There has been quite a bit of discussion around whether it is appropriate to speculate about whether Donald Trump has a mental illness. The rhetoric and armchair diagnosis of Trump is already happening and it's important to look at the arguments for why people are doing that and perhaps more importantly whether people should. I … Continue reading On the Medicalization of Donald Trump
British Broadcaster Channel 4 (which has the broadcasting rights for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio) recently released their trailer for the games and it's getting a lot of positive attention. Here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocLkk3aYlk Here's a version audio described by Australian comedian Adam Hills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKGOWavFvHc I've actually been trying to write this piece for several … Continue reading Can We Talk About that Paralympics Ad?
There are so many of those lists explaining how to speak to disabled people respectfully. They are generally well intentioned and some of them are even really good. There is however an almost universal element that I wish would be retired. They inevitably include a statement that disabled people should ALWAYS be referred to using … Continue reading Could You Please Stop Insisting that People Have to Use Person First Language
I am sick of seeing people responding to evidence of inaccessibility with "but it wasn't designed for you". This argument has been used to both try and shut down calls to make inaccessible things more accessible (which is what I'll be focusing on) and to limit access to accessible things that have been deemed unnecessary … Continue reading But it Wasn’t Designed for You: How Ignoring Accessibility Becomes the Excuse for Perpetuating Inaccessibility
I think one of the clearest examples that I experience regularly that disability is not an accepted experience is that I can't casually reference the experience of being disabled without being met with either pity or inappropriate questions. Sometimes it is both. For me disability is a huge part of how I experience the world. … Continue reading Mentioning Disability is not an Invitation for Commentary or an Inquisition
There is so much I want to say about disability and menstruation. So much that I could never fit it into a single post. I have noticed that there is very little written about disability and menstruation generally and what little there is is most often not written by disabled people. As a result a … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Disability, Periods, and Alternative Menstrual Products
On Friday CTV News ran a story titled Six in 10 Adults with Disabilities can't Benefit from Disability Tax Credit. The main focus of the piece is on the fact that the credit is non-refundable. This means that in order to benefit from it the recipient actually has to make enough money to pay taxes. … Continue reading Problems with the Disability Tax Credit Run Deeper than it Being Non-Refundable