Posts by Anna

John Stossel Wants YOU! To Be Afraid of the ADA

Not being from the US, I had this idea in my head that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must be awesome. I mean, come on! It’s been 20 years now! Ramps to every building, disability friendly policies, accessible washrooms in every hotel lobby! I get all starry-eyed just thinking about it.

People with disabilities who have actually been in the US are probably either rolling their eyes or giggling at my naivety.

“We’re not his kids, we’re adults, and we’re our own people”: The Trouble with the Jerry Lewis Telethon

On the surface this probably looks like a good thing, but digging a bit deeper: For many people, this is one of the few times they’ll see images of people with disabilities on their t.v. screen (and from a noted authority and beloved celebrity), and the entire thing is one drawn out pity parade.

Signal Boost: The Attitude Test discusses Screen Readers TODAY

The simple question, though with, I feel some complicated answers is: are we witnessing the demise of the stand-alone screenreader such as JAWS and Window-Eyes? With Apple now putting a screenreader in many of their products as a standard part of their system, is this the way things will go.

Weekly Events Roundup

As always, these events are not endorsed by us in any way, and unfortunately I can’t tell you any more about them than what is at the applicable links. Also, things are a little wonky on my end because of Hurricane Earl, but both Don and I are fine, having made it back to our [...]

Weekly Events Roundup

Disclaimer: We don’t endorse any of these events. I just gather them from my email contacts or from places I see them online. Pretty much everything I know is what I’ve got here. Should you wish to suggest an event, please email me! anna AT disabledfeminists DOT com. Thank you! Calls for Papers – Canadian [...]

Recommended Reading for Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Tracy Latimer is dead because her father is a murderer

These names are part of the reason why I think Robert Latimer should always be referred to as a murderer, why I think think Tracy’s death should never be referred to as a “mercy killing”.

Dear Imprudence: How terrible when blind people are seen and heard

I read this letter to Dear Abby and Abby’s awesomely ableist response. I wonder how she would have responded to a different letter.

Recommended Reading for August 18

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Non-Fiction Book Review: Signs of Resistance by Susan Burch

I give this book 5/5 stars, and would totally recommend it to anyone. The only thing that makes me eager to put it aside is that I have some of Burch’s later books and edited anthologies in my To Be Read (TBR) pile.

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