I love doing these slumgullions, but with the first Disability Blog Carnival coming up at Disability Studies, Temple U. I may focus here more on non-blog slumgullionish stuff. Or maybe there will be so much disability blogging I can gather the leftovers here. We'll see how it goes.
- Mark Boatman at Nodakwheeler had planned to escape the South Dakota nursing home he was stuck in (because of the state's lack of funding for in-home care) last May, but it didn't go as planned. Happily, he has recently made a successful break and is enjoying his freedom in Montana.
- In "Born that way," Third Culture Kid(s) makes a connection between racial outsiderness and being born with a disability.
- Neonatal Doc writes about the reasons prospective parents give (or tell themselves) when they decide to abort a fetus with birth defects. The comments are long and varied, as well. Via Grand Rounds 3.1
- Suzuki unveils prototype fuel cell electric wheelchair. Um, I think it looks like a uncomfortable tinker toy, but it is interesting.
- The online poetry journal Slope presents an American Sign Language Poetry Special Edition. Be sure to watch the video of "Flying Words." The poetry is pretty cool too.
- Lisa Ferris at A Letter to My Children tells the long and winding tale of making friends at a church when everyone seems uncomfortable with her disability:
People just wouldn't talk to me. It is one of those things that is hard to put your finger on. Like there are a thousand little ways that people disregard you. And if you looked at each one, you may not think it is a big deal, and some individuals may have even had a very legitimate excuse that has nothing to do with you, but when you put them all together over time...you can only conclude that a large number of people really don't have any interest in getting to know you. I asked people out for coffee and I got turned down every time. I would go up to people and talk and they would make a hasty exit. Once this woman came up and talked to me and I was fiddling around with my hearing aid from having been using the FM system. I said, "I'm sorry, my hearing aid wasn't working and I didn't get all that you said." She said, "So you just let me go on talking when you couldn't hear me?" I said I got the gist of what she said but I might have missed some things. She made a hasty exit and has never talked to me again. I have even said hi to her by name and she doesn't even say hi back. I used to go home from church after this stuff would happen again and again and just feel like crap. Part of it was just asking myself what I was doing wrong or that was so awful? If the Unitarian Universalist can't deal with me, who can?
- I'm eager to hear all kinds of opinions on this: "Right-wing disability" video.
- Pambazuka News covers the problems of sexual violence for disabled women in Kenya.
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