Tell Senators to vote YES on the Disability Treaty!

Learn what the “Disability Treaty” is and why it matters via this handout: http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager  (The “Disability Treaty” is called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD).

Calling your Senators is usually the most powerful way to act. Senators count calls more heavily than they count email messages. If you need a script to guide you through your phone calls, or if you would rather communicate via email or Twitter, visit the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  

We passed a MAJOR hurdle on July 22 when the CRPD was finally passed out of committee.  This is an accomplishment that the disability community has been working toward for the past 18 months.  Now that the CRPD is out of committee, Senator Reid can choose to schedule a floor vote on the treaty at any time.  If he does this as early as next week, then the next two weeks will be especially crucial.  If he misses next week, then the CRPD would have to wait until after the August Senate recess to be scheduled.  Either way, things may move very quickly from here.  I try to post things to Tumblr when I can, but sometimes there’s so much happening I can’t get to it. Therefore, the best way to make sure you don’t miss future opportunities to take action is to sign up for the CRPD Action Alert mailing list by completing the form at this link: http://disabilitytreaty.org/app/register?1&m=10254

NEWSFLASH for everyone reading this who is within reasonable distance of Washington DC: There will be a Rally for the Disability Treaty in Washington DC at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  Visit the Disability Treaty Rally Facebook event page to learn more detail, to RSVP, or to help invite those of your Facebook contacts who live in the DC area.  Please make sure that people you know in DC are aware! 

We are in the process of ironing out technical details so that we can (we hope!) put out a live streaming web cast of the rally on Tuesday.  We will post more information about this at the Disability Treaty Rally facebook event page when we are able.

the senator my state supports it. thank goodness. 

Trans girls: *pushed out of rape and dv resources that dfab trans people get*
Trans girls: *pushed out of women only spaces that somehow dfab trans people still often get despite many of them not being women*
Trans girls: *pushed out of queer women spaces that somehow dfab trans people still often get despite many of them not being women*
Trans girls: *pushed out and silenced in the trans community by dfab trans people*
Trans girls: *pushed out of everything in favor of dfab trans people*
Trans girls: hey let's make something for ourselves and talk about our own lives here
Dfab trans people: Woah hey what about us
People of Goodwill


Boycott Autism Speaks is having an event tomorrow.  If you care about self-determination for minorities, intersectionality, disabled people, basic fairness, and charity scams, it is worth looking into.  Just share premade memes here and from #boycottautismspeaks on Tumblr.  For once, doing good is easy! 

Boycott autismspeaks they don’t speak for autistics



privileged people: *say dehumanizing things about oppressed people, makes them the brunt of every joke all while literally murdering some of them every single day*

oppressed people: *makes a couple jokes about privileged people once in a while*

allies: image

Those posts make me die laughing like are you fucking serious

Are you really gonna come into a discussion about oppression and disadvantage and whine about how someone was a jerk to you on tumblr like gtfo with that shit

They forgot ablism

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If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd—full disclosure, a friend of mine—has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives.

What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.”

It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. But over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.

The result, Boyd discovered, is that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out. So their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation. They’d rather socialize F2F, so long as it’s unstructured and away from grown-ups. “I don’t care where,” one told Boyd wistfully, “just not home.


I wrote this before as a reply, but I’m re-posting it to put it in the tags:

In fact so many of Kanner’s original patients went to college that he had to write an entire paper on it, IIRC.

Also, for those confused about what Kanner’s autism actually means, please read this:



Merope Gaunt had a traumatic childhood but that doesn’t change the fact she was a rapist, yet people forgive her.

Severus Snape had a traumatic childhood but that doesn’t change the fact he emotionally abused vulnerable children for no reason and caused Remus Lupin to…

Agreed it seemed to me that the harry potter universe doesn’t have understanding of mental health


And I’m tired of people conflating “unable to understand highly abstract ideological jargon” with “too racist to give a damn about understanding and fixing things that hurt people”

Agreed there is complicated ideology in the social justice movements that hard for me understand that doesn’t make me a bigot


I think it was either a gifted program, or something else with entrance requirements that were academic.

It was not in school.

Parents in the area would either teach the kids things they knew, or help kids sign up for being taught things they knew by other experts in the area.

My parents…