Monthly Reading List

Monthly Reading List in white letters superimposed over a background picture of books

Five disability-related items I read, (or heard, or read), in July, 2017:

NOT YOUR OOMPA LOOMPA
Rebecca Cokley, Medium - July 22, 2017

Somehow I missed out on the meme Rebecca is talking about here. Now that I've seen it, I agree it's not only gross, it's a prime example of how disability slurs are still seen as semi-acceptable even within otherwise progressive communities.

5 Ways The U.S. Is Still Horrible At Handling Disabilities
Jordan Breeding, Cracked - July 24, 2017

This article is notable because it's from Cracked, of all things, and therefore aimed at a particular kind of audience. It's a good beginning answer to a specific question ... why are disability activists angry. These are more than unfortunate inequities. They are outrages that most non-disabled people, and also a good many disabled people, might not know about at all.

Episode 36: The Accessible Stall and Ellen Seidman
Emily Ladau and Kyle Kyle Khachadurian, The Accessible Stall - July 25, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this episode of The Accessible Stall, because I have mixed feelings about Emily and Kyle's guest and her blog. Overall, they have an important, engaging discussion that can help lessen the estrangement that seems to exist between "special needs parents" and disabled adults. However, I found myself wanting to jump into my iPhone and ask Ellen some followup questions and raise a topic or two that didn't come up. It's worth a listen though, and just the kind of complex, difficult discussion we need more of in disability podcasting.

Finding My Amputee Brethren
Ashley Shew, Nursing Clio - July 27, 2017

This is a lovely testament to the power of accidental peer connections between disabled people.

Finding Your New Accessible Way Of Doing Things (ep. 99) #DisabledYouTuber
Rebelwheels NYC, YouTube - July 28, 2017

Michele's latest video should probably be required viewing ... or at least recommended ... for people with new disabilities. What she's talking about is fundamental to living positively with disabilities.