Image description: Book cover for Mine For Keeps by Jean Little. A girl sits among foliage wearing a white hat and a pink coat. She is cradling a little white dog and and underarm crutch can be partially seen next to her. (Source) This post contains spoilers. As part of my requirements for my PhD … Continue reading Rereading my Childhood for my Dissertation: Mine for Keeps
I can't wait to get into the meat of this dissertation. The stories of disabled people are important and far to often not told or worse, told by someone else.
Image description: Geese blocking traffic as though they are a picket line The CUPE 3903 York University strike is not a topic on which I am an expert. I was an active local member throughout the strike that lasted from March 5- July 25 2018. It was a surreal experience not least of all because … Continue reading The Emperor Wore Jorts: An Autopsy of the CUPE 3903 2018 Strike from the Perspective of a Disabled Union Member
I recently spent eight days in the Humber River Hospital psych ward. It was a strange experience, made stranger by the fact that my presence on the ward made it an atypical experience not just for but for those who work there as well.
Image description: A blond white woman with cerebral palsy stands in a patch of tall grass in a garden outside the Humber River Hospital. She is smiling from her brief reprieve from the Psych ward. Hi Everyone, It's been a while and I'll admit up front I might not be getting actively back into blogging … Continue reading A Long Overdue Update
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
CW: This post contains discussion and descriptions of sexual harassment, violence and bullying Considering the Kathy Lette article in the Daily Mail (which I wrote about here and Carly Findlay wrote about here). I want to offer my own narrative of disability and sexuality, a narrative that isn’t driven by a parent or other third … Continue reading Undesirable: Toxic Romantic Dreams, Disability, Sexuality and Relationships