It has been a little over a month since redesigning Disability Thinking and moving it over to its new address. I think the new Squarespace setup is working pretty well. I would still welcome feedback on the look, feel, and organization of the new site.
Now might be a good time to mention few other bits of news about Disability Thinking:
You will notice the addition of #CripTheVote to the navigation links in the upper right corner of each Disability Thinking page. #CripTheVote is collaboration between Alice Wong, Gregg Beratan, and myself, aimed at getting more disabled people involved in the 2016 Elections. Clicking the #CripTheVote link will take you to a set of pages that include resources on voter registration, accessible voting, the basics of the American political system, selected news articles on the campaign, and links to current Presidential candidate website. We will also soon add a Frequently Asked Questions page about the project itself. Come visit, and join our first two Pre-Debate Twitter Chats on February 11 and 13, at 8 PM.
Almost 350 people have listened to Ep. 29: President Bartlett’s China Trip, the first new-format episode of the rebooted Disability.TV Podcast. Ep. 30 will come up on Friday, February 26. The topic will be two episodes of the original Star Trek, the original unaired pilot episode, “The Cage,” and the two-part episode “The Menagerie.” Both include important and rather disturbing depictions and messages about disability. I am a Trekkie, and my favorite series of the whole franchise is the Original Series. However, the depiction of the injured Capt. Pike is pretty dispiriting, and these two related stories make some very dubious moral points about disability. Disability.TV Podcasts are filled to the brim with spoilers, so if at all possible, watch the shows first before listening! The easiest way is probably to watch them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or you can buy them on DVD.
It has to be done. I have to make a reasonable effort to get some donations going so I can keep Disability Thinking going. All this isn’t exactly expensive, but it does have a cost, in cash, not just my time and emotional investment. So, I’ve cleaned up and updated my Patreon page, where you can make a monthly pledge. I also added a way to make a one-time donation through PayPal. You can do either of those things on my Support Page, also added to the upper right navigation links. It’s a cliché, I know, but in truth, even very small monetary donations help a lot.