Chronological Archives

  • Ableist Word Profile: Crazy (to describe political viewpoints or positions) 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 ...
  • It’s Always More Complicated: The “Justified” Abortion Abortions do not need to be justified. I know there are strong political and advocacy reasons why stories like these – the so-called “justified” abortion – are told whenever people talk about abortion and the law. They are “good” abortion stories, with the happy family, the desperately wanted ...
  • Signal Boost: Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions & Liberated Learning Youth Iniative Since February our project team has been creating awareness of the Liberated Learning Youth Initiative, which strives to empower students with disabilities through access to a new Speech Recognition transcription system. During the project, participants will be given special user accounts where they will be able to upload recorded lectures and receive speech recognition ...
  • Why History? I’ve written before that the history I do is explicitly political. It’s partly about a part of our past that is highly neglected, and partly about arguing, simply by doing it, that this history is important, that it has long-term consequences that we’re still feeling.
  • Recommended Reading for I Can’t Believe May is Almost Over! I mean, where does the time go?! Second-harmonic generation microscopy image of a primary cultured Aplysia neuron stained with the membrane dye DHPESBP. The signal is modulated by membrane potential and was found to be capable of recording action potentials with 0.6 µm and 0.833 msec spatiotemporal resolution. The high-resolution and deep tissue imaging capability of ...
  • How Many Straws? I know that I am not 18 any more. One of my doctors kindly pointed that out to me recently. What I mean is that I can no longer demand of my body what I once did. And I know this, as I embrace the things that come with years gone by. Aging is a complicated issue ...
  • Come and Take A Spin With Me… A mix of short and long today! Aaron Piepszny and Spirit Synott perform to Ani DiFranco’s ’32 Flavors.’ This is a contemporary dance piece with a lot of movement and explorations of physical as well as emotional relationships. Aaron and Spirit work really well together! Lisa Bufano performing an excerpt from ‘Five Open Mouths,’ also a modern ...
  • Unexpectedly reassuring website of the day: WebMD So, one day last week, I was bored and casually surfing WebMD for non-aspirin headache remedies (I didn’t have any aspirin in the house that day, and the headache was a fairly mild one — not too distracting when compared to those I usually deal with, but still distracting). Because I could not stop clicking ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Description: T-shirt with GOMPERS showing a tree and several children and an adult walking. Some of the children are using crutches or wheelchairs. By Flickr user Cobalt123, used under a Creative Commons License Disability Blog Carnival: Tell the Story! Another awesome collection of posts in this month’s carnival! Well, at long last here is the Disability Blog Carnival ...
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing California State Employees Sue For Workplace Accommodations The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, is often pointed to as an example of progressive legislation in the United States that magically solves the problem of discrimination against people with disabilities. It’s a Federal civil rights law that is designed to outline and protect basic rights for people with disabilities for people ...