Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mocking Trump

Red white and blue with white stars election button, reading ELECTION 2016Check out my take on Donald Trump’s weird gestures over the Thanksgiving Weekend, at the Center for Disability Rights blog.


Throwback Thursday

Picture of the time machine from the film Time MachineOne year ago in Disability Thinking: Stella Young’s Letters

Just a few days after I posted this pice about Stella Young’s “Letters to my younger self” and “Stella Young’s Letter to Herself at 80 Years Old, she passed away. What a loss, and what an emotional week or two it was for a lot of disabled people around the world. It still seems sort of inconceivable that she’s not still blogging, Tweeting, and speaking to us all. 

Two years ago in Disability Thinking: Best Protest Idea Ever

This is just  photo worth sharing and re-sharing, that makes a quiet but loud and clear point about accessible parking.


Disability Day

United Nations symbol, white lines against a dark blue backgroundToday is the annual United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has included a whole slate of UN sponsored speakers and events, and a whole lot of social media activity calling attention to disability as an important identity and issue world-wide. As “day-days” go, it’s definitely a step or two above the scores of semiofficial days commemorating postage stamps, snack foods, and other trivia. This is really A Thing.

This year’s themes for the day are:
  • Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • Improving disability data and statistics
  • Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development
The first thing that came to my mind is the status of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The United States signed the treaty, but the Senate hasn’t ratified it, so our participation in it isn’t actually in effect. Most other countries in the world have fully ratified this disability rights treaty. The United States is in fine company balking at fully endorsing … along with Libya, Chad, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and North Korea. A few more Senators should probably get over their bizarre superstitions about UN officials micromanaging parents’ relations with their disabled kids, and ratify the damned treaty already. The United States is the world’s leader in disability rights … it really is. It’s about the last country on Earth that should worry about disability rights being included in international law.

Click Here for a map showing the signatory and ratification status of all participating countries.