Humanize the Police

Humanize the Police

:: We’ve turned the people who are supposed to keep us safe into weapons. I have no reason to fear the police. The modern police was created to keep people who look exactly like me safe from harm. I am a white woman. I am to be, as every male politician is...
Disabled Writer Reading List

Disabled Writer Reading List

:: Who are my disability writing all-stars? Updated Sept. 2019 This list was inspired by my panel presentation at the Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference in September 2016. An audience member asked who I would assign in a nonfiction writing...
Me, Trying to Explain OCD to my Husband…

Me, Trying to Explain OCD to my Husband…

:: Me, trying to explain my not-so-bad-all-things-considered* OCD to my loving husband after I burst into tears tonight over a lampshade. It’s not that I actually care about whether the lampshades are straight. I don’t even like that lamp. That’s a...
Accessibility is for Everybody (Part 3)

Accessibility is for Everybody (Part 3)

:: When you make your talk accessible, disabled people will know that this talk is one that anticipated their presence, that wanted their presence. Header Image Alt-Text: A photograph of a one-by-eight yellow lego piece held by a thumb and forefinger. The background...
This is What Accessibility Looks Like (Part 2)

This is What Accessibility Looks Like (Part 2)

:: My argument is essentially this: accommodation is not accessibility, and it is not nearly as good. Image Alt-Text: A photograph of a large brown moth on a large green leaf. The moth’s wing has seven large dots on it that look like eyes. This moth, like many...
Accessibility v. Accommodation (part 1)

Accessibility v. Accommodation (part 1)

:: If a space is accessible, that space is always, 100% of the time, welcoming to people with disabilities. People with disabilities do not have to ask for anything. They do not have to prove they have disabilities.  Header Image Alt-Text: This image is a comment...