Site Updates

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.

Autism and Expectations

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.

Is it?

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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What Canada’s Immigration Policies Say about the Status of Disability in Canada

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,

  •  (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

    • (c)

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The Hierarchy of Activism

Do what you can to make the world a better place for everyone all of the time, not just some of the people some of the time.

Slow Walkers See More

I use social media a lot and incorporate it into my brand of activism. I try to stay “plugged in” and on the pulse of what’s current in the world of disability rights. My interests often tend to pique a bit more at the nexus of race and gender. There are many different brands of activism because the disability community is composed of so many varied experiences. I can’t tell you how much interacting with like-minded folks and folks who may not be in the know at all -locally and across the globe has benefited my activism and helped raise awareness through technology alone.

The internet has revolutionized advocacy efforts for disability community. Many of us who have access and  have basic computer skills can comment, share, “like” and/or “follow” etc all from wherever it is that you have a WiFi or dial-up connection (yes, there are a small number…

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Marla Crews

I joined the virtual Disability March.

Disability March

picture-4 My hair is dark blonde with gray. My hearing aids are not visible.

I feel the Disability March is important. For too long, those of us with disabilities are forgotten, pushed to the side, left out, and left behind. It’s time to put an end to this. Many of us can do what the non-disabled can do, and in some cases, do it better, because of our superior problem-solving skills. The next civil rights movement to get the spotlight is going to be Disability Civil Rights movement, because we are people too.

I am a deaf woman. I am almost 42, and I have a daughter that is almost 19. I am currently in college to become an ASL teacher. I work occasionally in the film and TV industry in the Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC areas. I am also currently contemplating a run for my local city council and…

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Seeing Hearing Impairments

Here is a post on what hearing losses would look like if you could see them as images.


If we could see hearing impairment, what would it look like?

Lets begin our analogy with an image:


This is how a neurotypical person would see the image. The colours are vibrant, edges are clear and objects can easily be picked out. Now imagine if we saw this picture in the same way people generally think hearing impairment works – where everything is simply less intense.


It obviously doesn’t look like our original photo, but its still easy to parse out most objects. The only aspects that are particularly difficult are those areas that were not very intense to begin with, like the shadowed trees in the background (compare this to whispers, which are generally difficult to pick up for even normal hearers). However, this image does not represent a proper visual analog to hearing impairment.


Most hearing impairments are sensorineural, which generally means they are caused by an absence…

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