Morning After Election Thoughts About Poverty and Disability in a city with NPA Green 💰🧐 and Greens

Last night as I watched the make up of council unfold I said to someone “I’m scared” and then immediately regretted my choice of word. This isn’t Trump – the new yardstick for measuring how bad election results can be. The truth is there is no one word to describe how I feel but anxious might be closest.

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Curiosity: Vancouver’s Straw Ban – Another Barrier and Another Excuse For Non-Disabled People to Shame, Marginalize, Interrogate and Demonstrate They Don’t Care About Discrimination Against Disabled People

  On May 16, 2018, the City of Vancouver, BC voted unanimously to proceed with a ban on single-use plastic straws. They did so despite the fact they are necessary for some disabled people and that alternatives (metal, paper, bamboo…) are not suitable for different reasons for different disabled people.   The City had originally…

Would More Time Have Made Bruce Pardy’s National Post Piece Against Accommodations For Disabled Students Any Less Awful?

On August 17, 2017, a few weeks before thousands of university students will head off to class, the National Post ran an opinion piece by Queen’s University Professor of Law, Bruce Pardy under the headline “Mental disabilities shouldn’t be accommodated with extra time on exams.”      Both the content and the context of this…

Time For A New Approach to Disability Policy in BC – Part One – Why

This is the first in a series about disability policy in BC. Part one is intended to deal with why we need a dramatic shift in approach.     We have a new provincial government in British Columbia. Will it offer us a new approach to disability policy? If so, what should it be? In…

#RampFail Twitter Chat Questions

Time: 3:00 pm EST/ Noon PST/ 7:00 pm UTC 1:   What are your top 5 accessibility concerns? Tell us about the worst attempt at accessibility you’ve encountered. Send a photo if you have one.   2: Tell us about the best access experiences you have had.  Send photos if you have them? 3: Tell us…

Good Crip/Bad Crip!

Once upon a time I  was a good crip. A good crip doesn’t get annoyed when strangers walk up and ask ‘what is wrong with you?’ Not hello. Not ‘nice day isn’t it? ‘  Just ‘what is wrong with you.’  They don’t really ask so much as they demand. Sometimes they put ‘do you mind…