By Michele Linder and Chelle Wyatt I recently watched American Masters on PBS, Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft. La Technique: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking was Mr. Pépin’s first book and contained no recipes. While other well-known chefs were introducing people to a world around food and the dishes themselves, […]… Continue reading La Technique of Lipreading — SayWhatClub
A couple of days ago a meme starting going around Facebook about Mitch McConnell’s history of surviving polio The thing is, beyond the fact that McConnell did in fact have Polio as a child, the rest of the text is false. His care was not government funded. He received care at the frankly prestigious Warm […]… Continue reading The Truth Behind the Viral Meme about Mitch McConnell and His Fight With Polio.
From the post: “Don’t tell your readers that impoverishment increases the likelihood of illness, that the lack of access to prenatal care and education increases the probability of childhood disability. Don’t tell them that the absence of accommodations in pre-school and all subsequent schooling assures failure for children with intellectual disabilities. Don’t tell them. Just insinuate the poor are up to dirty tricks. Don’t remind your readers that Adolf Hitler called the disabled “useless eaters.””
The Washington Post has published an article that purports to examine a steady increase in disability Social Security claims by poor families. Under the heading “Disabled America” the headline bellows: “One Family, Four generations of disability benefits. Will it continue?” If you’re disabled like me and you’ve a sense of disability history you have to shudder since the half-rhetorical question evokes an edict by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who infamously wrote: “three generations of imbeciles are enough” in Buck vs. Bell, a 1927 ruling that upheld the right of Virginia to sterilize “mental defectives” without their consent. (You can read more about the case here.) In short, the Post’s headline raises the specter of eugenics whether the writer or editor knows it or not. Either way its fair to say “shame on them.”
Shame also for committing the journalistic equivalent of what I call “Betsyism” for Betsy…
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I’m going to try these gluten free adaptations of Portuguese favorites.
I’m not gonna lie: Easter is not my favorite holiday.
I don’t mind it at all, but as a lapsed Catholic it always brings up conflict within me. Not that I feel a need to be talked or worked through it, mind you, because I’m very content with my personal beliefs and practices. But my family is very Catholic and our shared holidays are still about, primarily, faith.
I’m all cool with Jesus and Mary.
But here’s where the conflict comes in: homosexuality, abortion, gender inequality. There’s no need to even explain what the conflicts with those are.
I can’t take the good and leave the bad.
So, Easter conflicts me.
How’s that for a horrible introduction to some recipes?
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Becoming deaf and being born deaf have different issues for each person.
Actually, if you “got it” there would not be millions of late deafened adults out there trying to get friends and family to understand what is going on without being considered a crank, a faker, or just delusional.
Most late deafened adults are not totally deaf. We hear environmental noises – like lawnmowers and jet airplanes and car engine motors. Unfortunately, human voices are not in that hertz range. What is a hertz range? I hope Bitco David stops by to expound, but non-sound engineer little me will make a stab at this.
Sound comes in different frequencies. The important sounds to humans is often called “the hearing banana” or “the speech banana” because the range curves like a banana. I’d show you mine, but I’ve misplaced it again. I can’t find a good commons photo, so here’s a linkto a chart.
Once people start losing…
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I am working on updating and changing my site to be more accessible for those with disabilities that use special technology and to be more mobile-friendly. Also in the changes is a new blog domain name. I am planning to write more, and to perhaps even post my papers I have wriiten for classes that… Continue reading Site Updates
Something for you to read and to make you think.
You don’t look autistic.
Yes I do.
You don’t act autistic though.
Yes I do.
Yeah, but you’re not like “properly” autistic.
Yes I am.
You can make eye contact.
Yes I can.
You don’t flap all the time.
I do at birds.
You flap at birds?
I flap at birds.
Why do you flap at birds?
It would be rude not to wave at them when they wave at me.
That’s a bit weird.
But you don’t do all that proper stimming and stuff, do you? Or do you?
Every day. Most moments of every day. See this?
Looks like a tiny bead mat.
Yup. I made it, I made lots of them, for when I lose them. I get distracted easily.
Can I have a go?
Go for it.
It feels nice.
It feels essential.
Why do you do it?
I’m an addict.
But it’s not…
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Overlooked in the immigration and refugee crisis is the status and consideration of people with disabilities.
Every so often in Canada (and other countries but I’m focusing on Canada here) a sad story will appear in the papers. It’s one that we’ve seen before and will unfortunately see again. A family has been denied permanent residency because a family member (usually a minor child) is disabled. The most recent iteration of this recurring story involves the family of York University professor Felipe Montoya. The Montoyas were denied permanent residency because their son, Nico has Down Syndrome.
Nico is being refused under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act under health grounds. The relevant section of the act maintains that someone can be denied permanent residency in Canada if,
38 (1) A foreign national is inadmissible on health grounds if their health condition
(a) is likely to be a danger to public health;
(b) is likely to be a danger to public safety; or
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