Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Fidget Spinners and Disability

Recently, I've noticed a big trend in fidget toys, particularly a type called fidget spinners.  At a recent pop culture convention I attended, no less than three separate booths were selling different types of fidget spinners, one was specifically dedicated to fidget spinners.  I have very mixed feelings about this.



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Disability Day of Mourning 2017

TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE OF DISABLED PEOPLE, MURDER, FILICIDE, DEATH, VIOLENCE.

March 1st is over here in New Zealand and I've seen disappointingly little about the significance of today for the disability community, but here's a few thoughts from me about Disability Day of Mourning and why it exists and matters.

[Image: Slightly blurred close up photo of angel statue seen at cemeteries with a blue filter in background, overlaid with a translucent white circle and the words 'Disability Day of Mourning' in large font]

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Disability under the Reign of Trump

I've been keeping pretty quiet on this issue because I feel like there's enough bad news out there already and plenty of information already available about how and why the Trump administration is bad news for disabled people.  There's also the fact that I come from a position of privilege being a citizen and resident of New Zealand where the socially backwards policies of the republican government in power are less likely to impact me.  But I have friends in the United States who will and are directly affected and I can't keep silent anymore while others suffer.


Sunday, 5 February 2017