How do you create a new paradigm?
Changing the way designers engage with disability is a design problem in itself. How do you get from recognizing an opportunity to create organizational change to actually making that change happen? After all, you’re just one person. You’re working with a limited budget…
As a disability-led self-advocacy organization working to create new paradigms of design through situated knowledge, the questions we most often find ourselves answering are questions asking “how?”
How can we include disabled people’s perspectives?
How do we talk about disabled people without being harmful?
How do we make our events…
I was looking through some PhD studentship listings this morning, when one in particular stopped me in my tracks. It offers an interdisciplinary programme in public health research and decision-making, is based in the UK, and is open to international students. …
There was a useful discussion on Facebook earlier this evening about how disabled folks use the word ‘triggered’, so I’m going to talk a bit here about my own usage of it, and why content warnings can improve open discourse.
Using ‘triggered’ inclusively
Dear Abled people,
When a Disabled person talks about their experience(s) of benevolent ableism and you reply, “they were just trying to be nice” and we say “don’t do that” -
That is not us picking on you. That is you being an asshole, and us saying “don’t be an asshole.”
When we explain to you why saying that is at best unhelpful, and at worst harmful, that is not us ‘thinking we’re perfect’. That is us acknowledging that you have been taught to be an asshole, by a culture rooted in assholery, and spending our valuable time & limited energy to try and help you to become less of an asshole.
So stop being such an asshole, and listen.
A still-irritated crip
It is beyond time for us to have a discussion about the history and status of disability rights activism and related policy-making in Canada.
I’m going to preface this by noting that I was born in Canada and grew up in Canada. I lived in Germany for 3 months after…
Abled people, when a disabled person agrees to do something for, or with you, please realise they are agreeing to something specific and finite.
They have assessed whatever chore or errand or leisure activity is on the table, evaluated it against their energy levels, needs and abilities, and decided whether…
The topic of identity labels is something I’ve been mulling for a couple of weeks, ever since a Normal acquaintance commented on one of my Facebook posts about intersectionality, asking that ‘we’ “stop attacking generalities”, and suggesting that “beings are best approached by their qualities, not how they are qualified.”…