Monthly Reading List - March 2019

Disability Thinking - Monthly Reading List

Each month I select and share five disability-related articles I read the previous month. Here are the five from January 2019:

The College Admissions Scandal Could Have Lasting Impacts for Disabled People
Brittney McNamara, Teen Vogue - March 13, 2019

It's especially good to see this angle covered so well by Teen Vogue. Much of its audience is either in or approaching college, and just beginning to shape how they think about disability accommodations in academics.

‘Medicare for All’ Must Truly Be for All—Including People With Disabilities
Robyn Powell, Rewire News - March 13, 2019

Whether or not "Medicare For All" is a politically realistic possibility at the moment, it's incredibly important to map out what disabled people need from any health insurance system.

I have a disability everyone can see. My bipolar friend who died by suicide did not.
Ben Mattlin, USA Today - March 20, 2019

This is a very good head-on exploration of the sometimes difficult relationship between the community of physically disabled people and people with mental illness.

Here’s What Dr. Phil Got Wrong in His Episode on Interabled Relationships
Melissa Blake, Rooted In Rights - March 26, 2019

Frankly, you don't have to look very hard to find Dr. Phil being sloppy and unnecessarily insulting on his show. And a couple of his quotes alone speak for themselves. But this piece nicely underscores the core problem with his recent show on "interabled" couples.

Betsy DeVos’s threats to the Special Olympics are cruel. But disabled people have bigger problems.
s.e. smith, Vox - March 28, 2019

Problems with disabled people's health care, critical benefits, and basic civil rights never seem to "catch fire" with the public, while certain high-profile disability causes garner a disproportionate amounts of sympathy and outrage. This kind of thing is completely understandable and at the same time legitimately frustrating.