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How Le Pup Saved My Life

How Le Pup Saved My Life
I figured it’d be fun to let the public choose my next blog post.  The public has spoken and it chose a story about my dog.  Specifically, how she saved my life.  Normally, a community-chosen post would be for Patrons-only but, since I asked for public involvement, you all get to see it!
First of all, Le Pup’s real name is Shangela L. Jenkins.  How she got her name will have to wait for another post. It’s not what the public asked for…
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Dating, Interabled-ly

Guest Contributor: Melanie the “BedBoundBabe

I was well over 30 years old when I first heard the term “Interabled Relationship”.  Most know what a relationship is but, “interabled”?  My initial reaction to seeing a video circulating online was, “What type of #fakespirational, ableist BS is this?” This particular one came in my email and was titled “Extremely Cute Interabled Couple Discusses Love and Disability.”  That? That title? Ableist. Patronizing. Infantilizing – “Extremely cute”.  Eventually I saw another video without the completely ableist titling.  No, I did not watch the video. I make it a point to try (keyword: Try) to not give clicks to those types of videos.

Anyway, I was immediately turned off but, maybe I was late to the party. Maybe my disabled peers have a different take on this.  So, I took it to the streets…so to speak. Read the rest of this entry

Free Speech: What’s the catch?

Free Speech: What’s the catch?

As noted by Ann Coulter, there are no asterisks in the First Amendment.  However, for the over 12% of the population that is disabled, the time, place and manner restrictions that do not account for the disabled population place a bold asterisk on the First Amendment, that is, the government must not violate a person’s freedom of speech, unless that person is disabled.   If law and policy makers consider these seven principles, it is likely that the 12% of the population that are identified as disabled may be better able to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, as opposed to relegated to platforms where they are less able to spread their message or consume the message of others…

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