Chronological Archives

  • A Conversation in the Lunch Room I was sitting in the lunch room at work with a group of co-workers, flipping through the newspapers. I came to an article on the suicide of Marie Osmond’s son, which led to the whole table discussing the incident. And it was immediately underlined for me how little most people know about mental illness and ...
  • Recommended Reading for Gimpuary 151st Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...
  • This is Why We’re Always on about Language I’m not linking to the original source because the specifics don’t matter. This isn’t about the individual people or the individual documents involved. This is just an example of how the use of ableist language harms disabled people. Sometimes our posts on ableist language are on the abstract side, so here’s something ...
  • Kettleman City, California: Low Income, Cleft Palates, and “Nothing Unusual” It’s a small news story which hasn’t been well reported, and I might have missed it except that I happened to stumble upon it in 2009 and then I started following it. Starting in 2007, 6 babies out of 20 born in an 18 month period in Kettleman City, California were born with cleft lips ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 4th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...
  • Quick Hit: The Food Police Are In My Asparagus! I am a huge asparagus fan, which means that, yes, I am unspeakably excited about the fact that it is asparagus season and yes, the rumours are true, I did eat a pound of asparagus on Monday, another pound on Tuesday, and I am about to go eat another 3/4 of a pound. When I went ...
  • Healthy Obligations Even the President of the United States, it appears, is not free of an obligation to be healthy. Society is even conveniently provided with the means of policing him, in the form of ample news stories about his latest physical. The Guardian had three stories up about it at the same time! A British paper, ...
  • Recommended Reading for March 3rd Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...
  • Question Time: Accessibility Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. What does accessibility mean to you? That is, how do you define it and what does it mean in your life?
  • How to Frame the Accommodations Debate The concept of accommodations for employees with disabilities is one that exists all over the world. The basic principle of these laws is that an employee with a disability is entitled to changes to accommodate specific needs created by their disability in order to work. These can be changes in policies (changing a policy prohibiting ...