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
If You Care about Autistic People Don’t Just Perform Solidarity
So April is upon us and along with it Autism Bewareness Month (I stand by that word choice). Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day and I am already feeling suffocated by all of the faux awareness. Awareness would be great if it actually meant that people were actually educating themselves about the realities of autistic people. … Continue reading If You Care about Autistic People Don’t Just Perform Solidarity
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
When Social Justice Media “Allies” Get it Wrong
On Jan. 6th Seriously.tv--a social justice focused video producer--put out a new instalment of their series "Shutting Down the Bullshit...". The series is characterised by host Dylan Marron confronting either a noted activist or a group of people who are linked by a shared experience (race, religion, sexual assault) with stereotypes that they encounter as … Continue reading When Social Justice Media “Allies” Get it Wrong
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