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  • Quote: Not a lack
    It seems difficult for nondisabled people to write about disability without reflexively imagining what disabled people are missing or how difficult their lives must be. Rod Michalko, a sociologist who is blind, writes that sighted people typically conceive of “blindness in terms of ‘lack’-lack of sight. But this conception does not really help us understand ...
  • Injury versus disability
    I have an injury – animal bites on my face, forearms and hands from a skirmish with a feral cat outside my office building. I’ve got quite a black eye with puncture wounds on my cheek, so my injuries are immediately visible. I’ve also got severe swelling in my left index finger so I can’t ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 11
    Note that a number of blog links, media reports, and the comments therein may contain questionable language and/or clear descriptions of abuse. A comment on Meloukhia’s post on Glee’s “Hairography” episode: Coming from a hard-of-hearing family, I was excited to see the deaf choir perform! I thought about going to find my little sister, who is profoundly ...
  • Book Review: Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
    A word of caution: This review is going to be quite short, as I have been struggling with “getting words out” for the past few days. Regardless, I think this is an important book, and might be of interest to my fellow FWD-ers (bloggers and commenters!). I touched upon the whole positive thinking movement (and why ...
  • Quote: “Who are ‘the Disabled’?”
    The disabled, therefore, are not a tangible and unproblematic collection of people but, rather, a population that is assumed to exist, a category into which able-bodied people can slot others who pose a threat to their own normal view of the world and to those who inhabit it, and into which those who identify themselves ...
  • Needs Are Not Special
    “Special needs” is one of those phrases that just kind of irks me. I see it most commonly used in reference to children or developmentally disabled adults; the implication in both cases is that the “special needs” individual can’t function without someone else’s help. That this person is totally dependent. And it carries, to my ears, ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 10
    Note that a number of blog links, media reports, and the comments therein may contain questionable language and/or clear description of abuse. Upstart Magazine: Social media – a barrier or tool for inclusion? Alex Varley, CEO of Media Access Australia, a not-for-profit devoted to promoting access to media for people with disabilities, says: ‘Social media are the ...
  • QuickPress: 9th Feminist Blog Carnival is up!
    9th feminist blog carnival! Goodie! More ways to procrastinate getting my essay done!
  • The Brain Is Still A Giant Mystery
    Optical illusions are one of those things that seem fun and frivolous but actually illustrate deep insights into how brains function. I recently saw an illustration of the “hollow mask illusion” over at the Wired Magazine Blog and it made my jaw drop. In the illusion, a person viewing a concave face (like the back ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 9
    Recommended Reading for Wednesday, December 9, 2009