Logo for Americans With Disabilities Act 25th anniversary

25 Years and Counting

Sunday, July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and my local paper made a big deal out of it with a whopping two op-ed columns. Both extolled the virtues of the Act, of which there are many, and exclaimed over the progress made since […]

I'd rather be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cup of tea.

Consider Me Bittersweet 1

Waaaay back in 2004, I had an incredible opportunity to write a monthly column for my local newspaper. I was just out of college, and retained aspirations of being Lois Lane. (Love me some Clark Kent.) The reason I applied in the first place was because it was an opportunity […]

Wow, you're sure lucky you don't have to walk up all these stairs.

Don’t Say These Things

Being a wheelchair user, I have been on the receiving end of some seriously stupid statements from the bipedal. So, allow me to educate you on those utterances that will give you a permanent case of foot-in-mouth disease. That can be fatal, you know. You’re really good at driving that […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Lies We Tell Ourselves 1

We, as a species, lie to ourselves on a regular basis, for any number of reasons. I don’t want to focus on the myriad reasons, but rather on one lie that a more specific “we” – this “we” meaning wheelchair users – perpetuate. Recently, on social media and its ilk, […]

Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson

Accidents of Nature: A Review

The first thing to note about this book is that it is set in 1970, on the cusp of the Disability Rights Movement, when words like “crippled” and “retarded” were thrown around with abandon. It is now, of course, the 21st century, and these words have rightfully gone the way […]

May 6 is Wishbone Day

Happy Wishbone Day!

Today is Wishbone Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness. As you may know, I have OI. But rather than going into a long explanation, I’ll just let Sophia’s video take care of it. It surprised me how much her life is like mine was in kindergarten.

An Overdue Revelation

This week’s post will be short and sweet. Well, definitely short. Several years ago, when I came up with the name for this blog, I was so proud of myself for coming up with the British euphemism “bum”. For an Anglophile like me, it was the perfect touch. This past […]

Mutual Distribution delivery truck on NYE 2014 parked in access aisle

Social Shaming

I am a big fan of social media shaming. Not the kind that hurts kids and leads to teenage suicide. No, I am a proponent of social media shaming that leads to a correction in behavior. Particularly when it comes to people parking illegally in and around accessible parking spots. […]

Stella Young

Inspiration Porn: I’m No Centerfold

Stella Young was a comedian and disability activist with Osteogenesis Imperfecta from Australia, who died in December 2014 at the age of 32. I am ashamed that I had not been aware of her until her death, and deeply wish I had. In this TEDtalk in Sydney, Stella touches on […]

Mickey Mouse has the measles

Mickey and the Measles

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the measles outbreak that is centered on Disneyland, resulting in multiple measles cases since December 2014. Some of those affected were children too young to be vaccinated; the others were old enough but “chose not to be” vaccinated. This should really be phrased […]