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High and low functioning labels are at best pointless and at worst costly red herrings distracting us from what’s important… acknowledging that every autistic person is an individual with their own set of strengths and challenges, and getting them the support they need to deal with both.

It’s interesting that neurotypical children come with just as wide a variety of intellectual and language capabilities - yet we don’t need to classify them as either high or low functioning in order to cater to their needs.

The Problem With Functioning Labels

After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”

She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.

What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition rather than same-sex marriage?

“As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.””

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

“When a whole world is organised to promote your survival, from health to education, from the walls designed to keep your residence safe, from the paths that ease your travel, you do not have become so inventive to survive. You do not have to be seen as the recipient of welfare because the world has promoted your welfare. The benefits you receive are given as entitlements, perhaps even as birth rights. Racial capitalism is a health system: a drastically unequal distribution of bodily vulnerabilities.”

– Sara Ahmed, “Selfcare as Warfare

clementinemorrigan:

livingnotexistingblog:

if alcohol use is visually signified with a beer can or liquor bottle in hand, then how is sobriety signified?  how is not drinking pictured?  if a joint or a blunt in hand signifies marijuana use, then how is abstinence represented?  is sobriety only imagined as “without” or “lacking”?  can sobriety only be understood as the absence of the beer can, the liquor bottle, the joint or the blunt?
what does sobriety look like to you?  how are sobriety and abstinence represented?  how do you imagine not drinking or not using?  PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS by responding to this post or reblogging. KAYTHANKSYO

in the context of intoxication culture i believe that sobriety is signified by lack or absence: what is not there.
within sobriety / recovery culture i think sobriety is signified differently, by what IS there. i’m thinking of a group of sober friends talking, sharing space, laughing. i’m thinking of that shared glance of understanding that happens between sober people when alcohol and drug use is once again established as the norm.

image description (above): five arms clinking glasses that appear to be holding wine.

clementinemorrigan:

livingnotexistingblog:

if alcohol use is visually signified with a beer can or liquor bottle in hand, then how is sobriety signified?  how is not drinking pictured?  if a joint or a blunt in hand signifies marijuana use, then how is abstinence represented?  is sobriety only imagined as “without” or “lacking”?  can sobriety only be understood as the absence of the beer can, the liquor bottle, the joint or the blunt?

what does sobriety look like to you?  how are sobriety and abstinence represented?  how do you imagine not drinking or not using?  PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS by responding to this post or reblogging. KAYTHANKSYO

in the context of intoxication culture i believe that sobriety is signified by lack or absence: what is not there.

within sobriety / recovery culture i think sobriety is signified differently, by what IS there. i’m thinking of a group of sober friends talking, sharing space, laughing. i’m thinking of that shared glance of understanding that happens between sober people when alcohol and drug use is once again established as the norm.

image description (above): five arms clinking glasses that appear to be holding wine.

Linda Gauthier’s last mammogram was 8 years ago. She says she was told it was because she can’t stand up to reach the machines.

When she called the Health Ministry to complain, she says she was told that all the machines in Quebec are capable of lowering to sitting height.

Gauthier is president of RAPLIQ, she says this is symptomatic of widespread discrimination towards the disabled within the healthcare system.

Wheelchair using women denied mammograms

It’s wrong either way, but somehow harder to fathom that the machines are wheelchair-accessible but wheelchair users are still turned away from potentially life-saving medical screening.

Photos by Holly Spring of her daughter, who has no hand on her left arm and “struggled early on in life with Hirschsprung’s Disease.” 

Image description: Three ethereal, whimsical, artfully photoshopped photos of a young girl with pale skin and reddish-brown hair. The fact that she has no left hand is visible in the photos. In the first, she’s dressed in a purple dress with purple wings and a purple mask painted around her eyes. In the second, she’s wearing a white dress that becomes a net/sea at the bottom. In the third, she wears a green dress and balances on a piece of wood arising from a misty green pond surround by green trees and bushes.

Anonymous asked: Why do you repost links to articles and even Tumblr posts rather than reblogging them from the marginalized people who posted them to Tumblr in the first place? (The most flagrant example being the post about Sins Invalid's decision to not to screen their film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.) Doesn't that seem counter to the politics of solidarity this blog promotes?

Hey Anonymous, 

Thanks for bringing this up. I am old and brainfoggy and not well-versed in the ways of tumblr, so I didn’t realize there was a distinction between linking to a tumblr post and reblogging it. In the case of the Sins Invalid post, I wanted to post the image, specifically, and when I tried to reblog the post through Tumblr, all I got was the first three lines of text. If there’s a way around that, can someone let me know?

“Everyone deserves to be seen as who they are, such as disabled people who want their sexuality to be recognized. Because our society places so much stake in, particularly women’s, sexual desirability that values whiteness, thinness, and able bodied appearance, widespread desexualization of visibly disabled people goes hand-in-hand with the dehumanization of disabled people. This desexualization is directly related to the higher levels of sexual assault and abuse that disabled people experience.”

Disabled Pride/Disabled Pain: Center For Sex and Culture Opens Another Closet Door