Is Autism Speaks a hate group?

Autism Speaks is the bane of autism self-advocates the world over. The pernicious and seemingly inescapable organisation has only been around since 2005, but it’s managed to penetrate society quite thoroughly, establishing itself as the authority on autism and perpetuating hateful stereotypes and attitudes about autism and autistics. Which leads me to think that it […]

Nondisabled people: Please stop arguing with us about our experiences

I keep noticing a really peculiar trend, and while I’m speaking from the perspective of disability, it’s by no means limited to disability — it happens with race, with gender, with religious faith. It starts with a disabled person making a statement about her life, a comment on disability representation, expressing irritation with her treatment […]

The intersectionality of chronic pain

100 million adults in the United States have chronic pain conditions. Women are overrepresented in their number. Women of colour, even more so. There’s a tangled thread of circumstances that creates these imbalances, and it loops around to another problem: Intersectional oppression in the treatment of chronic pain, both medically and socially. Deep-seated social attitudes about […]

Why Do You Fight Accessibility?

When issues of accessibility are raised — in physical environments, online, in the design of homes, restaurants, public spaces, websites, books, classrooms — the response is often defensive. Justifications for inaccessibility spill out of endlessly running mouths, there’s always a good reason (or seven), there’s a sense of needing to swat down any request, of […]

Disability: Always Left Off the List

Some social justice movements finally seem to be catching on to the notion of intersectionality and the importance of acknowledging the complexity of oppressive institutional and social structures (others always did…more simply refuse to take notice of anything outside their own bubble). That means more and more ‘solidarity laundry list’-type publications in which such organizations […]