neli, as his family calls him, is 18 and has Asperger’s, a mild form of autism. Three Mondays ago, he rose early and left home without telling his mother. “When I entered his room at 6:30 am and didn’t see him, I assumed ...
  • A conversation Recently, I was on the commuter train home. I happened to be reading Susan Schweik’s book Ugly Laws: Disability in Public for a research paper. Two middle-aged women sat down opposite me, and one inquired as to what book I was reading. Me: It’s a book about 20th-century ugly laws in the U.S. Woman #1: What’re those? Me: ...
  • Quick Hit: In US, Women Hit Hardest by Medical Debt From a post at Change.org: According to a study (pdf) by the Commonwealth Fund, in 2007, 33 percent of working-age women, compared to 25 percent of men, faced medical bills that left them unable to pay for food, rent or heat; caused them to take out a mortgage on their home or take on ...
  • Recommended Reading for June 21, 2010 Brine and Kath traveled from Land’s End, England, at the very southern tip of the UK, to John O’Groats, at the very northern tip of Scotland, the two settlements in Britain that are furthest apart, by hand-pedaled wheelchair and bike, arriving in John O’Groats on the summer solstice. A Voice For Neli [this site is by ...
  • US Signal Boost: New ADA & section 508 regulations – public comments due today June 21 Short notice, but the U.S. government is rewriting the ADA and Section 508 regulations for Information and Communications Technology.  These are the laws that describe how American companies and government websites need to be accessible.   I thought some folks in this community might be interested in commenting on the draft legislation. The US Access Board (the ...
  • Once-a-Week Job Search Roundup Here’s a list of potential jobs that explicitly seek people with disabilities/disabled people, or are explicitly invited to apply, that have come across my desk this week. Please note: I have no knowledge of these jobs, don’t endorse them, and can tell you nothing about them. European Network on Independent Living (Policy) Intern Dublin, Ireland: “In conjunction ...
  • Where There is No Pain I am staring up at the sky, and I can see the clouds rolling by. I am going the other way. We are giving a nod to one another as we go our way. The sounds above me are all muffled, of people going on with their lives. I put them out of ...