disability news & culture
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, to claim disability is to ask for reasonable accommodation — accessible buildings, more time on tests, audible formats for books, Social Security disability payments, and more. Too many people seem to regard the request to accommodate as a burden and meet such requests with suspicion. The not-disabled exercise their privilege by demanding that people prove their disabilities; then, all too often, proof just generates pity, not understanding or inclusion.
ADAPT rallied on the steps of the State Capitol on Sunday, trying to get the attention of Governor Beebe – calling his attention to the Community Choice First Option. CFCO, according to the group, would allow all Arkansans who qualify for institutional placement to choose community supports instead. They say it would end the “long waiting list of nearly 3,000 desperate citizens, some of whom have been waiting over nine years.

Kelli Stapleton to appear on Dr. Phil Monday 9/15


On Monday September 15, Doctor Phil will be interviewing Kelli Stapleton, who attempted to murder her Autistic daughter. 



When the media reports on cases of violence and abuse against Disabled individuals, we MUST hold them accountable to telling these stories with respect to the actual victims of these crimes. Our lives matter! 

When a Disabled person is the victim of a violent crime, we must not allow the media to talk about “lack of services”, or the “burden” of what it is like to care for us. This is the rhetoric of fear, of hate, and victim blaming. That is unacceptable.

We will watch carefully and take our concerns to Twitter. 


Join the Facebook event here:


Dr. Phil on Twitter: @DrPhil 

Event Host Twitter Handles: 

Lei: @LeisusHChrist
Kim: @K1mmyR0cks

Disabled people are around a fifth of the world’s population. The onus is not on us to prove that we are disabled. Nor is it on us to justify why we are not behaving as if we are able-bodied. It is on able-bodied people to accept that we exist, and that we have the right to go out in public without being interrogated.

Kanye West’s […] attitude to disability is symptomatic of a bigger problem

With regard to the notorious Kanye West events this weekend. Also note that I took out an ableist slur in the headline and am baffled as to why a disability organization would use a slur like that. 

Strange that Oscar used to fight for the right of the disabled to be treated on absolutely equal terms to the able-bodied. This must have been some kind of sham, because now his lawyer is insisting that this was never so, that Oscar has been deeply and permanently scarred by his handicap, and absolutely must not be treated as an equal, but as a profoundly and eternally impaired person.

The audacity of Oscar Pistorius: The athlete who said ‘I’m not disabled’ used disability as a defense

Of course, the experience of disability in an ableist world affects us in all kinds of ways. But it’s grotesque to use it in this case to justify domestic violence.

The worst part of institutions is not physical violence, obvious forms of abuse or neglect. It’s not even the experiences you don’t get to have. It’s the damage that is done right down to your soul, by living under the power of other human beings. Glamour makes no difference. Prettiness makes no difference. Size makes no difference. Even length of time makes less difference past a certain point than you’d think.

Until you understand that damage — what it is, what it means, where it comes from — you will never get rid of institutions. You have to understand it on a very intimate level or you will reproduce it without knowing what you’re doing.

Photos of National ADAPT action in Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. 

Image description: A photo of a person with long hair and painted fingernails in a powerchair; a photo of two people in wheelchairs in what appears to be a hotel conference area, and a photo of the back of someone’s head, where a wheelchair icon has been shaved into their hair.

Good morning ADAPT friends! Our folks are getting on the ground today in Little Rock, Arkansas because we’re here to help jump start disability rights and community living in this state! Did you know that it takes nine years to get community services if you’re on the waiver waitlist in Arkansas? People with disabilities deserve way better. FREE OUR PEOPLE! FREE OUR PEOPLE! FREE OUR PEOPLE!

We also believe – like Dr. Roberts – that we have been passed the baton. The Supreme Court in its Olmstead Decision affirmed that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting. Sadly across the country – and here in Arkansas – that isn’t the reality for many people with disabilities who either are forced into institutions or go without needed services and supports to lead an integrated life.

ADAPT is here in Little Rock to fight for those who have not been given the opportunity to fight for themselves. We will honor the Little Rock Nine and all of those who have struggled before us as we fight for freedom, equality, and justice. And we urge others to join the struggle and, in the words of Gloria Ray Karlmark, “Dare to object to prejudice and injustice.”

National ADAPT is protesting in Little Rock, Arkansas right now. Follow their Facebook page or Twitter account for photos and live updates.

What they are really saying is:

1. ‘Black people have it hard, because
2. Society is racist. But,
3. I personally do not have the courage to do anything about it. So,
4. We should not make any more black people. After all,
5. It’s for their own good.’

I hope my kid comes out blacker than Wesley Snipe. (Some thoughts on the pitfalls of interracial marriage)

This isn’t just racism, or fascism, as the author suggests. It’s eugenics. People are different, society excludes them, the solution is to have less of the people who are different.

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