Image Description: Poster for the Netflix Documentary Crip Camp. The Title is in white in the upper left corner. In the background are white buildings in the foreground a shirtless black man leans a guitar over his right shoulder while pushing a white young man wearing trousers and a white shirt in his wheelchair Near … Continue reading Crip Camp: It is Necessary and Important
We live in a world that is fundamentally inaccessible to disabled people. Physical access to public space is still a significant barrier. Social policies also make it difficult for disabled people to participate in society. Yet, these issues rarely make the news unless they are perceived as particularly callous. Consider when Calgary Airport removed wheelchair … Continue reading The Ineffectiveness of Sentiment Masquerading as Disability Solidarity
The disability anecdote is something that I'm sure most if not all disabled people have faced. At its most basic it can simply be someone, having discovered they are in the presence of a disabled person who feels compelled to create some bizarre sense of false common ground. The scenario generally involves a nondisabled person finding … Continue reading My Son’s Swim Coach’s Second Cousin’s Wife has a Student With Cerebral Palsy: The Disability Anecdote
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?
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
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
There is so much I want to say about disability and menstruation. So much that I could never fit it into a single post. I have noticed that there is very little written about disability and menstruation generally and what little there is is most often not written by disabled people. As a result a … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Disability, Periods, and Alternative Menstrual Products