Canadian blog

March 20, 2012 at 4:29 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Looks interesting. What sorts of people should there be?

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Found another

January 18, 2011 at 10:27 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

interesting blog/website re disability studies h/t to Wheelie Catholic

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As we speak…For Blogging Against Disablism Day 5/1/2007

April 30, 2007 at 6:23 PM (Assumptions, Attitude Adjustment, Disability Blogging) (, , , , , , , , )

As we speak or type, or sign….

First the good news…there has been what I can only call an explosion of blogs by and for and about people with disabilities and their allies in the past year…it’s tough to keep up, but fabulous to see so many. They aren’t comfortable simple, easy ‘happy happy’ stories…but they matter, and they give a glimpse into the worst and the best that happens around us, to us, and because of us, a joyful, painful, scary, wry, complex story that needs to be written. We’re writing, speaking, signing, typing all over the Internet and beyond into the mainstream media a time or two.

But, as we become more ‘visible’ the social model of disability, that theory that says that architectural barriers, as well as negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices about people with impairments ‘disable’ us more than physical difference ever could. rears up and gives us a new version of an old standard.

The idea that because we’re physically different, or our thought processes might be different, or our method of communication different…We shouldn’t have had an opinion, particularly about the Ashley treatment. Those who agreed with the procedure were outraged at our outrage, angry at our anger, snarky at our snark, or just plain clueless. Many spoke their mind in such a way that indicated that us *having* an opinion was so obviously riduculous and wrong that a ton of slurs came our way.

Excuse me???

We don’t *get* to have an opinion????

About *ourselves* or someone like us…What? We don’t *get* to have an opinion? We aren’t allowed to think? To question? To research? To try to explain to the able?

Why the *hell* not?

When the Ashley story broke, there was so much anger, even hate, that we would dare to wonder at what led to the decision to treat her in this way.

That almost bothered me more than the treatment itself. That it wasn’t just that the concerns of the disability community were treated as though we weren’t there…that was the old way, the pre-blogs-on-the-rise way…

The new way to “disable” our concerns was to be affronted, bitter, angry,spiteful that we *dared* to raise the questions that must be raised, if we’re to advocate for others of our tribe, the disabled, to be spared this… that we should just shut up and be quiet and be grateful that there were caregivers for us….

We’re not going to the back of the Internet.

There will be no wall built at some virtual “border” to keep us from writing.

There are no great flights of stone steps we must crawl up.

Our opinion has been hidden, limited or *missing* from discussions about medical treatment, education, employment,access, travel, architechure,institutionalization, for most of history.

It’s here now, and disagreement is expected, certainly. Examination of why we feel as we do. But not dismissal. Not abelist arrogance. (or worse condescension, the verbal equivalent of the pat on the head of a beloved pet…”That’s nice dear, now go sit back down.”)

*Listen to us!*

Before we’re gone and you can’t learn what you need to learn from us…

That there *is* *no* *normal!*

Just difference all ’round.

That we have an elegant and unique dignity all our own.

Before we and those like us are ‘perfected’ out of existence, or warehoused, or killed, or forgotten.

*Listen to us.*

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More from the best

April 1, 2007 at 8:31 AM (Uncategorized) (, , )

Blue’s Slumgullion…

Two “money quotes” from a review of Martha Nussbaums “Frontiers of Justice: Disability,Nationality,Species Membership.”
[People with disabilities] “…should nevertheless be considered full citizens entitled to dignified lives, even if no one could gain from cooperating with them. She notes that the social contract tradition has always denied the reality of dependency, despite the obvious fact that everyone is dependent on others during infancy, old age, injury, and illness. “


…Historically women have done most of the largely unpaid work of caring for dependents, so by ignoring women, the social contract theorists conveniently evaded the thorny issue of justice for dependents and caregivers. Nussbaum argues that justice for people with disabilities should include whatever special arrangements are required for them to lead a dignified life, and the work of caring for them should be socially recognized, fairly distributed, and fairly compensated…”

[Emphasis mine. My only quibble with Nussbaum is, I’d rather that the obstacles we face *not* be lumped in with the neglect of animals. It reinforces the idea that we are some sort of socieatal “pet” or “Pillow Angel” that needs tending.]

For the last three and so years as a country, America has seen fit to write “blank checks” for war and arms profiteering.

But the idea that “whatever special arrangements are required for [PWD’s] to lead a dignified life…” is simply a necessary part of this nation and the world’s business…

Supporters of limited government of course oppose any such thing. (They do of course, admit to the ADA and other international laws being binding [but they call it a ‘bad law’], and avow concern for people with disabilities, certainly, a concern that is geniuine for many of them, as far as it goes)… but when *that concern* comes into conflict with governmental or political or ideological concerns that they cherish….adherence to those tenents voids out any recognition of the cold hard fact of dependence, for *every human being* who does not die in their youth or prime. They will have some *time of dependence* short or long in their lives.

There is no shame in that, no disgrace.

Recognition of that, funding of that and ceasing to *whine* about that in various ways, is what those who favor limited government need to look in the face and get done.

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If you are a longtime disability activist person

September 15, 2006 at 11:07 AM (Uncategorized) (, )

Go to this post at the Gimp Parade and think about connecting/submitting.

It feels so good to have something like this conference to cheer about…

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