Category Archives: disability

Reward: Bioethicists Seek Proof Of Bachman’s HPV Claim

No coffee this morning before I went to the lab for blood work. So I used my anger at Michele Bachman’s quackery to get my blood pumping. Not a healthy substitute for caffeine. Bachman’s insinuation that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation is frightening from the perspective of a public health, and offensive from a disability perspective. Here’s the story I heard last night on NPR. Continue reading






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World Report on Disability: Someone Gets It

While listening, simultaneously, to the dawn chorus of birds In my garden and the 5:30 a.m. NPR news headlines, I almost switched off the radio to devote my ears completely to the birds. Then I heard a brief news item about the World Report on Disability, scheduled for official “launch” later today. The report makes the point that disability is a natural part of the human condition. Yes, I thought, pumping my fist in the air. Someone gets it. Disability isn’t abnormal or “special” – it’s just another part of what it means to be alive.






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It’s Helen Keller Day in Second Life

Virtual guide dog Max makes new friends in Second Life. [Image source: Robin Roar/Flickr] Learn more about Helen Keller Day on the Second Life Wiki, and see the Flickr pool.






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Discrimination and the Genetic Underclass

Could the pending federal law prohibit an involuntary genetic test for the likes of Saddam Hussein? What about you or me? [Source: NYT 120303] If there is an emerging genetic underclass, as bioethicist Dorothy Nelkin predicted in 1992, I could … Continue reading






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Out from Under: Canadian Disability History

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is presenting an exhibit April 17- July 13 exploring Canadian disability history. “A display of 13 diverse objects reveals a rich and nuanced history that pays tribute to the resilience, creativity, and the … Continue reading






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