Definition of Ableist: Discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities characterizing them as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled. Pictures of Stephen Hawking walking away from his wheelchair, comments about he’s now being “freed” or “whole” are incredibly ableist and insulting to not only the man he was but also >> Read the full article here
For too long people with disabilities have been treated as second-class citizens. They have repeatedly been bombarded by messages that they their bodies are defective, that they need to be fixed or cured, and that their inability to participate fully in society is because of them and their disability. Carol Gill at the Chicago Institute >> Read the full article here
The terms “confined to a wheelchair” and “wheelchair bound” are judgements by people without disabilities about how it would be to live life in a wheelchair. For those who do not rely on wheelchairs, they may see life in a wheelchair as limiting, confining and restricting. For those who rely on wheelchairs, we know that >> Read the full article here
As a person with a disability, I know what it is like to be systematically and individually treated like lesser than other people. I know what it is like to be surprised when I see a person with a disability portrayed in popular media in a positive light because too often our portrayal is unrealistic >> Read the full article here
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not being a person who prefers organization and order, and the initials OCD should not be used as an adjective or figure of speech conveying those character traits. OCD is a serious anxiety disorder that can cause severe distress and it can impair one’s ability to function in life. All people >> Read the full article here
When I saw this quote I couldn’t help but think of the BC Liberals. People with disabilities are currently being attacked by the very people who were voted in to look after our interests. Taking a program that works, the bus pass program, and making it almost 14x more expensive (from $45 a year to >> Read the full article here
I am currently experiencing higher than usual pain levels, and am unable to keep up the blog. I hope to return to writing regular blogs in December.
I apologize for not posting for the past couple of months, this blog is still active, but I am taking a forced break as I deal with a chronic pain flare that doesn’t seem to want to end. I hope to have new posts again starting in April. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Parking: 1. If you do not have a parking decal for the parking space do NOT park in spaces marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility (as shown in photograph). Even if you think you are only stopping for a few minutes do not stop there unless you have the decal. These spaces are >> Read the full article here
Words matter. Words label. Words explain. Words create perception and misperception. Words can hurt. Words can limit. Words can lift. And words can convey powerful messages. Within the disability world there has been a shift towards “people first” language, whereby the person comes first and the disability comes second. This change in language is important >> Read the full article here