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Recommended Reading for November 30, 2010

Jessica Pauline Ogilvie for the Los Angeles Times: Stuttering: Working to free the words

An estimated 3 million American adults have a stutter that didn’t resolve in childhood, according to the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation of America. As kids, many dealt with the giggles of classmates and confusion of teachers; as adults, they often deal with uncertain glances and the impatience of strangers. They’ve long sought comfort from each other, sharing their experiences at conferences and advocacy groups.

Eli Clare at eliclare.com/blog: Disability Pride (from a few months ago, but definitely worth a read!)

Disability Pride calls for celebration, hope, rebellion. We take shame, fear, and isolation, turn them around, and forge wholeness. Pride refuses to let the daily grind of ableism, discrimination, exclusion, violence, and patronizing define who we are. Pride knows our history, joyfully insists upon our present, and stretches into our future.

Wheelchair Dancer at cripwheels: disability is a feminist issue

By using disability as she does, she makes herself smaller, less objectionable to the man; she dismisses herself and undervalues herself. She does her best to dodge what might be a harsh remark
about her intellectual capacities. She does disability in the old way, a way in which the value of our diverse minds and bodies is not acknowledged. Her disability is a weakness that separates her from an actively feminist goal of being an equal partner in the conversation and the game.

Brittany-Ann at A Bookish Beemer: A Glimpse of an Employed Epileptic

I know. I’m saying it’s wrong. I’m saying that the hoops one has to jump through, if neurologically atypical as I am, just to ensure you’re not fired because of being neurologically atypical, is ridiculous. That I should first have to reveal my medical history (which is private) to my managers, then explain to them what epilepsy is, THEN explain how it affects me, to finally say that it might prevent me from coming into work someday in the future, maybe, is ridiculous.

WHEELIE cATHOLIC: Dear Illegal Parker

As I passed the half a dozen handicap spots, I noticed that your car didn’t even have a placard or plate. I wondered why even on Thanksgiving at a senior housing complex, someone would illegally park in an accessible spot. I suppose you didn’t think someone in a wheelchair might really need that spot.

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Solidarity: Disability Pride Parades

The city of Chicago has been holding a disability pride parade for seven years, and San Jose recently followed suit; they held a parade celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act last weekend. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any photos from that parade online, but I did find other photos of disability pride events, so I thought we’d spend today having a little virtual parade!

There are two things in this world I adore more than almost all others: Hanging out with fellow people with disabilities, and parades. Having the two in one spot sounds absolutely super.

Speak Out: Dancers. An integrated dance troupe performs.

This is Momo Dance, an integrated dance group from Calgary, performing at a disability pride event in 2006.

Speak Out: Better service for seniors. Seniors with disabilities at a disability pride event. One person carries a sign saying 'better service in the community for seniors! keep our dreams alive'

Disabled seniors at the same event.

Louder and Prouder: A wheelchair user with a sign reading 'louder and prouder.'

Another disability pride event in Calgary, this time in 2009.

Promoting a new perspective on disability: People marching with a banner for an independent living centre. There's a wheelchair user, and at least one service animal.

Photos from the same event.

Disability Pride Parade '06 in Chicago: people with disabilities seated in colorful floats in a Chicago street.

Chicago, 2006.

Disabled & Proud! A person holds up a sign reading 'We have a disability, but we can work and do other things. We are people with great dreams to live in our own apartment and have an active life.'

Chicago, 2007.

A wheelchair user and a walker, both wearing matching cowboy hats and pink feather boas. The walker is wearing a gay pride flag as a cape.

Finally, these women are in the Brighton Gay Pride Parade; ’cause disability pride can show up anywhere! I adore their matching cowboy hats.