Chatting, reading, or [****** ****]

May 31, 2007 at 8:06 PM (Assistive Technology) ()

There’s been an FCC ruling today that seems to require digital phone to meet the same accessibility standards as standard phone systems, that should open up an easier transition for folks with impairments interested in amping up their phone experience….

But, as the technology aimed at making books [full works, not excerpts] ages out, and a new one takes its place…a negative query from a federal agency may mean that truly digitized books, have a ways to go… (LiveJournal login may be required to access that link)


I don’t know if I’m ready for assistive tech in this situation, but PWD’s as a class are known for their creativity and adaptability so… the 19th Floor blog brings us ….making some time 

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Cognito Ergonomics

May 31, 2007 at 7:35 PM (Assistive Technology)

Sometimes assistive measures can be tiring and complex…even if they work.

My legs are foreshortened from the knee to the ground (about an inch or so less than the people I know without CP)

My arms are also shortened from the elbow to the tip of my longest finger.

First and foremost, if I sit at a computer, say, at at home or elsewhere, the most important thing is that the feet be absolutely flat on the floor (for one thing I have no arches, and anyone, able or not, who has sat in a chair that lets their legs dangle knows that that can hurt.

But, since they’re short, I lean forward in my chair to make sure they stay flat, and that throws the Ergonomically Preferred posture of sitting straight up and having the forearms at a 90 degree angle…. Speech Recognition helps the wrists and I know how to pad them but the back is going to be slightly thrown out no matter how I sit.

The back, the wrists, the feet…I’d no idea they could be busily working *against* one another…

It’s hard to consciously keep one’s posture in the forefront of the mind…

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Another provoking list

May 30, 2007 at 7:46 PM (Uncategorized) (, , )

1. Able persons using the ‘tragic’ word, not for the person in their lives with the impairment, but for their caregiving burden. Making it *all about them* and not about the person with impairment.

(While real, it’s often not on the same footing with the social and attitudinal difficulties faced by the person with impairment themselves)

2. Is it just me, or when lawmakers and judges making decisions about a gender, race, class, ability level *other than their own,* do you cringe at some of their logic? I do.

The number of unfounded assumptions made based on gender, race, or orientation, as well as impairment are just mind boggling…

And don’t get me started on the humiliation visited upon heavyset people.

3. No-one, can discern the activity level or eating habits of someone based on their appearance. They *think* they can, but they can’t

Do you automatically know that overweight person didn’t just come from the gym?

*No, you don’t*

Do you have a security camera in their refrigerator so you know exactly what they eat or *do you think you should be entitled to one?*

No, you don’t and no, no camera for you.

I know the folks at Big Fat Blog won’t like me linking to any comonalities experienced by both heavy and disabled persons (at the former Blogger blog, I was taken to task for seeing common threads, because, *in no way* would they want *fat* listed as a disability…

Which feels to me like just another way to start singing “There’s No Oppression Like My Oppression Like No Oppression I Know…”

…but I’m not trying to do that…I’m pointing out that similar things happen to both groups, )

The thin and able somehow think, that if you have an impairment or,

you are fat,

It permits them to do more than point and laugh and make jokes….

You are expected to allow total strangers to accost you on the street and tell you to get healed, get medicine, get to the gym, go get carved up…in short, to allow boatloads of unsolicited (usually crappy ) advice about how to Be an Inspiration, or Fix Your Life….all with the subliminal “Go away, your body makes me uncomfortable,” shining like a mental neon light.

Don’t assume. That’s the answer, in short…don’t assume you either know what’s best for a stranger, or that even worse, you have a right to discuss personal matters with a stranger.

Difference does not permit you to sacrifice courtesy.

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May 29, 2007 at 6:19 AM (Assumptions, Attitude Adjustment, family)

How does one go about grieving somebody who isn’t actually deceased?

I’m not going to go into detail here.

But…I have to start doing that for my maternal parent.

I have to act as though she’s gone.

Because things went down this weekend that means the only sane choice for *me* is to do that.

But I’ve never been one to eventually calm Zen-like acceptance of such things…when my husband and then my father died, it was a year long very public wrestle with what you go through when you grieve.

My life right now cannot stand up to another seismic shift of that nature…

How do I grieve someone without upsetting the boring but necessary parts of my life that have to move forward…

I’m uncharacteristically quiet today offline, and I’m usually a chatterbox…

I’m trying to figure out how to do this…

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More on Actors with Impairments…

May 24, 2007 at 7:40 PM (Acting, Actors with Impairment)

    is here

And I wish I’d seen the ER episode referenced…sounded like a winner…

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