Black Autistics Exist: An Argument for Intersectional...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on South Seattle Emerald: by ChrisTiana ObeySumner After more than a decade advocating for Intersectional Disability Justice, I received the honor of being voted the first Co-Chair of the Seattle Disabilities Commission who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. Ever since, I have turbo-charged my advocacy and study of intersectionalâ...
Fri, Dec 07 2018
Info & Resources for #StrawBan #SuckItAbleism Advocates
Rambling Justice If youâre here, either youâre trying to understand why people with disabilities NEED to have easy access to single-use, bendy, plastic drinking straws. OR, you already knowâand you need easy access to links, resources, and ammunition. This is NOT a comprehensive round-up of media links or resources. It never will be because thereâs too many. [âŚ]
Wed, Aug 01 2018
Infographics for #StrawBan #SuckItAbleism Advocates
Rambling Justice For the past few months, an increasing number of cities and states either have passed bans against single-use plastic straws or are thinking about it. And in the rush to push through these straw bans, decision makers have not spent nearly enough time listening to disabled people explaining how poorly considered or poorly designed laws [âŚ]
Mon, Jul 30 2018
Nope â Donât Need or Want Special Spaces â I Want...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on mssinenomineblog: ? Last week I wrote a letter. I posted it here. I thought the letter was fairly straight forward. I am typically direct. I try hard to keep the sarcasm to a minimum. (If you doubt how hard I work at that, you should read the drafts I delete.) I tryâŚ
Fri, Jul 13 2018
Please quit telling me to âcalm downâ when I give...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Cussin' and Discussin': Iâm going to lead with a quote from Jim Sinclair and discuss it: Most autistic people who are capable of formulating questions have frequently experienced the following scenario: We ask for information that we need in order to prepare ourselves for a new experience. Instead of answering our questions,âŚ
Tue, Jul 10 2018
If Only Your Stare Meant You Actually See Disabled People
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Crutches & Spice: I can feel your gaze. If you think youâre being slick, youâre not. I donât even have to look in your direction, I caught your head on a swivel from the moment you heard me coming. Am I odd to you? What is the story youâre concocting in yourâŚ
Wed, May 09 2018
Julie Murphyâs Quest to Humanize Fat Girls, by s.e. smith
Rambling Justice A rare interview with an author who has written unapologetically fat characters. Julie Murphy has written four young adult novels so far. In the article at the link, she is interviewed about her work, and her representation of fat girls, by writer s.e. smith. Click the title below to read the full interview: Julie Murphyâs [âŚ]
Wed, May 09 2018
I Was One of the Scary Kids
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Cracked Mirror in Shalott: Content note:Â ableism, stigmatization of Autistics and other PWDs, the Sandy Hook shooting I didnât want to write about the shootings at all. I knew a number of people (who Iâll link to throughout this post) and organizations would be posting and writing, working to counter the inevitable stigmaâŚ
Wed, May 09 2018
The Women of #BlackPanther and the Gospel of Doing It Yoâ...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Crutches & Spice: Thereâs a spirituality to black femme-dom. A current in the room when a group of black femmes get together. It is the lifeblood that courses through several nationsâeven ones we had no intention of traveling to to begin with. It is the reason I would go to church whenâŚ
Mon, Mar 05 2018
Labels arenât Just for Jars: Give Kids the Words to...
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Fri, Feb 23 2018
Review: Connection Error by Annabeth Albert
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Sense and Disability: Connection ErrorÂ has great characters, great story, and pretty great disability rep.Â Both main characters are disabled, which seems pretty rare in romances (though I know quite a few real-life couples who are both disabled.)Â Josiah is a video game programmer who has ADHD.Â Ryan is a Navy SEAL whoâsâŚ
Tue, Jan 30 2018
Autistic Moments: Autistics Should Be Sterilized
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Some Girl with a Braid: Recently, I encountered an âAutism Momâ who wrote that she thinks her son shouldnât be allowed to reproduce. She uses these words: âI am still deeply worried about the idea that he could get someone pregnant and yet could never be a real father â which isâŚ
Fri, Dec 01 2017
An Open Letter To @Twitter â Protect Epileptic Users From...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on My Autistic Dance: A couple of weeks ago, on and around August 10th there was yet another long-running argument being conducted on Twitter between anti-vaccine supporters on the one hand and autistic advocates on the other. Youâre probably thinking, âSo what?â These arguments go on almost constantly and what does it matter?âŚ
Tue, Sep 05 2017
Just Say the Word, Disability!
Rambling Justice Claiming the disability label ... doesn't mean that you stop working toward ... a more fulfilled life. It just means, acknowledging that you may need to do things differently.
Tue, Aug 22 2017
Forced Intimacy: An Ableist Norm
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Leaving Evidence: Photo of my wheelchair in a dark room, silhouetted against a doorway, with a large shirt outlined in lights hanging against a dark wall. âForced Intimacyâ is a term I have been using for years to refer to the common, daily experience of disabled people being expected to share personalâŚ
Tue, Aug 08 2017
Disability Discrimination and the Glorification of...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on crippledscholar: Image Description: Canadian Flag. A red maple leaf on a white background with red vertical stripes at either end. Today I came across two conflicting news articles, one of them Canadian, the other American. They both deal with the Canadian immigration system but they come to vastly different conclusions. The AmericanâŚ
Sat, Jul 15 2017
Can A Story Be Too Diverse? a Guest Post by Felix Yz author...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on LGBTQ Reads: Today on the site, we welcome Lisa Bunker, author of the just-released-yesterdayÂ Felix Yz! This Middle Grade debut features a gay protagonist, several other characters under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and a whole lot more. Hereâs the info: When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused insideâ...
Fri, Jun 09 2017
What Makes Institutions Bad
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Ballastexistenz: [I wrote this in response to a Dave Hingsburger post. Andrea Shettle asked me to post it here. Summary of my very long response: Most people donât have the foggiest clue whatâs bad about institutions. Whatâs bad is something you pretty much never hear about, which is the violence it doesâŚ
Fri, May 05 2017
New research shows role-playing disability promotes...
Rambling Justice A recent Hiram College (Ohio) study reveals that disability simulations often result in feelings of fear, apprehension and pity toward those with disabilities. Source: New research shows role-playing disability promotes distress, discomfort and disinterest [Comment from me â we knew this already from earlier, somewhat similar research, but here is new corroborating ...
Sun, Apr 23 2017
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Open Letter to People Writing Articles About Successful...
Rambling Justice Yes, this is good. But the way you frame this matters. When you say that the person accomplished X despite having disability Y, you help reinforce the concept that disability Y should normally be a barrier to achieving accomplishment X. These kinds of statements can actually reinforce negative assumptions about disability. This can imply that the personâs success is...
Tue, Apr 11 2017
Return of the Ableist Narrative: Why do We Keep Having to...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on crippledscholar: A little over a year ago a tweet went viral. --- Image Description: tweet with a picture of peeled oranges in plastic containers on a grocery store (whole foods) shelf. Tweet reads âIf only nature could find a way to cover these oranges so we didnât need to waste so muchâŚ
Mon, Apr 10 2017
Before I Resist and Persist, I Must Exist: Bioethical...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Tales From the Crip: I represented DREDF in this conversation but itâs stirred up a big case of the feels about âchoiceâ and being a liberal woman writer with a congenital disability, and the context this establishes for storytelling, and resisting and persisting. I continue, after 30 years of adult activism, toâŚ
Thu, Mar 16 2017
On Deaf Ableism: Disabled People Arenât Broken
Rambling Justice Originally posted on sigh less + live more: Disability â itâs a word that makes every other deaf person I know cringe, anger boiling in them as they protest the label being applied. They are separate from those people, they can do anything but hear, they are not limited by deafness. They see the word disabilityâŚ
Thu, Mar 02 2017
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If you are an immigrant (even US citizens), here are nine...
Rambling Justice How all US immigrants can protect themselves under Trump's new regulations. This includes US citizens, green card holders, people with student visas or temporary work visas, and undocumented immigrants. The video is in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captions. (You might need to toggle the captions on to see them)
Fri, Feb 24 2017
No, I donât Worry about Alienating Allies
Rambling Justice Originally posted on crippledscholar: I have noticed in my online activism that if I call out problematic behaviour or comment on the cultural context of disability being mentioned in particular contexts either by an ally or by someone who is perceived as an ally, I will often be chastened for the nebulous offence of âalienatingâŚ
Sun, Feb 19 2017
Disability is often written out of history. We need to ask...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Scope's Blog: As we continue to mark Disability History Month, Bekki Smiddy writes about Â chemist and inventorÂ Alfred Nobel. His legacy are the Nobel Prizes. Â Nobel experienced epileptic seizures throughout childhood and here Bekki talks about her own experience of epilepsy and why itâs important we recognise that disability is not aâŚ
Fri, Dec 23 2016
Have Your Voice Heard!
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Emma's Hope Book: For my Research and Writing English class this year I have to write a paper on a topic of my choice that weaves data and data analysis with factually based interpretation of that data. My research question for this paper is:Â To what extent is it possible toâŚ
Wed, Dec 07 2016
HEY! YOU! MEDIA! Top 5 Notes to Anderson Cooper Regarding...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Tales From the Crip: BREAKING NEWS! ADA HIT PIECE DENIES ONLINE STREAMING ACCESS TO DEAF, HARD OF HEARING COMMUNITY BY FAILING TO CAPTION SAID HIT PIECE! #OuroborosOfDiscrimination Top 5 Notes to Anderson Cooper Regarding His 60 Minutes Hit Piece That I Shot B-Roll For Once Upon a Time When It Was GoingâŚ
Tue, Dec 06 2016
An Open letter to NPR and Unlocking Dyslexia
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Nina G Comedian: Picture symbolizing dyslexia from NPRâs page. *This blog is written in my dyslexicon. Â I specifically didnât proof this for edits to demonstrate what my writing is without the standard edits. Â NPR went dyslexic this week for a series on different aspects of dyslexia. Â They offered some great information.âŚ
Mon, Dec 05 2016
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Just Stimming...: [Prepared text of a speech given atÂ the Autistic Self Advocacy Networkâs 10th Anniversary Gala on November 16th, 2016] Hello! Hello, and thank you all so much for being here. Howâs everyone doing? Great. Great, thatâs wonderful. Iâm so glad to see you all here. We had a lot of internalâŚ
Wed, Nov 23 2016
Rambling Justice Originally posted on autisticality: Chronoception chronoception:Â the sense and perception of time. Time perception is one of those things thatâs so taken for granted, itâs really difficult to actually explain or talk about. Time doesnât seem like something weÂ perceive or interpret, itâs just seems like something thatÂ is.Â But of course it is something weÂ i...
Tue, Nov 22 2016
Feeling the Weight: Some Beginning Notes on Disability,...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Leaving Evidence: This essay was originally published in Issue Ten of Makeshift Magazine. This is a beginning; a dive into waters that I swim every day, but have been taught not to speak about.Â I struggle with how to talk about love out loud in a way that holds access and doesnâtâŚ
Sat, Nov 12 2016
I see you, I welcome you: All Peoples Standing Together
Rambling Justice Because there are probably people who need to see this right now âŚ and yes Iâm thinking mostly of the US right now but also anyone in other countries who are also feeling upset and worried right now: To disabled people, including people with chronic health conditions and people who are neurologically diverse and people [âŚ]
Wed, Nov 09 2016
Reviving the concept of cousins.
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Ballastexistenz: Someone decided this was going to be Autistic History Month.Â I had another contribution I was going to write.Â In fact, itâs already almost written.Â But I ended up writing this instead.Â At first glance, it seems to be specific to autistic people.Â But while it applies to autistic people, itâŚ
Tue, Nov 01 2016
My Very Recent Experience with a Hate Crime for being Deaf
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Deaf Life for a Hearing Mind: Growing up mainstream and moving around like I did I hadâlike many Deaf and Hard of Hearing peopleâ a lot of issues with hearing peers bullying, mocking, making fun of and abusing me for my Deafness. And like many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people IâŚ
Thu, Oct 20 2016
The staggering costs of the chair- and dark-impaired.
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Ballastexistenz: I was accompanying a friend to the doctor a couple weeks ago, and we were sitting in the waiting room, both of us using wheelchairs. We had the following conversation, or something very like it (I wonât get the details right, but this is the gist): Her (to my staff): WeâŚ
Wed, Oct 19 2016
People Are Scared of Whatâs Different & Other...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on crippledscholar: The following will contain comprehensive spoilers of the new film The Accountant which opened today. I am going to start with a brief synopsis of the film, followed by a review based solely on the plot. Then I will dig deeper into the portrayal of disability (specifically Autism but not exclusively).âŚ
Sat, Oct 15 2016
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Just Stimming...: TW: Ableism, abuse Explaining my reaction to this: means I need to explain my history with this: 1. When I was a little girl, they held my hands down in tacky glue while I cried. 2. Iâm a lot bigger than them now. Walking down a hall to a meeting,âŚ
Sat, Oct 15 2016
The death of Alfred Olango, disability, and âfailure to...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Unspoken Politics: A black man, Alfred Olango, was killed by a police officer on Tuesday in El Cajon, CA. Itâs the first major city to the east of San Diego, about 20-25 minutes by car from where I live. Site of shooting in downtown El Cajon, Sept 27 2016 Not much isâŚ
Wed, Oct 12 2016
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Autistic Trans King: Content/trigger warning: inspiration porn, ableism In Tallahassee, Florida, an Autistic middle school boy who usually sat alone at lunch was joined by a Florida State University football player so he wouldnât be lonely. An Autistic young man whoâs a big fan of recently retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps writesâŚ
Mon, Sep 19 2016
What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?
Rambling Justice Originally posted on auditory processing disorder: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a collection of brain-based impairments in the processing of auditory information despite normal hearing levels. Due to hereditary factors, illnesses such as ear infections as a small child, or other factors (or a combinati...
Fri, Sep 16 2016
No Wheelchair Users Allowed in a Miami Beach Condo!
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Disability Independence Group Blog: Litigation: Siler v. Abbott House Condo By: Matthew Dietz Rachel Siler was looking forward to moving to Miami Beach in April 2016. Â Rachel went to art school in Chicago and after graduating from college she started working in the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movements. Aside from thisâŚ
Mon, Sep 12 2016
How the Media and Society Objectify Disabled People
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Paginated Thoughts: Introduction: Inspiration Porn We Could Be Next: The Risk of Being Filmed Inspiration Porn Hides Key Issues The Destruction of Privacy How Itâs Toxic for Us Conclusion: The Vicious Cycle Introduction: Inspiration PornÂ The most recent example of inspiration porn has crossed my Twitter feed. It is that a FloridaâŚ
Sat, Sep 10 2016
We Need to Stop Saying Things Like âThe Last Acceptable...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on crippledscholar: I came across an article yesterday entitled âLaughing at Dwarfism is the Last Acceptable Prejudiceâ. Itâs a great article actually. It talks about how the author and other people with dwarfism have both experienced general prejudice and the added bizarre phenomenon of having people basically ask them if it is okâŚ
Mon, Sep 05 2016
No, Automatic CRAPtions are Not Captions!
Rambling Justice CRAPtions = auto-generated captions that some hearing YouTubers use as an excuse for not providing actual, human-edited captioning. In this video, Rikki Poynter explains why the aut0-generated craptions are, in most cases, pretty much useless for deaf people who want to watch videos, and provides examples of really bad craptions. (The first 44 seconds, and [âŚ]
Wed, Aug 31 2016
How Will Sagamihara Shape The 2020 Tokyo Paralymics...
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Advertising & Disability: The Rio Paralympics havenât even started, and the games are already in a crisis of shifted funding for athlete participation, diminished staff and potentially empty stands. But the Sagamihara massacre and Japanâs surrounding miasma dealing with disability, make these hurdles seem small compared to what lies ahead for ...
Wed, Aug 31 2016
Ableism Explained: Using other Damaging Minority Stereotypes
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Crutches and Spice: With the recent theatrical release of Ableist propaganda film, Me Before You, disabled activists have raised their voices in anger over the portrayal of disability and the suicide of the main character. This have left many able-bodied people asking: whatâs the big deal? Their desire to see a filmâŚ
Wed, Aug 31 2016
Rambling Justice Join the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter.
Sun, Aug 21 2016
Return of the Dissies
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Disability Remix: We here at the Paul K. Longmore Institute are dedicated to reshaping the way that people view disability. Since mainstream media is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to perpetuating outdated ideas and stereotypes, weâre happy to cohost Superfest International Disability Film Festival each fall with Lighthouse forâŚ
Thu, Aug 18 2016
Ableism on the Left
Rambling Justice Originally posted on Paginated Thoughts: Hereâs some things that highlight for you that ableism is not just a right-wing issue: My friend got called the r-slurÂ for being an ally to the mental health community and penning an opinion piece on âStop calling Trump crazy.â The sad and terrible irony is so great I donât knowâŚ
Tue, Aug 16 2016
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