- 9 hours ago
Three MG/YA novels featuring little people as protagonists:
We haven’t reviewed any of these books at Disability in Kidlit yet, so we’d love to hear people’s thoughts!
(Warning that Big Girl Small does contain a rape scene!)
(via telephonoscope)Source: disabilityinkidlit
- 15 hours ago
hey fun fact! if you refer to autism as a “spectrum” and use phrases like “high functioning” and “low functioning” you’re ableist!
Uh, no, the idea of an autism spectrum isn’t ableist. The idea that it goes from high to low is really fucked up though.
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
Someone walks over to our step to say hello. She bends at the waist, looming over Brooke.
Brooke doesn’t look up. She doesn’t stop stripping her stick.
Dig. Pull. Dig. Pull.
Our visitor reaches out a hand and cups it below Brooke’s chin.
I freeze. Oh God.
She uses the hand to pull Brooke’s head up by the jaw.
A thin line of panic starts somewhere deep. I know that Brooke is going to scream. 5,4,3,2 …
She does scream, but not in the way that I expect.
“I HATE BEING TOUCHED!!” she shouts.
I am flabbergasted.
Words. Self-awareness. Communication. Self-advocacy.
I know the sentence will need to be reformatted. But I am drenched in pride.
I turn to Brooke. “Great job telling us how you feel, Brooke. Really great job.” I hope that my words send a message to both of them. I stand with my girl.
Our visitor is undaunted.
“I just want to see that beautiful face,” she says. “Lift up for me.”
I am stymied by etiquette. By deference to our host. By generational difference. By convention.
Brooke is not.
She lifts her head as instructed. And growls."
This has probably been posted before, but this knocks me for a loop - a blogger and her autistic daughter had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks, and this is how one of the noisiest voice in the autism community treated her daughter.
What knocks me for a loop isn’t so much Wright’s awful behavior. It’s the unbelievable strength and self-advocacy that the blogger Jess’s daughter, Brooke, shows when someone violates her personal space. It’s her mother backing her up for making sure someone knows that they are not permitted to touch her unless she says it’s okay. Honestly, it’s heartening. I hope Wright felt real fucking uncomfortable. She should.
- 2 days ago
- 2 days ago
There are more problems for Hillsborough County School District’s troubled transportation system. A 9 year old special needs child was left on a bus this morning.According to the school district, 9 year old Tamya Joseph was supposed to be dropped off at Maniscalco elementary school.
spoiler: tamya was ok, unlike the two disabled kids who were killed by neglect in that school district in ‘12.
how many dead kids do i have to reblog EVERY WEEK before tumblr starts giving a flying fuck about disability rights?
Schools don’t deal with health concerns adequately at all. Even students with chronic conditions get screwed over. Imagine how bad it must be for disabled kids! For fuck’s sake, they thought my sister had a stroke and didn’t call a goddamned ambulance. And at the time she had no known chronic health problems. How much worse it is for a special education student who may not be able to verbalize that something is wrong OR who isn’t even being supervised? For god’s sake, it would have taken a minute max to check the bus and see that this girl was still on it, SO WHY DIDN’T ANYONE DO IT? She could have died. A 9-year-old child could have died.
(via autisticadvocacy)Source: autisticadvocacy
- 2 days ago
- 3 days ago
The new IOS8 update contains an app named Health which CANNOT BE DELETED.
The app allows you to choose which aspects of your health you choose to monitor, but available categories include “Body Measurements”, which includes body weight, and “Fitness”, which contains sections for calories consumed and calories burned.
While this may be useful for those looking to monitor their fitness, it could be triggering and harmful to those suffering with or in recovery from eating disorders, especially in sufferers with obsessive compulsive tendencies they find it very hard to abstain from, such as calorie counting, body measuring and weighing.
Whilst of course the app cannot force you to use it, it cannot be deleted, so will be present within your apps and can be a source of feelings of temptation to record numbers and of guilt and judgement for not using the app.
If you personally feel you could not emotionally handle the presence of this app, and it would be detrimental to your recovery, please do not download IOS8. I do not know if a new IOS can be avoided permanently (if anyone has any information on this please do add it to the post), but if it cannot then please use the time you have to prepare yourself for the app, and to reinforce reminders that you do not have to calorie count, you do not have to weigh yourself, you do not owe proof of exercise to anyone, person or app.
Here is a suggestion that I use for apps I don’t want but cannot delete: make a folder called shit or whatever name you wanna give it and shove it in there. If you have enough apps in there, it will make a second page which will not come up when you look at the folder on the home screen view.
(via anadewitts)Source: frilton