Confession: The label of “nice” has benefited me as a woman and a disabled person. A smiling face has literally opened doors for me. I’ve pretended to be fine to get things I’ve needed or just to avoid confrontation. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with that, perhaps we should reward “niceness” is society, but what happens… Continue reading The Privilege of Niceness
Privacy has a bit of a different meaning for me than most people. I hire people to help me shower and help me dress. This is not something I am ashamed of, or that makes me less than anybody else. I’m ok with it, partly because I’ve always had to live with it, but mostly because… Continue reading Some thoughts on Disability, Privacy, and Privilege
On October 13th, 2012 the disability community once again made their voices heard on the streets of Toronto. They marched with a goal to bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as we fight against ableism and other forms of oppression, but they also marched to celebrate and take pride in… Continue reading People with Disabilities March and Roll on the Streets of Toronto
I know I haven't been on this blog for a while, so maybe I'm a little late to test the loyalty of the few who read it, but I really need some help here. I had to give it a try. Before I get into that, let me first explain what I've been up to… Continue reading The Most Important Post I’ll Ever Write
It's one in the morning as I write this, I'm waiting to post it until morning because I'm pretty tired, but I wanted to get this out. I'm sitting here trying to drown out this rushing water sound in my ears, no doubt caused by listening to my building's fire alarm for a half hour,… Continue reading Trapped! Reporting from the Eleventh Floor
Find out about the march It's not a question of if austerity will impact Canadians with disabilities, but a question of when. We need only look over to the UK for proof. Coalition proposals with see the Disability Living Allowance cut in that country by 20%, pushing those people into increasing poverty. Hate crimes against… Continue reading Canadians with Disabilities, it’s Time to Take the Gloves Off
When: Sat, October 29, 12pm – 3pm Where: Nathan Phillips Square to Occupy Toronto (St. James park) Join us at the square, & come down to Occupy Toronto if you can! Why Disability Pride? As a recognition of recent injuries and deaths of people with disabilities in interaction with Toronto Police. This march is not… Continue reading Toronto Disability Pride March ~ this Saturday!