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Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day.

I don't think I can write anything coherent for it. I had my first SALT (Speech & Language Therapy) appointment today, and maybe I used up all the words? ... no, actually I've been lurking for weeks if not longer and it's not because of that (my speech problem is intermittent and physical, except for where I get anxious about it) ... it's more Living With Pain (, Dammit), Too Many Distractions and possibly some lack of cope. I'm sure I'll start "talking" online again sometime!

So: BADD links:
Master roundup post at Diary of a Goldfish - more links than you can shake a stick at, and probably more to come;
The Exploitation of Home Health Workers at This Ain't Livin', because May 1st is also Labour Day.
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I've had a rotten cold. It's pretty much over now except for the annoying cough, but for a while there, combined with all the Other Stuff, it was using up my cope to the extent that I was neglecting the housework and playing free browser games instead of doing anything useful (or sociable) that would take both energy and brain.

Part of the Other Stuff was Sudden Short-Notice Interview, which was a surprise. My (latest) adviser thought the job was "ideal", whereas I thought it was "very ambitious". I actually came out of the interview a lot more convinced that my skills and experience were relevant to the job, but obviously I didn't convince the interviewers. It's just down the hill, part-time, and mostly IT back-office work, which is me, but they want someone who can do project management and "customer care", which isn't.

Another part of Other Stuff was this (non-diplomatic email to $UTILITY-CO; translating into HTML loses some of the formatting):
cut for length )
(I haven't had a reply to the email, but the original problem has been sorted out. The guy at the bank had no problem with the voice recognition system, but waited at least 8 minutes before getting through to a person.)
susanreads: One Red Drop: Cuts hurt when its you thats bleeding (benefit cuts)
Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day. Follow the link for more posts than you can shake a stick at! It's going to take a long time to catch up ...

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2011

Here is a bit of personal history:

Changing my identity )

*The ConDem government, continuing on the same path as the previous bunch of hypocrites, are determined to redefine disability in ever-narrower ways, so as to claim people are capable of work when they're not, and penalise them for not being able to get work in a recession. You can read more about this at the Broken of Britain blog.
susanreads: One Red Drop: Cuts hurt when its you thats bleeding (benefit cuts)
1. March for the Alternative

I feel somewhat guilty that I'm not planning to go to this, but I decided a few years ago that my marching days are over. cut for me me me me )

2. WWF's Earth Hour

This one is easy. Though this hypocrite inclines me to think it's not actually useful. WTF, WWF? If Cameron agrees with you, you must be doing something wrong.
susanreads: One Red Drop: Cuts hurt when its you thats bleeding (benefit cuts)
via [personal profile] trouble

Where's the Benefit? have the following info:

A (hopefully!) large group of disabled people will be protesting against the proposed benefits cuts outside the Tory Party conference tomorrow, Sunday 3rd October 2010. For details of where, times, etc, please see Disabled People Protest.


For those who can't go, there's also a virtual protest (with a Facebook page which I can't access): to replace your avatar with the campaign image (see icon for this post). "Cuts hurt when it's you that's bleeding". Fake blood will also be used in the physical protest in Birmingham.
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Contains spoilers )

Would I watch more?

You bet I would! I might make tut-tut noises or threaten to throw something at the screen while watching, but I'll definitely watch. Just ixnay on the racism, and give the women more to do, yeah?
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Today, August 1st, is Emancipation Day in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos Islands (list from Wikipedia). It commemorates the implementation, in stages, of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

Here's a black historical figure I only heard of recently: William Cuffay, 1788-1870. I heard this radio programme about him last week: Britain's Black Revolutionary (available for 3 more days if you can use the BBC's iPlayer). His father had been a slave. William had a physical disability, and worked as a tailor in London. He was blacklisted after being involved in a strike, and joined the Chartist movement, becoming one of its leaders in London.

As a union organiser, Cuffay addressed his fellow workers as "fellow slaves"; Chartists referred to him as a brother Chartist. The mainstream press, though, were more inclined to stress his colour and his "deformity". The establishment were busy portraying the Chartists as dangerous revolutionaries; note that all their demands except for annual elections are now taken for granted as part of our political system. In 1848, Cuffay was involved in organising a march which was intended to present a Chartist petition to the House of Commons. The march never happened, but on the evidence of police spies, Cuffay was sentenced to transportation to Tasmania.

When the political prisoners in Tasmania were pardoned, Cuffay elected to remain there. (I don't know how voluntary that was: how did you get back?) He returned to his trade as a tailor, and remained involved in radical politics for the rest of his life.

bio on 100 Great Black Britons
susanreads: Amelia Pond (from Doctor Who) Demands an Explanation for this Bullshit! (who amelia)
This post has been brewing for a few days, but it's not getting any more coherent, so I might as well write it down.

The first episode of this new series was mostly entertaining, but it should have been awesome. Two things in particular were disappointing, a story point and a meta point.

spoilers in the name of critique )
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It's Helen Keller Day on Second Life, and for those of us who don't hang out there, FWD is hosting a Mythbusting Blogswarm. Until recently I only knew the usual story about how "miracle worker" Anne Sullivan taught Helen to communicate. Her life after that isn't so widely publicised, possibly because she grew up to have opinions of her own and be a political activist. "Inspiring" stories of "overcoming" disability is one thing; real women with Opinions is something else.

From Wikipedia:
Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities amid numerous other causes. She was a suffragist, a pacifist, an opponent of Woodrow Wilson, a radical Socialist and a birth control supporter. In 1915 she and George Kessler founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization. This organization is devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition. In 1920 she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


She also wrote books, and articles, including How I Became a Socialist, which includes her response to an article that assumed she had "imbibed such opinions" from "Mrs. John Macy" (Anne Sullivan):
Mr. Macy may be an enthusiastic Marxist propagandist, though I am sorry to say he has not shown much enthusiasm in propagating his Marxism through my fingers. Mrs. Macy is not a Marxist, nor a socialist. Therefore what the Common Cause says about her is not true. The editor must have invented that, made it out of whole cloth, and if that is the way his mind works, it is no wonder that he is opposed to socialism. He has not sufficient sense of fact to be a socialist or anything else intellectually worthwhile.
I think she would do well in Bloglandia!


More posts about Helen Keller can be found at the blogswarm master post. Some of her political writing is online at the Helen Keller Reference Archive.

I seem to have used rather a lot of scare quotes here.

BADD links

May. 4th, 2010 06:22 pm
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Blog Against Disablism Day was several days ago, but as usual, it's taken me a while to catch up. I don't feel qualified to write anything original, so here are some links to posts I particularly appreciated (all the posts submitted for the blogswarm are indexed at Diary of a Goldfish).

Blogging Against Disablism Day: on being a disabled blogger by Amy Clare, guest blogging at The F-Word (one of my regular haunts).
Do You Need Assistance? by s.e. smith at FWD/Forward: great advice for currently abled (or less-physically-impaired) people on how to offer help and how not to.
Fictional Heroes with Disabilities by Beppie at Hoyden About Town: antidotes to whichever show is making you headdesk today.
Addressing Ableist Language by Cara at Feministe, where she's trying to make the comment threads less unsafe for readers with disabilities.
Voluntary Accommodations by [personal profile] angelikitten: if only paying workplaces had such a responsive attitude.
Of privilege and auditory processing by codeman38 at Normal Is Overrated: wow, some of those are really familiar to me although I don't have the same conditions. How do people tell which phone is ringing?
I live in a marginal constituency by Katie at Everyone Else Has a Blog - it's election time, but her local parliamentary candidates don't reply to her emails. Don't they want disabled people's votes?

Note: disablism and ableism are the same thing, it's two countries divided by a common language again. Like whether to say "disabled people" or PWD, I see both online and sometimes forget which is which.

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