Weekly Reading List

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The best disability articles I read last week:

Disability Wasn’t Mentioned in the State of the Union. Should We Care?
Ari Ne’eman, Sometimes a Lion - January 16, 2016

Ari Ne’eman argues persuasively that the Obama Administration has an impressive record on disability policy that for some reason President Obama doesn’t speak about … and that it is, in fact, vital for the President to speak about disabled people and disability policy.

Parents of Children with Disabilities: Are We Speaking With or For a Community?
Melissa Stolz, Two Thirds Of The Planet - January 12, 2016

A little more about the “The Mighty.” Here, a parent explores the different shades of meaning and gradation of roles that parents have in advocating for and with their children with disabilities.

The Mighty Question: Who Should Speak for the Disability Community?
Emily Ladau, Words I Wheel By - January 13, 2016

Along similar lines, Emily Ladau discusses the difficult balances between the needs and priorities of disabled people, and of parents of disabled kids.

Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.
Deek, Grounded Parents - January 12, 2016

If you think “The Mighty” is bad, there’s far worse out there, including a very specific kind of social media meme that’s nakedly crude and exploitative, where “Inspiration Porn” is more subtle.

When Is a Feeling Wrong?
Dave Hingsburger, Rolling Around In My Head - January 12, 2016

Dave Hingsburger describes a very specific incident that’s very typical of a kind of incident disabled people experience all the time. They make us mad, then make us feel bad for feeling mad. And may I add, THAT makes us feel even madder.