#NotYourInspiration

Autistic Trans King

Content/trigger warning: inspiration porn, ableism

In Tallahassee, Florida, an Autistic middle school boy who usually sat alone at lunch was joined by a Florida State University football player so he wouldn’t be lonely.

An Autistic young man who’s a big fan of recently retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps writes to him on a Facebook page.  Phelps doesn’t respond, but hundreds of other people do.  He even gets 100 random friend requests from strangers on Facebook.

A little girl has cancer, and below the picture of her is the text, “Type ‘Amen’ to save her”, or something similar.

These are all examples of what is known as inspiration porn.  Australian disability activist Stella Young came up with the term in 2012.  Young, who passed away in 2014, used a wheelchair and couldn’t find a term to define how she felt people were describing her.  Inspiration porn is basically a “feel…

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

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Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a collection of brain-based impairments in the processing of auditory information despite normal hearing levels.

Due to hereditary factors, illnesses such as ear infections as a small child, or other factors (or a combination), someone with APD may lack the ability to rapidly discriminate and process sounds. For instance, tracking conversation in the presence of background noise can be much less successful for an APD’er than a normal person – an occurrence known as the “cocktail party effect”.

Only recently coming into popular awareness, the condition is recognized by audiologists although diagnosis can sometimes be confused with other (possibly co-existing) conditions such as attention deficit.

What Can be Done?

There is no known cure or remedy other than environmental support, such as facing a speaker and sitting close to a lecturer in order to catch more of what…

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No Wheelchair Users Allowed in a Miami Beach Condo!

Disability Independence Group Blog

Litigation: Siler v. Abbott House Condo

By: Matthew Dietz

Rachel Siler was looking forward to moving to Miami Beach in April 2016.  Rachel went to art school in Chicago and after graduating from college she started working in the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movements. Aside from this passion she has also represented the disability community within the Occupy and Anti-war Movements. When she isn’t fighting for social justice she enjoys reading, antiquing and designing.

 For the past thirteen years, she had lived in cold and windy Chicago working at Chicago’s Access Living, assisting people with disabilities and a coordinator of Chicago ADAPT, an organization that has dedicated disability rights activists that engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.  She found a job as an independent living specialist at the Center for…

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How the Media and Society Objectify Disabled People

Paginated Thoughts

Introduction: Inspiration Porn 

The most recent example of inspiration porn has crossed my Twitter feed. It is that a Florida State University college football player sat down and had lunch with an autistic boy in a cafeteria. The story got picked up by the New York Times. I don’t fault the college football player very much, if it all (but I hope he asked the autistic student if the company would be welcome). The football player probably just saw a person likely excluded by classmates. He wanted to make sure the student was not alone. At worst, there is the element of pity involved, but the act itself was not ill-intended.

I do fault the Internet and the news media. We, disabled people, see…

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We Need to Stop Saying Things Like “The Last Acceptable Prejudice”

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I came across an article yesterday entitled “Laughing at Dwarfism is the Last Acceptable Prejudice“. It’s a great article actually. It talks about how the author and other people with dwarfism have both experienced general prejudice and the added bizarre phenomenon of having people basically ask them if it is ok to tell a story or joke at the expense of someone (or all people) with dwarfism. It is important to talk about these kinds of social interactions and dissect how problematic this behaviour is.

It is however simply not true that there is only one single group that experiences prejudice that is either socially accepted or ignored as being not as big an issue as it is. A quick google search for “the last acceptable prejudice” netted me several groups that are currently vying for the title. The most common being Catholics. The list quickly extended…

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No, Automatic CRAPtions are Not Captions!

CRAPtions = auto-generated captions that some hearing YouTubers use as an excuse for not providing actual, human-edited captioning.

In this video, Rikki Poynter explains why the aut0-generated craptions are, in most cases, pretty much useless for deaf people who want to watch videos, and provides examples of really bad craptions. (The first 44 seconds, and the last 50 or 60 seconds are about a VidCon she was preparing for at the time she produced this video. But the rest of the content in between is focused on “craptions”.)

Consider joining the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Read her guidance below on how you can help.

If you don’t do YouTube, then Rikki has said that she also will welcome people writing blog posts or Tumblr. If you don’t do that either, then consider using your other social media to bring the attention of your friends and your favorite YouTubers to this event.

If you are personally a YouTuber who isn’t sure how to caption your videos (or get it done by others), check out this resource: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/p/producer-information.html

How Will Sagamihara Shape The 2020 Tokyo Paralymics Disability Stories?

Advertising & Disability

The Rio Paralympics haven’t even started, and the games are already in a crisis of shifted funding for athlete participation, diminished staff and potentially empty stands. But the Sagamihara massacre and Japan’s surrounding miasma dealing with disability, make these hurdles seem small compared to what lies ahead for the games, athletes, advertisers and so many others when Tokyo hosts the Paralympics in 2020.

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