All I Want For Christmas Is No More Jerry Lewis Telethons

When my nephew, my sister's youngest boy, was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, I started paying attention to Jerry Lewis and his 'kids.' This was, of course, after wailing and weeping and rending my garments. I think that it might be the third stage of terminal illness/disability grief: looking for famous examples of said illness/disability and/or advocacy thereof. I looked to Jerry, because his telethons were all I knew of muscular dystrophy.That was a mistake....more

My sis, who had Multiple Sclerosis, complained that the MS Society fundraisers were all ...more

"Glee" Pops A Few Wheelies

One of Fox's fall hits, "Glee" got itself in a bit of trouble last week with an episode called, "Wheels."  It was about wheelchair user Artie (Kevin McHale) and head Glee-meister, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) trying to teach the other Glee kids a little something about living with a disability.  Add to that the sight of a Down syndrome student trying out for Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) Cheerios and the keyboards set to tapping in the blogosphere. ...more

Hi Paula,

You make a very good point.  The number was supposed to have been ...more

Personal Poverty Reduction: Breaking the Chains of Individual, Institutional, and Internalized Poverty

   I'm starting a not so private campaign. The many labors of the late welfare activist Johnnie Tillmon remind me that, more than thirty years later, I am not alone. I, too, am a woman of color; a povertized woman; a fat woman; a middle-aged woman; and I'm living on very low-income government subsidy.   ...more

Working Women With Disabilities

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. Let's look at blogs out there by women about disability and work! Patricia E. Bauer hits right on target as usual: President urges employers to welcome workers with disabilities. I'm all for that. Here's a quote from President Obama's Proclamation: ...more
I definitely liked your article and enjoyed reading it. The information is usefully and I ...more

12 Myths of Dyslexia

Just got this in a newsletter this morning. I have permission to post it. ...more

Invitation to Fem2.0 Blog Carnival: For Women, the Other Side of Work Is NOT Play… It’s Caregiving

Women take care of children, spouses, parents, family members, friends. We dominate the caregiving professions, like nursing or social work. Ask anyone receiving care of any kind and he or she will most likely tell you that the primary caregiver is a woman.   Caregiving is a job for which women usually don’t get or expect monetary compensation. It is a critical aspect of work/life and healthcare issues. How can caregiving be made easier to make our lives easier? ...more

In the Name of Image: Abercrombie & Fitch Shoves Disabled Clerk to Stock Room

Not the salt of the earth but the sugar of affluent youth, Abercrombie & Fitch with its image of sexy college prep gods and goddesses is the bastion of unabashed elitism, promoting the perfect clothes, the perfect fit, and the perfect body. It's alleged that this image goes beyond its slick print ads to the brick and mortar floor of its stores from which a disabled employee shouts that A&F discriminates against mortals such as she. From the UK's Daily Mail: ...more

I am an african american-american woman and have been working as amodel for A&F for over ...more

The Six Words I Never Wanted To Speak

We all have some phrases, chain of words, or saying that just makes our hair stand on end, our heart beat raise a bit, and our mouths get dry. These are the dreaded things we must say at times to move on in life. I have had six words that I knew I would have to speak soon, and I also knew the time was coming much faster than I pictured it; yet two decades ago when I became a nurse, I never thought I would have to say the phrase. ...more

A whole new world

"I am so glad you posted this video" "I never knew a baby could have seizures like that" "I was moved to tears, but I am so glad I watched the seizure video" "Poor baby, I never understood how difficult his seizures were" "Thank you for sharing the video, and the insight" ...more