Monday, August 4, 2014

Binge Watch: Classic Ironside

I’m getting ready for my re-watch of the original Ironside TV series, starring Raymomd Burr, for the first TV show review of the Disability.TV Podcast. I plan on uploading my discussion of Ironside on Friday, August 15. If you haven’t done already, you can listen to and download the introductory episode of Disability.TV here: has 3 seasons worth of the original Ironside available for streaming. Back in 1991 when I was working on my Master’s Thesis about disability in movies and TV, I had to go to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC to watch old “Ironside” episodes. That was a fun week, but watching here on my couch is a lot easier.

Here's a review of the original Ironside I posted in April, 2013.

On A 3 x 5 Card

Lydia Brown, Disability Rights Advocate

I am not an autism expert, but these disclosure cards seem very useful. They also provide a glimpse into what autism is and how it is experienced.

Communication and handling social situations isn’t usually a problem for me, but what if I couldn’t communicate because of an injury or severe illness? How would I explain my physical condition? Would police, EMTs, doctors or nurses know why I have a tracheostomy, and that I need oxygen and ventilation when I sleep?

If you have a disability, what would you put on your “Emergency Disclosure Card”?

What about non-emergencies? If you had to explain your disability and related practical needs on a 3 x 5 card, what would you say?