Four Years ago former Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings tweeted an offensive joke https://twitter.com/KenJennings/status/514125105426071553 So, why am I writing about a four-year-old tweet? Isn't it old news and basically irrelevant now? Unfortunately, no. This tweet caused controversy at the time and because it is still online, people are still using it to harass disabled people. I … Continue reading #HotPersonInAWheelchair and the Longevity of Bigotry
"Hey everyone, you should totally watch Atypical it's super informative about autism except for the pathologizing of misogyny, the uncritical look at the cult of compliance, the portrayal of autistic people as one dimensional more uncritical takes on using disabled family members as props for personal gain, serious misrepresentation of effective therapy and interventions but … Continue reading No, Bad TV Portrayals of Disability are Not Good Learning Opportunities.
With the recent vote for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Obama era Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a lot of discussion on who the AHCA will hurt. One of the (many) concerns is that the new legislation should it pass in the senate will roll back rules … Continue reading No, Canada Will not Cover Your Preexisting Condition
Image Description: Bill Nye a 61-year-old white man with grey hair stands atop the earth with his hands on his hips and lab coat billowing out behind him like a superhero's cape in a promotional image for his Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. When I first heard that Bill Nye would be starring in … Continue reading Bill Nye Saves the World from Disabled People
Image Description: Aut Fest Logo, the words Aut Fest appear in white on a black clap board (like they use to differentiate takes on film shoots) Dear Autism Society and Organizers of Aut Fest I am writing to you as an actually autistic person who is very concerned about the fact that you have … Continue reading Open Letter to the Autism Society Regarding Your Decision to Honour Ben Affleck
A little over a year ago a tweet went viral. https://twitter.com/awlilnatty/status/705375555030556672 Image Description: tweet with a picture of peeled oranges in plastic containers on a grocery store (whole foods) shelf. Tweet reads “If only nature could find a way to cover these oranges so we didn’t need to waste so much plastic on them” This … Continue reading Return of the Ableist Narrative: Why do We Keep Having to Demand Food Accessibility
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