Over this past weekend, I attended the Center for Inquiry (CFI) sponsored, Women in Secularism (WiS) conference in Washington, DC. I have had a total vision impairment for about 15 years, I’ve attended a lot of conferences during that time and, I have never faced discrimination as badly as I did at this event. Approximately… Read more about The Invisible Blind Man
Earlier this week, I posted an article on this blog called “The Invisible Blind Man” that described the miserable accessibility experience my blind friend and I had at the Women in Secularism conference in Washington, DC. After posting the story, I generally received praise for the article but one blind friend of mine called me… Read more about Am I A Militant?
Recently, my friend Alastair Somerville, a really smart guy working in accessibility in the UK and I sat in a bar in Bath, England discussing the idea that vocabulary used to describe a concept could create a barrier for people less educated than myself. Alastair pointed out that the fight against homeopathy, a battle in… Read more about Vocabulary as an Accessibility Issue
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_About_Us_Without_Us) the term “nothing about us without us”, an ancient term dating back to the Roman era, is “used to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members the group(s) affected by that policy.” The same tells us that this… Read more about Rant Against Disablism: Nothing About Us Without Us!
I will be attending the QED conference in Manchester England next week. You can easily identify me, I’ll have a hat on, I have long grey hair, I usually wear RayBan sunglasses and I will be in the company of a large yellow labrador. I will probably be the only person there with a dog… Read more about Gonz and the X-Dog at QED