A horse for a service animal? Interesting.
Ruth’s back-up aide didn’t show up. She offers this prayer. I hope today is a better day for you, Ruth.
A pharmacist is fired by Walmart because of his diabetes. This is why we need the ADA Restoration Act.
These are my reflections on my interview project. I am recording the stories of people living with disabilities. Personal, real stories - be they humorous, sad, angry, fun, or ... whatever! Comments are welcome.
The carnival is an assortment of posts on the wide-open theme of "If...." Looks like lots of creative responses - I hope you'll check them out!
If we spent less time talking about Britney Spears ……
*The dramatic fall in gossip would lead to a gigantic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and global warming would slow.
*The media would have to find something else to fill their magazines, websites, and talkshows – say the Iraq War? Crises in Darfur and Somalia? Healthcare for children?
*With all our extra time, we could actually research the Presidential candidates and cast informed votes in the primaries.
*Maybe people could fill the profound silence by listening to the perspectives of minority groups, such as people with disabilities.
How can it not break your heart to hear of people being treated as less than human? I know it can be seen over and over again around the world, but it still feels like a punch in the stomach, knocking me breathless and sapping my energy.
Last January, I was shocked to learn of the decision and public support for the surgical and hormonal alteration of a 6 year old girl. Now it's happening again, this time in the UK, and this time I feel older and I am not surprised; I just feel great sadness. Why is it that our societies don't or won't support families challenged by the care of their loved ones with disabilities? How do we convince ourselves that we don't need to think creatively, that we don't need to problem-solve, that we can jump right in and tinker with the healthy body parts of another person?
I hope I never am convinced. I'd rather feel a punch in the stomach than cold, mind-numbing apathy.
Penny Richards at Disability Studies at Temple U is continually updating links to bloggers' views on this issue.
When the Slippery Slope Becomes a Mudslide - Exceptional Parent's position statement
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Modify the System, Not the Person from the Disability Rights Education Rights & Education Defense Fund