March is as I've been repeatedly made aware Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month--please take a moment to pause and simply be aware of my existence--as a result, there have been awareness campaigns (usually in the form of patronizing memes) that pop up in my social media feeds. There has been one that I was particularly interested … Continue reading I have Cerebral Palsy and I Tried the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s New Fitness App
About a month ago this video of Cosmologist Stephen Hawking was released onto the internet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A92o9O4FZ7Y The video is not a lecture on physics as on might expect from someone who is perhaps the most famous scientist alive today. Instead, it is a video decrying the horrors of the "obesity epidemic". Vague statements are made … Continue reading Disability is Not the Bogeyman, Stop Using it as a Threat
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?
When Nike released their heavily marketed shoes for disabled people in July of 2015, I was excited. All of the media (and there was a lot of media) proclaimed these shoes as being for disabled people. The thing was they really weren't. At the time of their original release they were only available in men's … Continue reading I Bought a Pair of Nike’s Shoes for Disabled People, They’re Not Really that Accessible: A Review
A headline from People proclaims "Nike's New Sneaker Will Solve a Very Important Problem for People with Disabilities". Similar headlines can been found from USA Today, Huffington Post, Glamour, and so many more. Another key article title comes from theshoegame.com it reads "Nike Designs Flyease to Improve the Quality of Life for Disabled Athletes". All … Continue reading Nike’s Shoe for Disabled People Doesn’t Include Disabled Women
I recently wrote a general post about the insidious undertones of inspiration porn. In it I explain why even using noteworthy accomplishments by disabled people as easy inspiration is problematic. I talk about how difficult and expensive it can be for disabled people to even participate in athletic endeavours. To give some further context, I … Continue reading My Excuse is Not Invalid, My Experiences as a Disabled Person in Athletics