Chronological Archives

  • Why Don’t Non-Disabled People Trust People With Disabilities Anyway? Disability simulations and disability awareness days are condescending and patronizing towards people with disabilities. Instead of “raising awareness” about the “struggles” people with disabilities face, they end up raising awareness of how difficult it is to be a first-time wheelchair user, open bottled with socks on your hands, or navigate spaces with your eyes ...
  • Slam After Slam For People With Disabilities in California’s New Budget Does this headline read like deja vu to you? With the global recession is coming a wave of devastating budget cuts for people with disabilities as governments struggle to address funding shortages. Lauredhel just covered the major cuts in Australia’s new budget that impacted people with disabilities, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California recently unveiled ...
  • Dear Imprudence: Have You Considered Violating Your Son’s Bodily Autonomy Today? Content warning: This post discusses involuntary sterilisation of people with disabilities. Reader bzzzzgrrrl drew my attention to a recent Dear Abby column that featured this: Dear Abby: My husband and I have a 24-year-old developmentally disabled son who lives with us. Three months ago, he met a nice girl at the mental health program he ...
  • Recommended Reading for Thursday May 20 2010 “….” by mataikan, seen at binary canvas. Ghana News Agency – Mental Health System on the verge of collapse Dr Akwasi Osei, Chief Psychiatrist of the Ghana Health Service, on Monday said the mental health system would soon collapse if the Mental Health Bill was not passed to correct the abuses and injustices in ...
  • Why I Am Not a Libertarian Here in the U.S., there’s been a lot of buzz about Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, winning the primary for Republican senator in Kentucky. Paul is a darling of the Tea Party and largely espouses libertarian values of decreased taxes and decreased government regulation and intervention. There are some things about libertarianism that I like ...
  • Jenny McCarthy & Autism Part III: Spokesperson The way I see it, one of two things is true: 1. Jenny McCarthy cured her son of Autism. 2. Evan never had autism in the first place, but may have had another syndrome, or have been developmentally delayed and “caught up”. In either case, Jenny McCarthy is not currently the mother of an autistic child.
  • Dancing With Gaga Several of the FWD/Forward contributors are fans of Lady Gaga, so when I encountered a Sign version of ‘Paparazzi,’ I was pretty delighted. I got even more delighted when I realised that there is actually a very large genre of signed versions of Lady Gaga’s songs, and pulled a sampling to post here. Please feel ...
  • In Which Rape Makes Me Angry Content warning: This post discusses rape and sexual assault of women with disabilities. One of the persistent problems with rape and sexual assault cases is that they tend to be very poorly reported in the media. They aren’t reported at all, for the most part, if they involve nonwhite women, sex workers, disabled women, trans women, ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 18, 2010 Pharaoh Katt at Something More Than Sides: I Dreamed That I Was Normal I dreamed the world made sense, That people never tried To delve into my psyche and redefine my mind. Gauntlet at Tumblr: Janet Street-Porter shares her thoughts on depression… I think maybe what we are seeing here, is women who have a powerful voice in the media ...
  • Guest Post from RMJ: Ableist Word Profile: Crazy Like every ism, ableism is absorbed through the culture on a more subconscious level, embedding itself in our language like a guerrilla force. Crazy is one of the most versatile and frequently used slurs, a word used sometimes directly against persons with mental disabilities (PWMD), sometimes indirectly against persons with able privilege, sometimes descriptive and value-neutral, ...