Chronological Archives

  • Television & Disability: Joan of Arcadia The family dynamics playing out here all feel very realistic to me. It’s obvious that they brought in someone to discuss seriously how one lives and recovers from such an accident, and talked a lot with the creators and writers about how disability plays out within a family. The Girardis are not victims ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 12, 2009 Recommended Reading.
  • On ambient intimacy and assistive devices I was having a discussion about ambient intimacy in a couple of elsewheres, where I tried (and possibly failed) to say that what is so reviled by opinion editors and other meatsnobs can be useful in all sorts of ways. I like the ...
  • Outrageous pre-existing conditions (Originally posted a month ago at three rivers fog; in the meantime, news also came out that things like acne were considered pre-existing conditions as well: consider any and all further outrage well and fully included in the subject of this post.) You’ve undoubtedly heard the news already. A history of domestic violence or C-section are ...
  • Stop and think: invisible access for invisible disabilities This is my first personal post about being sick. A “coming-out”, to some of my online friends. And a whole lot of elaboration, for those who know I’m sick, but don’t know the details. It’s taken me ages to write, and I haven’t ...
  • Transparency and Feedback It is important to all of the contributors here at FWD that readers and commenters be able to provide feedback on the site . It’s also important to us that you can see the processes we use and know how we respond to that feedback and address it on the site. So even though we’re ...
  • Where I jump in and defend pills… Moderatrix note: This post is the love child of my coming to terms with a need and actual want of pills. When discussions arise of disability, especially, it seems, of invisible disabilities, someone will almost always jump in and start harping about Big Pharma and how they have certainly invented our illness or disorder just to ...
  • Telegram to TABs, on Spoon Theory Message to TABs (Temporarily ABled folk): Spoon Theory? It’s not yours. It doesn’t describe the sleepy feeling you get at the end of a long day, nor the feeling you get when your kid wakes up for the third time in a night, nor the feeling you get because you went for a bike ride ...
  • Lucky for us, there’s money to be thrown One of the many, many things that bothers me about disability & accessibility is how many of the problems can be solved by throwing money at them.
  • How Do We Understand This Experience? This the story of the first time I really understood the degree to which intersectionality was key to understanding and addressing mental health issues. When I was first diagnosed and the subsequent years when we all tried to figure out what was really wrong with me and what medications would allow me to function without too ...