*Satire* Vancouver is planning to ban disposable plastic straws despite it being an important accessibility tool for many disabled people VANCOUVER--As Vancouver moves forward with a proposed ban on disposable plastic straws in a bid to reduce plastic waste, the city council is pleased with how the city's businesses are preparing to deal with the … Continue reading Vancouver Very Impressed by How People Plan to Adapt to the Straw Ban by Serving Milkshakes in Plastic Bowls with Plastic Spoons
I have set up a patreon page. I really want to add accessibility options to this blog but unfortunately, I have to be at a higher account level than I currently am and I can't afford the upgrade on my own. I need a guaranteed income so that I can not only afford the upgrade and … Continue reading I Have a Patreon Now: Please Help Me Make crippledscholar More Accessible
But wasn't it nice of them? Shouldn't people who do things like this be rewarded? These are the questions I am often asked when I critique inspiration porn. Particularly around stories that heap praise on nondisabled people for their assistance of disabled people. The answers to these questions and their accompanying justifications are more complicated … Continue reading But Wasn’t it Nice of Them?: How Praising the Helpers Can Lead to Less Aid
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
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
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)
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?