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May Disability News and Blog Post Round-Up

By Emily @emily_ladau

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I can’t believe how fast this year is blowing by. Each month is a whirlwind, and there are always so many great pieces on disability out there to be read. Somehow, I’ve managed to narrow down the pieces that resonated with me the most throughout May, and I’m excited to share them with you!

Also, I know there is a lot to take in here. If you can’t get to it all now, I highly recommend bookmarking or pinning this post for later so you don’t miss out.  And, as always, I’d love to hear what got you thinking this month.

Words I Wheel By's May Disability News and Blog Post Round Up

Disability News

  • ‘Everything Still Works Down There’: Uncovering the Sex Lives of Disabled People – Anyone who knows me, or has been following my blog even for bit, will know that I love anything and everything that involves real talk about disability and sexuality. So, when I read this article about Alexander Freeman and discovered that his documentary, “The Last Taboo,” is available to watch online for free, I was really excited! Trust me, it’s worth the hour it takes to watch it. I will give you fair warning though: the documentary pulls no punches with language, and it can be rather blunt and graphic (only with words, not images).
  • How Misunderstanding Disability Leads to Police Violence – This article, written by two activists I highly respect, is a must-read. Police do so many wonderful things for society, but all too often, they aren’t trained to work with or recognize anyone who has a disability. This leads to utter tragedy, and it NEEDS to stop.
  • Awkward Around People With Disabilities? These Ads Want to Help – An organization called Scope has created this series of advertisements as part of a campaign meant to help nondisabled people understand etiquette around people who have disabilities. I have some mixed feelings about the ads because sometimes dictating proper behavior actually makes certain situations more uncomfortable, but I think the intention behind the ads is important.
  • Dating last taboo in intellectual disabilities debate – Why disability and dating continues to be taboo, I’ll never understand. With proper sex education and education about the dynamics of relationships, this wouldn’t even be an issue.

Disability Blog Posts

  • The Myth of the Special Needs Supermom – Drop EVERYTHING and read this post. The writer, Mary Evelyn, is absolutely spot on about why this whole special needs supermom thing needs to stop. I especially love this because she’s a mother of a son who has spina bifida. (Bonus: you’ll get to see pictures of him and he is adorable.) I could go on and on about why I’ve always been against this idea of heroism that society holds, but this post tackles it perfectly.
  • Well Dressed In Self Defense – You don’t need me to be the millionth person to point out how controversial gun use is. Regardless of your feelings about it, this post provides an interesting perspective about using guns (safely) and disability. It’s a thought-provoking read.
  • The American Dream Also Has Wheels: Reforming Medicaid to Give People with Disabilities Equal Opportunity – Ever heard of the ABLE Act? You need to. This post is long, but it will explain why the disability community has a right to earn a living just like everyone else.
  • Doctors’ Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled – Attention doctors, medical schools, and medical students: educate yourselves! Knowing how to work with patients who have any kind of disability whatsoever is not optional. It’s crucial.

Did I miss anything you think I should have shared in this round-up? Let me know! I’m always on the lookout for more disability-related reading.

Past Round-ups:
April 2014March 2014February 2014
January 2014

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