Cpunk News week 2 of July 2018

Disabled news and highlights of the past week for actual disabled people. Decided to add hate crimes this week, I’m not sure if I’ll keep doing that because although it’s important it’s not like we need to be reminded that this shit constantly goes on and the majority doesn’t reported anyway.

Fav thing this week

Great infographic showing the overlap of straight able-bodied Oscar nominees who have played queer and disabled characters by linesdamnlines on Tumblr

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Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Winds Up Using More Plastic

Lingerie brand Aerie celebrates people with disabilities in inclusive campaign

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston reveals shocking disability slur she received in the street

Half of dealing with a disability is the feedback

Walgreens scores 100 percent on Disability Equality Index

MetLife Named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion

Making the web easier to access for people with disabilities

High Schoolers Are Calling For A National Disability History Museum By Making Their Own

My academic supervisor bullied me for my disability – and I said nothing

Judge Allows Electric Shocks On Those With Disabilities To Continue

Frida Kahlo Was a Communist, So Stop Capitalizing Off Her Likeness

Parents of disabled daughter consider divorce to qualify for Medicaid

For Disabled People Like Me, Summer Is A Stark Reminder Of Obstacles Standing In Our Way

Four airports found to be failing disabled passengers

How disabled travellers finally stopped being ignored – thanks to a company you might not expect

6 plays by deaf and disabled playwrights in Seattle

As Dwayne Johnson and Joaquin Phoenix Play Disabled Roles, An Overlooked Community Debates Representation

Hate Crimes

Man sentenced in beating of disabled teen streamed on Facebook Live

Man accused of sexually assaulting girl with mental disability

Parents starve, bind, cage 21-year-old disabled son

La Crosse man charged with raping disabled woman at care center

How Expanding Medicaid To Able-Bodied Adults Is Stripping Care For Disabled People

Caregiver charged after taking disabled man to a party where he died

Disabled girl punished for reporting school gang rape wins nearly $1 million settlement

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Disabled people get robbed of so many experiences. If I’m well enough to work, I’m spending every second of earned pto into being sick, doctors appointments, hospital stays, etc. I never once in a year got to take a pto day for me. Every singl one in a year went to chronic illness related things.

Now if you aren’t working because you’re sick, then you don’t have the money to go.

It’s impossible to win and be on the same playing field as abled people. It starts to wear you down after a while. You’ve earned it they same way they have but you can never cash in like them.

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Hexborn (The Hexborn Chronicles Book 1) by A.M. Manay
Keywords: YA, fantasy, physically disabled heroine
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Face Your Fears Kindle Edition by Bill Mathis
Keywords: romance, gay, quadriplegic
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Drawing On Love (A SAFE Security Trilogy: Jesse and Jessica Book 1) by Michele Zurlo
Keywords: Romance, BDSM, physically disabled heroine
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Dragon School: Dire Quest by Sarah K. L. Wilson
keywords: YA, fantasy, physically disabled heroine

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Podcast

Disability after Dark: “Elisa and The Fishman” – A Review of “The Shape of Water”

Disability Matters: Andy Imparato with the AUCD

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Glee is as terrible as I remember

As per request, here is my review of Glee Season1: Episode Nine “Wheels.” Full disclosure, I have seen this before; this isn’t my type of show but after it was on for a few seasons I caved in to peer pressure and binged watch it but I don’t remember much other than it didn’t really like it. No particular reason, I just don’t really like musicals and ended up fast forwarding through most of it.

First off, Kevin McHale, who is not disabled, plays a character who uses a wheelchair. He probably has paraplegia? Most every character in a wheelchair is a guy who is paralyzed for some reason. I would postulate that it’s about infantilisation but most romance novels with a disabled lead they have a hero that is paralyzed so there must be something romantic to normal people about it.

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So, apparently, Artie, the wheelchair dude, is supposed to go on a field trip to a singing competition but he can’t get a ride because the school doesn’t want to pay for the short bus. I’m sure this does happen in a lot of places but when I was in school the county didn’t want to be sued for discrimination so they would cancel field trips and blame it on me (like Artie, I was the only disabled kid mainstreamed) so of course I was pressured into saying “never mind me, you guys have fun.” Science camp was the only thing they didn’t condescend to me about, I was told year before it happened two not even ask because I wasn’t going even if I could get a parent to go with me. I was stoked about not having to go until I found out I still had to go to school that whole week and do bookwork to make up for what I was. “missing.”

Unlike on Glee, there was no way any of the normal kids were going to ride on the short bus with me.

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OMG, they had Artie sing “dancing with myself.” This is why I couldn’t watch the show.

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Okay, yeah, I definitely skipped this episode the first time around… Watching it now makes me daydream about eating glass.

So, Mr. Woke shames the whole class four alienating Artie which completely puts him on the spot. This is definitely realistic but what isn’t is Artie admitting his feelings got hurt and then going along with the club being forced to do a bake sale to raise money for the short bus and for being forced to use wheelchairs for a few hours every day the rest of the week. I can’t imagine even able-bodied writers could think this was plausible. Unless he is graduating or moving away next week why would he do this? Why would he alienate himself further? Why would he be okay with being the scapegoat for everyone being unprepared for competition? How could he be stupid enough to sit by while everyone is punished for discriminating against him in order to get them to learn why discrimination is bad? In high school. Is he trying to get the shit kicked out of him?

Obviously having these able-bodied students use wheelchairs to learn what it’s like to be disabled is incredibly offensive. Being disabled is a 24-hour job, needing a wheelchair is more than simply sitting in a chair with wheels, making marginalization and novelty is disgusting.

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It’s kind of interesting to see how differently they all sit in their wheelchairs (and how the hell did they get such nice wheelchairs? The retirement center or wherever they borrowed them from definitely wouldn’t have ones this nice.) It would be nice to see more wheelchair using characters sit normally like Kurt, the guy in the front.

Normalizing it like that would have definitely cut down on the amount of times people asked me if I was faking my disability because I had my legs crossed.

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Huge slur on a cute sign, nice.

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Hahaha… The girl coded as retarded is friends with a girl who actually has down syndrome and she cheats off of her which is funny because obviously the girl with down syndrome must be dumb even though she’s mainstreamed and in the exact same classes as everyone else.

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I feel like I’m pointing out the obvious… But she isn’t treating the girl with down syndrome equaling “despite” her disability, she’s doing it because she has a thing for people with down syndrome. She’s already said she would let someone in a wheelchair on the squad so it isn’t about equality.

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Jesus Christ. And I’m still in the middle of the episode. I think I’m getting a migraine.

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I definitely have a migraine.

This is beyond offensive.

This chick is forcing a restaurant to hire her friend because he’s disabled and of course he’s just faking it.

It’s not funny and it’s not even original. Disabled people go through so much because people don’t believe us, especially those of us with invisible disabilities. Perpetuating this idea that we fake it for the “benefits” leads directly to the assault and murder of people in our community. All joking aside, I honestly feel so disgusted it’s hard to continue watching.

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So maybe they knew that handicap was a slur but they just aren’t giving any fucks.

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His girlfriend pretended to have a stutter to distance herself from other people and now that he knows he’s upset because she gets to be normal and he still isn’t. Um… A stutter does not equal a disability. She was already normal. Do these writers actually think that being paralyzed and having a speech impairment is equally disabling? Really?

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Cpunk News week 1 of July 2018

 News

Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and Hollywood’s Misunderstanding of Disability

How Dwayne Johnson Adapted To Playing Disabled In ‘Skyscraper’ (gross, fuck him)

ASOS Collaborated With A Para-Athlete To Create A Festival Outfit For Wheelchair Users

Maysoon Zayid Is the Most Fearless Comic Alive

Archbishop Justin Welby: I don’t pray for my daughter’s disability

How are disabled fans finding accessibility in Russia?

I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice

Remembering Gang of 19 Forty Years After Denver Protests Changed Accessibility

The challenges faced by doctors with disabilities

Paralympian Liam Malone ticketed for using disability parking space

Everything You Need to Know About DJ Euphoric

Models including a 59-year-old and a disabled star strip down to their lingerie for a new campaign to celebrate diversity

Frida Kahlo Is An Enduring Inspiration For Women Of Color, The Disabled Community, And All Humans

The secret world of disabled gamers

Gay Disabled Man is Raising Money to Develop Sex Toys for People with Physical Disabilities

Accessible games can “mean the difference between existing and living” for disabled people

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hello! are you someone who is not chronically ill? here’s a brand new challenge! ready? here we go: when someone mentions their chronic illness, DON’T RECOMMEND ANYTHING TO THEM. not diet. not exercise. not a book, a doctor, or a blog. zero recommendations!

@MortuaryReport

I was one of the scary kids too, and I won’t be able to watch this either.

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Accessibility, Access Intimacy, and Forced Intimacy

Ryan Boren

These pieces on access intimacy and forced intimacy by Mia Mingus very much resonate with my experience. Forced intimacy is the continuous submission to patient hood required to access the right to learn, work, and live differently. K-12 SpEd families, higher ed students, and workers needing accommodations regularly experience forced intimacy. Forced intimacy “chips away at your soul. Every box you tick, every sentence about your ‘impairment’ and ‘needs’ becomes part of the narrative of your identity.

Forced intimacy is a cornerstone of how ableism functions.” “Forced intimacy is the opposite of access intimacy.” “Access intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else ‘gets’ your access needs.” That feeling is rare in the abundantly ableist medical and deficit models, though I have experienced it a few times, notably with neuropsychiatrists who noticed and met my sensory needs with a…

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Cable’s disabled childhood

As an X-Men character and member of the Summers family Cable has an extensive and convoluted story so I’m only going to cover a small glimpse of his childhood to look at his disability and disability narrative.

Mutants are considered a marginalized race in the Marvel universe and mutation is used as a metaphor for disability; Cable is one of the many mutant characters who are also shown to have real-world disabilities. As a baby he was infected with a “techno-organic virus” by Apocalypse resulting in his iconic appearance. The techno-organic virus is functionally a terminal disease in which cells cannot duplicate or regenerate and even within the superhero world Cable was born into there is no cure. His father, Cyclops, allows him to be taken to the future where there is available treatment in exchange for never seeing his son again.

Cyclops questions whether or not this is the right decision, specifically wondering if Cable would be better off dead. He questions Cable’s quality of life.

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As Cable grows into a teenager he struggles with non-passing privilege and the need to hide his disfigurement and assistive equipment to assimilate and remain safe.

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Aside from suffering culturally and socially Cable deals with tangible disability and chronic pain. He has to manage these things in order to live and his motivation to do so tends to be based on his obligation to others.

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The character Cable deals with disability so directly that his mutation never quite becomes a metaphor. Like all disabled children, his family struggles with what to sacrifice for his medical care, ceding control of his care to those who can offer assistance, making long-term decisions in his stead, and whether or not having a life unlike those they are familiar with means he should have one at all.

As an adolescent, Cable has to live with the decisions his family made for him and struggles with being raised by various people whose only concern is what he is able to do. He is visibly different which puts him in danger in a way that is unfamiliar to most people and hiding his differences takes a physical and emotional toll. Cable has no role models that look like him and has experienced what he has, he has to develop based on a template of humanity that is fundamentally different from his natural state.

Black People Don’t Have to Inherit Their Ableism

Crutches & Spice

Let me make myself clear, this post is not an opportunity for majority culture to attack black people, not even a little bit. With that in mind, I have noticed over the past few years a disturbing trend among people of otherwise marginalized groups. Specifically, mine. Ableism is rampant in the black community. Despite being the community most prone to becoming disabled as they age from a combination of a healthcare system that ignores our complaints until they’ve become more serious and over-policing that results in brutality, the worst thing some black people can think of is the prospect of becoming disabled.

Like black people have to do with White Feminists, disabled black people have to beg to be seen in contexts and initiatives that claim to be “intersectional” or “represent blackness.” So how did we get here? Well? You guessed it—White Supremacy, and our own inherited culture. Theoretically, prior…

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