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  • The Labor of…
    Moderatrix Note: “The Labor of…” is a somewhat intermittent series to re-explore things in daily life taken for granted before living with chronic pain and/or disability.  This is a space to share experiences. Dressing. I was never, and am not now a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination or definition of the word.  I have had ...
  • Fort Hood Shootings
    As you may have heard, this afternoon at Fort Hood in Texas, a shooter killed 12 and wounded 31 people. The shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was killed during the incident. While this is not a breaking news blog, my initial reaction was fear that the shooter had or could be construed to have had ...
  • Hipster Ableism
    Note: This post contains spoilers for current episodes of Glee, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. There’s a particular brand of humour which seems to be extremely popular in the United States right now. It may, of course, be popular in other regions of the world as well, but since ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 5, 2009
    Recommended Reading for November 5, 2009
  • Mental Health Coverage Makes Economic Sense
    There are a lot of reasons to support health care reform and the inclusion of mental health treatment in that reform. I personally support it because I think health care (including mental health care) should be a basic human right of every human being and believe our government has a moral and humanitarian obligation to ...
  • And if this keeps up, there won’t be any
    Crip Drag is when a character has a disability, but the actor playing that character doesn’t have whatever disability they are portraying. Recent examples that come to mind are Kevin McHale, who plays Artie on Glee, any wheelchair-using villain you see in Doctor Who, and whoever got the role of Eleanor Perry in the ...
  • Guest Post: To Whom It May Concern
    My life is not a fucking tragedy.
  • Advocacy in Flawed Systems: Using Shackling Language to Help a PWD?
    In my professional life, I’m an advocate at a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to low-income folks. I work primarily in the area of public benefits, which means I’ve done a lot of work with the program from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assist low-income folks with permanent disabilities: Supplemental Security Income ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 4
    Recommended Reading for November 4, 2009
  • Getting It Wrong: Rate Your Students and Ableism
    As some of you may know, I am a graduate student getting my Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies. I currently have vague career aspirations of getting my PhD or at least remaining in academia in some capacity; my academic interests primarily have to do with feminist ...