I’m not sure how October managed to sneak up on me, though it probably has something to do with how busy grad school has kept me this past month. I can’t believe it’s already round-up time again! As always, I highly suggest pinning or bookmarking the round-up so you can come back to it whenever you have a few spare moments. Let me know what interested you the most, and if you think I missed anything.
My Latest for HuffPost
- The Real Social Problem Behind Telling Kanye West to Shut Up for Telling Wheelchair Users to Stand Up
- A woman faces the truth as she slowly goes blind and deaf – Rebecca Alexander has a disability causing her to go deaf and blind, and this article covers her story with such grace that I cannot wait to pick up her book!
- The Smart Home Is Going To Be A Huge Boon To Accessibility – Technology being used to improve accessibility makes me happy, plain and simple.
- Sex on wheels – “Margarita, With A Straw,” is a new film about a girl with cerebral palsy exploring her sexuality and based on what I’ve been hearing, it seems amazing. I’d love to see more of this in the media.
Disability Blog Posts
- The Pain of Passing My Disability on to My Child – Oh my, does this hit home. Sounds familiar to the story of me and my mother.
- The problem with “Spend a Day in a Wheelchair” – Yes, yes, a million times yes to this post! In case you don’t know how strongly I feel against disability simulation exercises, you can also check out my HuffPost article (which is linked at the bottom of Preston’s post) on why I Won’t Pretend That Disability Simulation Works.
- Disability simulations should be left in the 90s – In keeping with the theme of anti-simulation sentiment, Stella Young is an amazing advocate whose latest article on the problems with disability simulation is a must read.
- Who Am I To Stop It is loud – Just one more post on why disability simulation doesn’t work! Plenty of food for thought, and it’s written by one of my favorite activists, Cheryl Green. (Also, I’m a bit partial to it because Cheryl linked to my HuffPost piece and shared with me that I helped inspire this post. Such an honor!)
- This is What the Empty Room Means – This powerful piece sums up perfectly just how deep ableism runs in society, and it’s written by an advocate I respect who is a fellow American Association of People with Disabilities internship alum.
- Gabby Giffords and the Problem with ‘Inspiration Porn’ – Elizabeth Heideman is another fellow internship alum who has absolutely been nailing it with her pieces on disability lately. Inspiration porn has got to go.
- 5 Fundamentals Of Disability Awareness – Concise, to the point, and important to consider.
- Can we teach our kids to stop staring? – This post really gets me, because I know how it feels to have kids stare when they should really be taught to express polite, honest curiosity instead.
- Wheelchair Bound”: In Pictures! – Please, people, STOP using the term “wheelchair bound” already. It’s so inaccurate. This post is spot on in explaining why.