Stigmatization

The word “lunatic” removed from federal law

Friday, December 7, 2012The U.S. House of Representatives voted 398 to 1 on December 5 to strike the word “lunatic” from federal law, a term deemed offensive by many people with mental illnesses. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a similar bill on May…

What are we talking about?

Monday, October 29, 2012This week, I searched high and low through the World Wide Web to find you inspiring and interesting things for your viewing pleasure. 1. Alexis Wineman, 18, is heading off to Las Vegas in January in order to compete for…

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Sunday, April 29, 2012Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a memoir of Bauby’s experience after he experienced a sudden and severe stroke and awoke weeks later only to find himself in…

“American Able” photography project challenges the so called diversified ad campaign machine of American Apparel

Sunday, April 8, 2012 American Apparel ads are the archetype of the modern day urban hipster. They are provocative photographs of young models and epitomize youth and sexuality. As their website says, “…our authentic imagery and socially relevant messaging have earned us a fiercely…

Iowa signs the bill to end use of the “R-word”

Saturday, March 31, 2012Joining a national trend to end use of the “R-word,” Iowa Governor to Terry Branstad signed legislation March 22 to replace the word “retarded” with “intellectual disability” in Iowa law. The bill passed the state legislature unanimously earlier in the…

Pennsylvania ends use of the R-word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law December 19 ending the use of the word “retardation” in state statutes. The bill, called the “Words do Matter” bill, passed the state House and Senate unanimously. “Many individuals in the…

The Ugly Laws: Disability In Public

Tuesday, September 6, 2011The Ugly Laws: Disability In Public, by Susan M. Schweik is, according to the author herself in the book’s introduction, “about American ways of identifying, representing, knowing, correcting, and disciplining the ‘unsightly beggar.'” More specifically, this is a thoroughly…

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