Chronological Archives

  • Chatterday! Open Thread This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • Coming Out In a Dangerous World Irish novelist Marian Keyes recently came out about her depression and just published an update for her fans. The decision to openly discuss her depression is being widely covered in a lot of circles, as any disclosure of mental illness by a prominent figure tends to attract attention. Stephen Fry is also a public figure ...
  • Recommended Reading for Friday June 11 Photo by Grant Neufeld, used under a Creative Commons License. Disability Disclosure Online We have all heard stories about people who have lost their jobs because of pictures that surfaced on the Internet that show their after-hours behavior. A similar, but unfortunate tale is the one of the individual with a disability who is denied employment or ...
  • Quoted: Audre Lorde The supposition that one needs the other’s acquiescence in order to exist prevents both from moving together as self-defined persons toward a common goal. This kind of action is a prevalent error among oppressed peoples. It is based upon the false notion that there is only a limited and particular amount of freedom that ...
  • Disability-Centered Writing Wanted! Redstone Science Fiction is running a contest! Towards an Accessible Future Redstone Science Fiction is calling for contest submissions that incorporate the values discussed in the essay The Future Imperfect by Sarah Einstein. What does a world, or space station, or whatever look like when it has been designed to be accessible to everyone and how would people ...
  • Why My Disability Makes Me a Better Employee As people may have noticed, I’ve been a bit quiet lately, mainly due to being totally snowed in and overwhelmed at work. I’ve had a major project with a hard deadline and have been devoting nearly every waking moment to either working about it or just worrying about it. That worry and constant fretting is ...
  • Recommended Reading for Thursday, June 10, 2010 Photo by Justin A. Wilcox, used under a Creative Commons License. Trigger warning. I have is one of those things where, if you have it, (according ...
  • This Is Not Education: Abuse of Autistic Students in Pennsylvania Content warning: This post contains discussions about abuse of people with disabilities, including physical assault and the use of restraints. Last week, a major civil rights lawsuit was settled in Pennsylvania when seven families agreed to accept five million United States Dollars to resolve a case they filed against a teacher and her superiors, arguing that ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday June 9, 2010 Image: “Feel the power of the disability vote – Protest of California health care budget cuts (2009)” by Steve Rhodes, used under a creative commons license. Description: Person who is using a wheelchair, wearing a t-shirt that reads “Feel the power of the disability vote” Don’t forget to submit to this month’s Disability Blog Carnival! The Media’s Struggle ...
  • Disability Rights Activist Jacob F Baldwin dies Via tigtog at Hoyden About Town: Vale Jacob F. Baldwin 1951-2010 Jacob was a tireless advocate for innovative access solutions for people with disabilities. Most recently he was part of the Australian team behind the UniCab concept taxi that has submitted a design for an accessible electric vehicle to New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow initiative. Read ...