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  • Ableism and the Aussie Battler
    I want to talk about how Australia’s ideas of the ideal Australian exclude people with disabilities. But first I have to explain a little about the Australian national myth. The ideal Australian figure is known as “the Aussie battler”. Essentially this is an ordinary man working hard to get by and support his family without complaining. ...
  • Guest Post: Negotiating Disableism
    What I have learned is that ridding oneself of disableism, is a process that is not easy but so very necessary. Each time I am reduced by the assumption of another, it causes me to examine the ways in which my language or behaviour support this. It took time to understand that though ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 28
    Recommended Reading for October 28, 2009
  • Why I Identify As Disabled
    For a long time, I’ve struggled with whether or not to identify as ‘disabled’ (or as a ‘person with a disability.’) It’s only very recently that I’ve identified myself that way in my own thoughts, and even more recently that I’ve begun identifying that way publicly. (As in, my name listed as a contributor to ...
  • Guest Post: Why I Say I’m Okay
    It is a philosophical statement. Fundamentally, I am OK. I am privileged to have a comparatively easy life, with an understanding partner, a beautiful shining child, and the resources to do most of the things I need to do to be OK in the long run.
  • Recommended Reading for October 27
    I’m writing this four days before you’ll see it. (I write most of my posts from the past, due to my schedule.) I mention this so people know that I’m not ignoring recent posts, I’m just not seeing them yet. Disability & Desire: The Dance of the Heart – This is a pointer link. ...
  • Scooterblogging: I’m Right Here
    (This was originally posted at Hoyden About Town on July 29, 2009, and has been edited for FWD) I got a scooter just a few months ago. It’s red, and shiny, and its name is Smaug. It’s made my life vastly better. No longer do I struggle to walk the block to school pickup, and ...
  • Disability Blog Carnival 59 is up!
    The fabulous and amazing Liz Henry has up a variety of awesome posts for the 59th Disability Blog Carnival! The theme for the Disability Blog Carnival #59 is Work and Disability. It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Thank you to Penny from the Disability Studies Blog for co-ordinating the Disability Blog Carnival through 60 issues! Thank you ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 26
    Recommended Reading for October 23.
  • Umbrella Terms
    My pet peeve: Labeling “othered” groups as though everyone who falls under that umbrella term has the same needs to achieve full inclusion in society.