Guest Post: The Unwritten Dress Code For Service Dogs at Graduation

    Graduation season is again upon us, which means students across the US and Canada are donning their graduation regalia and marching across the stage. It is also the time of year local news agencies around the country start reporting on the adorable service dogs that are also prancing along the stage with their … Continue reading Guest Post: The Unwritten Dress Code For Service Dogs at Graduation

No, I don’t Worry about Alienating Allies

I have noticed in my online activism that if I call out problematic behaviour or comment on the cultural context of disability being mentioned in particular contexts either by an ally or by someone who is perceived as an ally, I will often be chastened for the nebulous offence of "alienating allies". When this happens, … Continue reading No, I don’t Worry about Alienating Allies

I have Concerns about The March for Science

The presidency of Donald Trump has created a lot of social unrest. It has also resulted in significant protests. Most notably to date, The Women's March on Washington which saw millions of people worldwide come out against Trump and his policies. The march was widely lauded but did garner significant criticism for issues of inclusion … Continue reading I have Concerns about The March for Science

I’ve Upgraded My Blog So Please Update Your Bookmarks

I have upgraded my blog and now have my own domain so please update your bookmarks. The new web address for this blog is simply http://www.crippledscholar.com. This change will hopefully make my blog easier to find.   Maintaining a domain costs money so if you would like to support me and my continued blogging you … Continue reading I’ve Upgraded My Blog So Please Update Your Bookmarks

Disability as Punishment in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

This post contains spoilers for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I recently finished watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix. It's a show based on books by Douglas Adams (who also wrote The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy). The premise of the show really defies coherent summary. You have to watch all eight … Continue reading Disability as Punishment in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

“The Accountant” Tries To Be a Unique & Authentic Portrayal of Autism Using By the Numbers Stereotypes and No Actual Autistic People

The Accountant (which stars Ben Affleck & Anna Kendrick) is a film about an Autistic forensic accountant who is also a highly skilled hit man. The people behind the film (which opens on October 14) were featured in a recent LA Times article regarding what they did to make sure that the portrayal of an … Continue reading “The Accountant” Tries To Be a Unique & Authentic Portrayal of Autism Using By the Numbers Stereotypes and No Actual Autistic People

Disabled Women & Sexual Objectification (or the Lack Thereof)

Today in The New York Times Opinion pages there was a piece called Longing for the Male Gaze. It is a personal account of a disabled woman's experiences of not being socially perceived as sexually desirable. I have mixed feelings about the piece. On one hand while it is reasonably well known that disabled people … Continue reading Disabled Women & Sexual Objectification (or the Lack Thereof)