Archive for “self determination”

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Criperati? Works for me (in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way)

Posted July 27th, 2015 by Anthony

I thought I coined a phrase–criperati. I may have made it up, but there’s been others that also did. Google coughed up a couple two days after I started looking for antecedents. I see the use of criperti as recognition that the disability community is stratified even though we like to think we’re completely egalitarian. […]

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A New Disability Hero!

Posted September 16th, 2013 by Anthony

Doc-Pomus on stage
We have another hero. Hugh Gallagher gave us FDR. The world knew FDR was disabled, but until Gallagher none of us knew that FDR’s disability experience had a profound effect on his life and world view. After polio, FDR began to root for the poor.

I know, hero is so overused when it is applied to us disabled folk that I hesitate to use the term. But it’s accurate. Doc Pomus is my hero. After you hear the stories, he might be yours, too. To find out check out a new documentary “AKA Doc Pomus” that captures some of the highlights of his disabled life.

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Mark O’Brien’s Sessions

Posted October 10th, 2012 by Anthony


I’m puzzled by the new disability movie, “The Sessions.” The movie gives me way too many things to think about—just like life. I’m gratified that a movie about disability gives me so much to ponder.

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Megan O’Neil & Disability Economic Development on TODS podcast

Posted August 7th, 2012 by Anthony

Megan O’Neil, disability and economic development expert is this month’s Telling Our Disability Stories podcast. She is a Hearne Award Honoree and was the Access to Assets Project Coordinator at the World Institute on Disability. Megan discusses the ins and outs of disability policy advocacy in this important interview. Her perspectives on the nature of […]

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Telling Our Disability Stories with Stella Young

Posted May 1st, 2012 by Anthony

Stella Young portraitTelling Our Disability Stories is proud to present Australia’s own Stella Young, editor of Australia Broadcast Corporation’s Ramp Up. Hear it now iTunes

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Rahnee Patrick on Telling Our Disability Stories

Posted March 27th, 2012 by Anthony

Logo for Telling Our Disability Stories
Hear it now MP3 or iTunes!
Rahnee talks about today’s Independent Living Movement and independent living centers. Where are they and where are they going?

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Tribal Membership

Posted February 21st, 2010 by Anthony

February 20, 2010 Tribal Membership This week I received an email from someone I didn’t know, a wheelchair user. He’s a quad who became disabled after a diving accident over thirty-five years ago. How do I know all that from the first line of his email? He told me. It read, “I am a C5-6 […]

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First US Braille Coin

Posted July 11th, 2008 by Anthony

The day before the nation’s independence day (not ours on July 26) the US Mint unveiled a new bicentennial silver dollar celebrating the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth. The picture at Language Log shows a rather large, copper colored, coin with a four braille characters spelling Brl, short for Braille, and a relief of […]

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