Alas has been doing a bang-up job publishing nuanced posts about disabilities issues, primarily written by one of its newest bloggers, Blue. Blue has her own blog called The Gimp Parade. I am looking forward to exploring her blogroll which looks to be a great way of getting to know the Gimp-o-Sphere.
I bring all this up because I have been meaning to rectify one of the many deficiencies of this blog, namely the paucity of posts about disabilities issues. In honor of my husband (the Happy Gimp), I ought to be writing about this stuff more. Part of the problem is that my husband makes his gimpiness look so easy to handle (and he is fortunate that his disability, paraplegia, allows him near-total independence and integration into society in ways that many other disabilities would not). Thus, I am very shielded from many disabilities issues. But if I probe my husband's thoughts, I find that, as a person with a disability and as a disabilities-rights attorney, he has pondered this stuff every bit as deeply as I have my life-long commitment to feminism. Really, he ought to start his own Happy Gimp blog, but until he does, I should take up the slack a little bit even though my thinking on these issues is not as deep or as nuanced as his.
Meanwhile though, do make sure Alas and/or The Gimp Parade are on your list of regular reads. And check out this very simple and informative video called Ten Small Business Mistakes by the U.S. Department of Justice, which addresses many misconceptions small business owners often have about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even if you don't own a small business or don't reside in the U.S., this video is helpful in terms of becoming more conscious of things that can be done to make it easier for people with disabilities to function in society.