Chronological Archives

  • 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 ...
  • Innovative Methods for Health Access: The Breathmobile Reader note: I’ve started using my name, ’s.e. smith,’ rather than my pseudonym, ‘meloukhia,’ to identify myself on FWD. I apologise in advance if that causes any confusion! I’m sticking this notice on my posts for a few days to make sure that everyone sees it. How to provide access to low income children with ...
  • 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 ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 2, 2010 Accessible Information is Understandable You can present information in Braille, large print, Sign Language, or easy read, but it will still be useless if it cannot be understood. Once again we are talking about clear and straightforward communication, familiar language, jargon free text and information that is well structured and easy to follow. This is true whether ...
  • My cane I use a cane! This should not come as a surprise, but often when I am out in public, it does. People seem surprised to see a young person who uses a cane; while I have not gotten people “confronting” me about it directly — ...
  • No, It’s Not As Easy As You Think When I talk to people in the United States about disability and the need for accommodations, I am usually met with a bit of bewilderment. “You mean there’s still more work to be done on accommodations? I thought all that had been taken care of.” These are people who are used to seeing wheelchair ramps ...
  • The New York Times Tackles Teens and Cancer Reader note: I’ve started using my name, ’s.e. smith,’ rather than my pseudonym, ‘meloukhia,’ to identify myself on FWD. I apologise in advance if that causes any confusion! I’m sticking this notice on my posts for a few days to make sure that everyone sees it. “In Cancer Fight, Teens Don’t Fit In,” the headline ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 1, 2010 Shit I Hate: Models as the Face of ED Survivorhood Let me be clear – I do not hate models who are suffering from eating disorders, have come out as ED sufferers or survivors, or who have turned to advocate for other sufferers. That is a good thing to do, it comes from a place ...