The Problem With Paternalizing Disabled People to Protest Donald Trump

More than a week after the 2016 US election many people are still in shock at the result. People are still trying to piece together how Donald trump won and at the same time voice their horror at his election. This is entirely understandable considering the bigotry that was the backbone of Trump's campaign which … Continue reading The Problem With Paternalizing Disabled People to Protest Donald Trump

Can We Talk About that Paralympics Ad?

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?

Could You Please Stop Insisting that People Have to Use Person First Language

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

But it Wasn’t Designed for You: How Ignoring Accessibility Becomes the Excuse for Perpetuating Inaccessibility

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

Mentioning Disability is not an Invitation for Commentary or an Inquisition

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

Problems with the Disability Tax Credit Run Deeper than it Being Non-Refundable

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

No, Your Violence and Lack of Accommodation is Not Our Fault

So, a disabled woman set off the metal detector at an airport. This triggered additional screening. Her mother attempted to inform the TSA agents of her daughter's needs. They ignored her. The woman became confused and tried to get away from the TSA agents. They tackled her to the ground and left her bloody. She … Continue reading No, Your Violence and Lack of Accommodation is Not Our Fault