Congratulations on the baby, do you guys want a boy or a girl? Oh we don't care, just so long as the baby's healthy This is such a common conversation that occurs during early pregnancy and it makes many a disabled person cringe, myself included. Don't get me wrong, I understand the sentiment and as … Continue reading Pregnancy and the Fear of Disability on Facebook
Did you know that all the backlash against police misconduct that is currently happening in the United States is actually just people needlessly abusing poor kind police officers? You didn't? You probably think it has something to do with the spate of unnecessary deaths of black people at the hands of police. Police officers who … Continue reading Don’t Use Being Nice to Disabled People to Redirect Attention Away From Police Violence
Physical access for people with disabilities is crucially important for an inclusive society. We currently fall far short of being fully accessible. This is true pretty much everywhere, though some places are worse than others. It can be difficult to get people who do not face barriers to public access to take those barriers seriously … Continue reading Can We Please Stop Calling Able-Bodied People TABs
So today, I will be deviating from my usually disability focused writing because stuff like this really pisses me off. The above image reads Doesn't Make Much Sense, Does It??? Homeless go without eating. Elderly go without needed medicines. Mentally ill go without treatment. Troops go without proper equipment. Veterans go without benefits that were … Continue reading Sneaky Racism, I Wish You Wouldn’t Show Up in My Facebook Feed
The following post contains spoilers for the CW show The Flash Television shows based on DC Comics generally do pretty well in representing women and people of colour. In fact cast members and the creative team of The Flash recently patted themselves on the back for this. But the Flash has a problem with disability … Continue reading Hey DC Comics and The Flash, Diversity Covers Disability Too!
Comedian and disability rights activist Maysoon Zayid was recently featured in a Think Big video where she advocates for disabled people being given opportunities to be cast in film and television roles where the character is disabled. Currently the most common casting decision is to give those roles to nondisabled actors. The video is well … Continue reading When is Language Ableist or Offensive
So I am very passionate about the language of disability. I really want it to progress to a place where people are not misrepresented or marginalized by the language used to describe them. So I get very frustrated when nondisabled people coopt the narrative and through well intentioned ignorance set the movement for inclusive language … Continue reading When Supposedly Progressive Guides to Talking About Disability Get It Wrong