Chronological Archives

  • Disability History Education Video I wanted to share this Disability History Education video by the Disabled Young People’s Collective. The DYP is based in North Carolina, USA, and is made up of people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-eight. See the DYP website for more. The video is mostly captioned, but the captions can be a bit difficult to ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 18 Recommended Reading for November 18, 2009
  • Ableist Word Profile: Wheelchair Bound I considered making this entire post “People don’t like being told they’re wheelchair bound. Stop doing it. Try ‘wheelchair user’ instead. Thank you.” Then I remembered how often that argument is rejected.
  • Dear Disney & Pixar: Closed Captioning and Audio Descriptions are not “special features” Codeman38 has been bringing people’s attention to the lack of accessibility features available in the rental version of Up: However, Disney (the film’s distributor) released a special rental-only version of the DVD to the three above-mentioned rental chains, which lacks the bonus shorts from the retail DVD, the descriptive audio track, and the captions and subtitles ...
  • Disabled Sexuality and Disempowerment Through Fetishization This is a complicated post on a complicated issue. That’s one of the reasons it’s not marked 101. I’m trying to write this without being judgmental of the fetish community (after all, I belong to the fetish community), but I am addressing devotee culture here, and I do have some pretty harsh things to say ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 17 Recommended Reading for November 17, 2009
  • Guest Post: Cerebral Palsy Humor? Not so Much. I was curious to see what would appear when I searched for “disabled” on the website. I found a lot of what I thought were amusing items, some with very suggestive slogans and pictures, but I laughed at them anyway. We’re aware that disability is a serious issue in our lives, but ...
  • Final Carnival Reminder! Today is the deadline for submissions for the Disability Carnival. If you emailed something to carnival at disabledfeminists.com and didn’t get some variation of “I got your submission! Thank you!”, then I haven’t received it. The alternate address is anna@annaoverseas.com. The optional theme is intersectionality. However, any posts you’ve written about disability that you’d like ...
  • Jordan’s Principle Take, for example, the case of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan was born with “complex health needs” (this is code for Carey Fineman Ziter Syndrome, a rare muscular disorder) and spent the first two years of his life in hospital. At that point, ...
  • Question Time: Assistive Devices 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 are your assistive devices, if any? (‘Assistive device’ defined as broadly as you like.)