Chronological Archives

  • The Cautionary Tale of the Kehoe Twins: Is This About Surrogacy, or Whether or Not Disabled Women Can Parent? Note: This post has been edited to include Amy Kehoe’s correct diagnosis, which was erroneously stated as schizophrenia in an earlier version. I apologize for the error and for not fact checking more thoroughly before publishing. -meloukhia A story is brewing in Michigan. Amy and Scott Kehoe wanted babies, but couldn’t have them on their own. So ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 15 Happy Bodies: Dementors Can we please stop talking about non-neuro-typical people as though there is something wrong with them? They may be different, but they are not deficient and attitudes like those expressed in the Autism Speaks video just serve to promote the idea that people ...
  • Why ‘What People Think’ Matters Permanent Limited Duty is an option that a service member has to being fully medically discharged.  It allows the member to stay active duty on a strict schedule and with very strict limitations of duty.  It allows them to fulfill their contract obligation as opposed to being released from it early.  There are specific criteria ...
  • It’s a scooter, not a Mack truck Something I’ve noticed a lot since starting to drive a scooter is how TERRIFIED people are. Really. On the sidewalks, I zoom along at six kilometres an hour if I’m unaccompanied and there’s no one around. That feels really zoomy to me, having not locomoted that fast bipedally for quite some time. But when I’m in a place ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 14 Wheelie Catholic: Imagine no one has to imagine One of the other questions I’ve been asked is “What’s it like to be a quadriplegic?” usually followed by “I can’t imagine!” My answer to that is no, you probably can’t imagine, although you may try , with the misguided help of maudlin movies about disability, on the one ...
  • Inertia Asking for help is something I have never been good at. It’s rather like standing in front of a car hurdling toward you, intending to push it in the opposite direction. It requires an enormous amount of resistance. And I’m almost certain to come away with some sort of injury. Lying in bed the other night, ...
  • Question Time: Positive Experiences with Abled People Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. Tell us about a positive experience you’ve had interacting with abled people.
  • Quotation: Why We Do Disability History Obviously I have quoted this for truth because I’m an historian and I’m often questioned on why I consider the history I do to be both political and activist in nature. And, this is (in part) why.
  • Quotation: “Disability & Sentimentality” Mary Klages, Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America.
  • The frustration of incremental progress The place I work does a lot of trainings for other organizations on health care programs. A number of health care programs are available only for people with long-term disabilities, so the trainings always include a fair amount of discussion of what disability is and who is disabled. My organization is relatively progressive and puts a ...