• 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
  • Final Carnival Reminder!
    Today is the deadline for submissions for the Disability Carnival. If you emailed something to carnival at and didn’t get some variation of “I got your submission! Thank you!”, then I haven’t received it. The alternate address is 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.)
  • Recommended Reading for November 16
    Recommended Reading for November 16, 2009
  • Glee: “That’s why we call it dismissing legitimate concerns instead of acting”
    Basically, after a three week hiatus, the show came back last week, and wow, was there a lot of press about it. Not because of the show’s performance, or the show’s “diversity” award, but because of the controversy that has been suddenly generated by the show.