THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Ableism, Community Living and the Myth of Independence

Recently, I’ve seen a trend that worries me. Social media disability support groups are commonly hosting conversation in which independence is trumpeted as an aspiration and fundamental element of human worth.   Independence is the necessary ingredient to The disability movement has always been fractured.  There are parents who seek safety and security in segregated settings, ...

OPSEU Diablogue: The politics of “ableism” and hard-working babies

If there was a party game that could be applied to the recent provincial election, it would have involved some kind of participant action every time a politician uttered the words “hard-working families.” It’s an odd phrase – does that … Continue reading →

Melissa Fong: Things I realize after getting many hater-comments & trolls: On #Intersectionality, #oppression & other stuff

Things I realize after getting many hater-comments and trolls: 1) The world is not ready for Critical Race Theory or talking about the process of “Whiteness” and “racialization”.  I thought […]

Melissa Fong: Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender

Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender This weekend I had the privilege of participating in a conference on Disability and Ableism at Ryerson University.  Let me just say first that it is an incredible feeling to be among people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).  To see them speak with gesture in silence can ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Worth Sharing: A Special Olympian Calls Out Ann Coulter’s Choice of Insults

Via the Special Olympics blog:  Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult? I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb ...