"Welcome to the 38th Disability Blog Carnival!" says Kathryn

The theme of this carnival, organized by Kathryn on her blog: Ryn Tales Book of Days, is "Spirituality and Disability"

"Many philosophers have thought
along with Descartes that "the unexamined life is not worth living".
And Shakespeare said, "Know thyself!" To that end the topic for this
carnival is about the spiritual meaning of experiencing disability
either first or secondhand in this life. I think you will find some
very thoughtful and in many cases poetic examinations of lives being
lived by the carnival’s contributors."

A great deal of thought and work is put into these Disability Blog Carnivals.  Take a few minutes, will you, to stop by, read some great posts, and say hello.   

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Allies: the Theme of the 33rd Disability Blog Carnival

Ruth has put together the 33rd (WOW!) Disability Blog Carnival and it is now available on her blog, WHEELIE CATHOLIC.  Borrowing from Ruth:

"The theme of this carnival is "Appreciating Allies". So, what and who are allies? Wikipedia says
that " those who share a common goal and whose work toward that goal is
complementary may be viewed as allies for various purposes even when no
explicit agreement has been worked out between them."

pointed out that there are opportunities for those of us in the
disability community to act as allies. In so doing, she was kind enough
to mention Anna’s Pakman’s survey on Media Consumption and people with disabilities on her carnival.  According to Anna:

“the Nielsen ratings track media consumption for just about
every population EXCEPT our community so the only way I can get this
data is through your assistance. All individual survey responses are
anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential.”

is a perfect opportunity to say "thanks" to all ALLIES who in one way
or the other support our efforts. And a special thanks to Ruth.  We are
fortunate to consider her an ally, as are many others.  Of that we have
no doubt.

Cross-posted on Blog [with]tv and Crimes Against People with Disabilities.

Superman Bolsters This Super Disability Blog Carnival!

Whew!  It’s not too late to enjoy the SUPERMAN! Disability Blog Carnival posted on Emma’s blog.
And the equally good news is that you don’t have to be faster than a
speeding bullet to get there on time!  Enjoy it at your leisure – and
enjoy it you will.

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Disability Blog Carnival #30: What Professionals Need to Know

The 30th Disability Blog Carnival, the subject of which is "what professionals need to know" was pulled together by Kathryn on her blog Ryn Tale’s Book of Days

"I got the idea for this
carnival in thinking about the sensitivity and understanding or lack of
both by medical professionals regarding what a patient’s life is really
like. In my experience therapists, doctors, teachers, school
psychologists who have shown true empathy, a willingness to listen, and
respect for me and for Ellie have, sadly, been in the minority. I wish
more professionals would try to educate themselves about the people
they are trying to help."

Kathryn, we appreciate the work you put into this.  Now, if only we could get the professionals to read it.

~ CK

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“Who’s Who”?

The next Disability Blog Carnival is scheduled for January 24th at Ryn Tale’s Book of Days.  There, Kathryn has indicated her theme will be "what professionals should know about disability".  Below is Steve’s response to that thought.

Who decides that one group is “professional” while another is “disabled”? The very question: “What professionals should know about disability” is discouraging since it replicates the cultural dissociation between the working class and the physically modified class. This disparity began with the first wave of the Industrial Revolution when factory work demanded a singular kind of human body and it’s of some interest that the term “disability” enters common English usage at that same time period. The economist Karl Marx used the word disability to denote people who were rendered unemployable by means of industrial accidents.

What’s in a word? Plenty. The term “disability” carries the early 19th century notion that a physically challenged person has no utility or worth. That the idea continues to linger well into the information age is of considerable interest.

Disability is a cultural construction. If architecture or technology is built for everyone to use “disability” disappears. IN this way disability differs from other historically marginalized social conditions.You will always be a Finn or an Apache, but you need not be disabled if you have the proper tools to get around with.
People who employ other people should be aware that there’s no such thing as disability. They should be aware that accommodations to make the work place accessible are inexpensive.

Employers who have figured this out have reliable and enthusiastic employees.

In any case, people who have disabilities are already “the professional class” and in my view the only “unprofessional” class would be any potential employer who would bar the door to a person with a physical or learning difference.


Hope for the Media

by Stephen Kuusisto

I teach English at The University of Iowa and some of my classes are
focused on disability in the literary arts. One book that I like to
give my students is the groundbreaking history of disability in the
movies The Cinema of Isolation
by Martin Norden. This book shocks students when they first encounter
it, for few realize that movies have featured disabled characters from
the very beginning of the film industry. What’s even more eye opening
is how poorly Hollywood has treated people with disabilities from day
one. The old footage rolls again and students see malevolent and
monstrous "cripples" for disability functioned in these old films as a
metaphor rather than just being a part of daily life.

When those early movies weren’t using people with disabilities as
figures of moral judgment they eagerly used them as low comic
characters whose afflictions were funny because the lame tried to walk
or the blind tried to do the work of the sighted. "Low comedy" means
humor that relies on slapstick or vulgarity. "The Three Stooges" are a
good example of low comedy. In turn, of course, "High comedy" uses
verbal sophistication and artful disguises to achieve its effects.
Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure or All’s Well That Ends Well are good examples of the genre.

What the students find out all too quickly is that first in movies,
and then in television, people with disabilities have been almost
uniformly presented as "figures" who represent immorality or
ineptitude. Between these two poles one also finds Victorian
representations of absolute purity like Charles Dickens’ "Tiny Tim" who
stands for the angelic compensations of suffering and whose presence in
the story is necessary if Scrooge is to be redeemed. Alas, Tiny Tim is
as unreal as all the other stock disabled characters in TV and film

When my students look for contemporary depictions of real people
with disabilities in the media they discover that the field is still
quite narrow. Some of them point to the current "reality TV" series "Little People, Big World"
on the Learning Channel. Others point to "Monk", a detective show that
features a leading man who solves crimes because he has an
obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the movies there have been some
notable triumphs over the past thirty years like "My Left Foot" and
"Children of a Lesser God" and students eagerly mention Marlee
Maitlin’s character on the hit TV show "The West Wing".

There have been some undeniable advancements in the representations
of people with disabilities in Hollywood and the TV industry.
Nevertheless it remains hard to find substantive mainstream reporting
about disability on network or cable TV. When disability does appear on
the nightly news or as part of a daytime interview program like "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" often presented as an "overcoming story"- a
narrative in which a person  with a disability is either cured by means
of medicine or spiritual belief, or in turn they are distinguished by
their ability to inspire others by successfully denying that they have
any kind of limitation. As any person with a disability can tell you,
we need better reporting.

Real people with disabilities are impatient for change and ready to
take their places in the media arts. I believe that our time is coming
– perhaps slowly, but surely.

Disability in the media is the topic of the next Disability Blog Carnival, to be hosted on Blog [with]tv Thursday, January 10.  JOIN US!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of
disability blog carnival using our carnival
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. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival
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Disability Blog Carnival # 24 Marks 1st Anniversary!

Penny L. Richards started the Disability Blog Carnival one year ago and this month celebrates the occasion  at her place, Disability Studies, Temple U.  Congratulations_2

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her for all her continuing hard work and dedication to this "community" of bloggers.  Bravo, Penny.  Bravo!  We thank you for the memories!

And now, without further ado…Welcome to the first anniversary edition of the Disability Blog Carnival!

Cross-posted at [with]tv

Clipart above shows blue and yellow confetti across which is the word "Congratulations!" spelled out in red letters.

Disability Blog Carnival #23

Have you "met" Jennifer Justice yet?  She is an artist, writer and independent publisher, the creator of two popular ezines, Pedestrian Hostile and This Is Living, and has served as a contributor and editor to numerous publications (including Blog [with]tv).  She also happens to be the hostess of this month’s Disability Blog Carnival.  Penny L. Richards over at Disability Studies, Temple U. had this to say when introducing this month’s carnival:

"Superheroes, folksongs, naked lawyers, beach wheelchairs, and a
Therevada oasis–it must be another edition of the Disability Blog
Carnival, with your host Jennifer Justice at Pedestrian Hostile.  A fine mix of hilarity, personal accounts, serious news and commentary, there are links for all tastes.  Go check it out!"

Need we say more?

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Disability Blog Carnival #22: Resilience

Clearly Jodi, from Reimer Reason, has put a lot of work into this most recent edition of the Disability BlogSpider
Carnival.  Her theme is "resilience" and she, like her contributors, has put some thought into this….

"Welcome to the 22nd edition of the Disability Blog Carnival! In honor
of this being the 22nd edition, I have for you twenty-two posts on the
subject of: Resilience. I have loved reading all of the posts submitted
and in doing so I have learned quite a bit about the things that make
people resilient. There are people who use humor or call on their faith
in God. There are those of us who adapt, persevere, adjust their
perspective, come to accept, see beauty, find joy. Fasten your seat
belts, because you are about to meet some incredible people."

you stop by Jodi’s site to read through these posts, take a moment
won’t you, and write her a comment.  Bloggers love feedback!

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