Between the double-takes in office buildings and people who think they’re “helping” when trying to push my wheelchair without asking, there’s a few amusing/uncomfortable stories that come up. These are real interactions I’ve had, just in the month of June 2015. Aside from the last one, none of these situations involved people who seemed as… Continue reading Strange Situations – June addition
"Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It's much sexier than any body part.” - Aimee Mullins First of all I just want to say this is not the blog I intended to write tonight. I am well aware that there may be people reading this who do not agree with what I… Continue reading Can’t find work? Can’t find a partner? Why not be a phone sex worker?
The ‘R’ Word: Language does matter By MICHAEL BACH In the Ottawa Sun on Wednesday, Anthony Furey wrote a column titled ‘A lobbyist by any other name ...’ in which he sought to denigrate lobbyists and the politics of language by which some re-fashion themselves as ‘government relations’ experts. But he tracks the “history of… Continue reading The ‘R’ Word: Language does matter
Web accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties is one of the most overlooked subtopics of general web accessibility, despite it affecting the largest numbers. A large part of it is that there are so many conditions to understand in this area (far more than say visual or hearing impairments) and a… Continue reading Web #Accessibility for #Cognitive #Disabilities and #Learning Difficulties
The other day I was running a simple errand, getting some milk from the grocery store up the street, and decided to stop at a coffee shop to grab a bagel on my way home. I had been doing homework all day, and was dressed in comfortable clothing for the occasion. Ordinarily I wouldn't go… Continue reading Judge me not by the pants I wear
This talk by Aimee Mullins is amazing. She makes important points about the language of disability, and I think anyone who works with people with disabilities, especially children, should pay careful attention to these words. From my own experience, I can say that the language used around my disability was the biggest barrier I had… Continue reading Aimee Mullins TED Talk: The opportunity of adversity (and the power of words)