Category Archives: Oh Please!

Field Tested Rules for Crrpls

Rules for crrpls: do not ever ever ever ever ever imply that DISability rights is part of the larger struggle for universal human rights, against racism, sexism, gender justice and class power.

Rules for crrpls:  Don’t impose yourself on real social justice movements, attempt to infuse DISability rights into discussions of marginalization, or insist, provide suggestions or even resources that would enhance DISability access in the larger human rights struggle.

Rules for crrpls: Keep your political activism limited to organizations that focus on DISability rights and issues of access that don’t interfere with real social justice work, even if and when those organizations exclude you either because they are run by nonDISfolx, white folx, people with social and economic capital or a professionalized staff not interested in grassroots organizing.

rules for crrpls: When people try to help you, always be grateful. Never contradict them or try to explain what you really need. This will hurt their feelings (enrage them). They’re really doing their best (trying to make themselves feel good at your expense), and it’s not like you deserve to actually have a say in your agency, body autonomy or full inclusion.

rules for crrpls: Do not get offended when people make fun of your health condition or physical or emotional characteristics. Certainly don’t interrupt their fun by pointing out the arrogance, bigotry and entitlement inherent in making fun of people’s afflictions and certainly DON’T turn the tables by making fun of them, when they give you that tired excuse “we’re just kidding, lighten up.” When they say, “anything goes” that doesn’t REALLY mean that you can make THEIR entitled asses the butt of your jokes.

Rules for crrpls:  Don’t ever assert that Disability rights has any place in the larger struggle for social justice and human rights. these people are working hard enough for social justice to have to find time and resources to include your sorry ass.

Rules for crrpls:  Appear grateful and upbeat at all times, and if you can, provide material for the inspiration of people without DISabilities.– You know: paint with your feet, walk on your hands, sing out of your ass– stuff like that. They love that shit.

Rules for crrpls:  Never appear more capable than someone without a DISability. This embarrasses them and interferes with their entitled sense of superiority. There’s nothing worse than appearing less capable than someone already labeled incapacitated.

Rules for crrpls:  Do not discuss your DISability in public. Discussion of DISability is the purview of those who do not have DISabilities, so they can appear magnanimous and generous.

rules for crrpls: Do not say “excuse me” if someone is blocking your way and is deep in conversation. Wait patiently until they are finished. Also, do not attempt to go around them, because they might bump into you and this would startle them.

Rules for crrpls: Don’t ask if an event that is open to the public or that you’ve been invited to, is ACTUALLY accessible. this is rude, as it puts the host on the spot and risks causing them embarrassment.

Rules for crrpls:  Don’t show up to an event that isn’t accessible. This too may lead to the embarrassment of the host. You should magically know with your other hyper sensitive enhanced sensory abilities, if an event is accessible or not.

Got any  more? Leave them in the comments…..

 

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Plus Sized Women of a Certain Age

Or: Who Brought Girdles Back?

All the plus models are young, all the older models are thin and some of us wear flats! So what’s up with the heels and the spanx? Our grandmothers wore girdles. We gave up that shit in the 60s and now the fashion industry is convincing an entire generation of young women to bring them back.#spanxaregirdles #nospanxnothanx #heelsdontdefinebeauty#wecantalllooklikejanefondalillytomlindianekeatonandkateysegal #pantsuitsareugly  What do women of a certain age wear? Plus Model Magazine????

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The Wheelchair Nuisance (or; Why Can’t Those People Just Go Away?)

By Emma Rosenthal
(Rosenthal submitted the following statement as an oped to The L.A. Times, in response to the article: Suits continue despite law to curb litigation” Friday September18, 2010. Let’s see if they print her commentary! Meanwhile, you read it here, first!)

The characterization of disability access litigation as nuisance lawsuits is profoundly dismissive, cruel and hurtful and belies a general resentment and reluctance of full inclusion for people with disabilities. This essential civil action is the only legal remedy provided to secure minimal civil rights for this significant sector of the population. L. A. Times reporter, Louis Sahagun‘s open hostility to disability access; ridiculing the extreme physical, social and emotional stress caused by constant barriers to society’s resources, makes his article read more like a tabloid editorial than a news report. The account didn’t cover the extreme ongoing lack of accessible public services for people with disabilities, but rather asserted that despite legislation intended to prevent litigation, people with disabilities continue to misuse the courts to assert our rights through “nuisance” lawsuits.

Sadly, for many people, basic human rights ARE a nuisance.  Those people are called bigots.

Anyone who either uses a wheelchair, scooter or walker,  or those who spend time with people with disabilities, know that there no need to invent abuses of civil rights legislation for disability access. Many shops including those in major tourist sections of this city: Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Sunset Junction, Fairfax, Melrose, Venice Beach, are not accessible.  Many stores clog up narrow aisles with displays and merchandise. Several local farmers markets use space in ways that are not only inaccessible to many shoppers, but, in setting up stalls, block accessible parking spaces and wheelchair ramps. Much of the L.A. housing stock, many local dog parks, playgrounds, paved walking trails, theaters, nightclubs, hotels and motels, places of worship, medical facilities, public transportation, sightseeing tour buses and trolleys, taxis, airport shuttles, human rights/peace organizations, labor organizations, public libraries, post offices, schools and universities, domestic violence shelters, are likewise frequently inaccessible.  While many facilities may have been built to comply with ADA regulations, the use of a venue quickly renders the space inaccessible:  lowered service counters that are not staffed (or are used to display ads to local theme parks), line cordons that aren’t wide enough for wheelchairs or scooters,  bath rooms  or hallways blocked by lockers and boxes, carts that  are left in the middle of aisles by store personnel, store scooters that are not charged between uses, leaving patrons stranded, accessible parking space usage that is  unenforced  or is used to display merchandise

Disability is a significant predictor of unemployment, homelessness, institutionalization, violent crime victimization, bullying, and poverty due to lack of access to social services, jobs, housing, education and medical care.  While the Chambers of Commerce and Merchants’ Associations cry foul, they repeatedly allot their ample resources, not to finding solutions or providing information to their members and supporting new businesses in assuring compliance, but rather to extensive lobbying campaigns to prevent new legislation from getting passed, and existing legislation from being enforced.  Use of the term “nuisance” to label the lawsuits that attempt to right these abuses, is a manipulative twist of words intended to increasingly turn the public against this vulnerable, marginalized population.  As for the merchant who exclaimed “Why would we want to limit access to anyone with cash in their pockets?”  Why indeed?   It’s not like there isn’t historic precedent. What excuse did Southern lunch counter owners and White Business Associations give for their disinterest in increasing their customer base?

Truth is, people with disabilities are to be unseen and unheard. Our mere presence is, for many, an offense and decreases the cachet of an establishment.

I have never filed a lawsuit for lack of access, though the opportunity presents itself every time I venture out into the world.  I may get litigious one day, but right now it’s just not what I want, nor how I should have to use my time. I do point out barriers to access and explain that such accommodations would result in more patrons, participation and greater sales (and would provide employees greater job security should they become disabled too).  Usually the response is either hostile or feigned indifference, offense, ridicule and humiliation.  Only in a few exceptions, were even the smallest (and often insufficient) changes made. So I am grateful for lawyers and individuals such as Eric Moran who have the courage, the patience and the tenacity to demand full human and civil rights for everyone.

In the face of grave injustice, someone has to be a nuisance!

DISABILITY ACTION ALERT: FLAG THIS ON CRAIGSLIST

CRAIGSLIST has a community enforcement program, where members of the community can flag an ad that violates law or other sensibilities. The organization A Place Called Home, has several job “opportunities” that have CLEARLY discriminatory critieria:

“hysical and Mental Demands
• Able to work in chaotic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
• Sit and walk throughout the day /Stand and walk for several consecutive hours during class time
• Lift up to 20 pounds occasionally
• Speech and hearing within normal ranges; speech clarity sufficient for standard face to face and telephone communications ”

Follow this link to all of these ads, click on each one, and flag it as prohibited (menu on upper right corner of the ad.)

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/jjj?query=a+place+called+home+is+seeking&srchType=A

job opportunity helping youth with self esteem

People With Disabilities NEED NOT APPLY!

What follows is my inquiry to a post to the L.A. Culture Net list serve for a job opportunity, along with the actual announcement.  I encourage my readers to consider a quick email letting the agency know what YOU think of their reasonable accommodations and the requisites of the ADA re dis-ability accommodations.  There’s no reason why a person with a dis-ability shouldn’t be able to handle an administrative position or that minor accommodation might provide this agency with a greater, perhaps more desirable candidate pool, especially considering the salary range for this ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION!!!

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DO YOU HIRE PEOPLE WITH DIS-ABILITIES?

“Physical and Mental Demands
• Able to work in chaotic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
• Sit and walk throughout the day /Stand and walk for several consecutive hours during class time
• Lift up to 20 pounds occasionally
• Speech and hearing within normal ranges; speech clarity sufficient for standard face to face and telephone communications
• Must be willing to work flexible schedule (including some evenings and weekends)”
COULD YOU BE MORE CLEAR: PEOPLE WITH DIS-ABILITIES NEED NOT APPLY!!!!

—–Original Message—–
>From: Angela <angela@apch.org>
>Sent: Aug 4, 2010 2:16 PM
>To: laculturenet@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [LACN] A Place Called Home is seeking an Educational Services Manager
>
>A PLACE CALLED HOME (APCH)
>
>
>A Place Called Home is seeking an Educational Services Manager
>Reports to: Director of Programs FLSA Status: Exempt
>Hours:  Full-Time Benefits: Competitive health insurance package, paid vacation, and 401K matching plan
>
>A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center in South Central Los Angeles.  APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, and fitness opportunities.  As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them.  Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active citizens capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.  (www.apch.org)
>
>SUMMARY
>The Educational Services Manager is responsible for successful implementation of academic programs for A Place Called Home including tutoring, assessment, collaboration with local district schools, intervention plans, etc. The Educational Services Manager is also responsible for supervising department staff, volunteers, and interns.
>
>Responsibilities  (Please request to view job description to view a complete list of responsibilities)
>• Oversee academic programs and classes (Literacy, CPU, Math, Writing, Poetry, etc.) and tutoring programs
>• Collaborate with local schools to coordinate services for members secure all relevant educational materials and agendas
>• Collaborate with departments to provide academic support to required programs (i.e. dance, sports, counseling, BTF, etc.)
>• Work in partnership with counseling and case management to develop personalized academic plans for individuals in academic crisis and or identify and refer members requiring counseling
>• Train, supervise, and evaluate Ed Services staff, interns, and volunteers
>• Develop educational criteria to assess readiness of all volunteers
>• Develop and Evaluate overall curriculum for Educational Services
>• Develop assessment tools and facilitate academic assessments for members appropriate grade level placement in tutoring or intersession programs
>• Plan and coordinate various educational ceremonies and enrichment activities (i.e. Academic Achievement Awards, Graduations, Field Trips)
>• Conduct parent/teacher meetings
>• Prepare and submit reports and paperwork (Bi-monthly, class reports, etc.)
>• Attend all meetings (Supervisor’s, Department, Staff, etc.)
>• Responsible for creating a visually exciting, fun, and clean learning environment (posters, bulletin boards, etc.)
>
>Technical and Performance Skills
>Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) (Written and Oral) Required
>Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills Classroom management skills
>Proofreading Skills Professionalism
>Computer Skills Time Management and Organizational Skills
>Collaborative Skills (ability to work with collaborative partners, staff, students, volunteers)
>Excel and Database Management Multi-tasking
>Detail oriented Dedicated to excellence
>
>Education/Training/Experience
>Degree: B.A. degree in Education or related field
>Minimum of 3 years in teaching capacity
>Minimum of 2 years in management capacity (minimum of 2 full-time equivalent staff members)
>
>Physical and Mental Demands
>• Able to work in chaotic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
>• Sit and walk throughout the day /Stand and walk for several consecutive hours during class time
>• Lift up to 20 pounds occasionally
>• Speech and hearing within normal ranges; speech clarity sufficient for standard face to face and telephone communications
>• Must be willing to work flexible schedule (including some evenings and weekends)
>
>EEO
>Background screening required
>
>To apply, please send your cover letter and resume, to Angela Maldonado; HR Director at angela@apch.org   (E-mail submission only/No phone inquiries)
>
>42,000, – 44,000

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.”to the person who had nothing better to do, than google:

“what disability does emma rosenthal have”
YO, wanna know what disability i have? it’s right here, YO!

https://inbedwithfridakahlo.wordpress.com/about/

now tell me something intimately private about YOUR LIFE fool!

(the stats of my blog lets me know what searches (google etc) people use to get to my page. someone googled “what disability does emma rosenthal have)

Commentary on “my sister came home from school wanting books on sign language”

i’ve seen this come up on facebook, several times and “liked” by several of my fb friends:
“When my sister was younger she came home from school one day and demanded I take her to the library so she could get books on sign language.I asked why? She told me there was a new kid at school who was deaf and she wanted to befriend him.  Today I stood beside her at their wedding watching her sign “I DO””

a quick search shows that this STORY is posted on several pages, including a phishing page, and a feel good page full of the types of platitudes that do more harm than good for people with dis-abilities.  (think positive.  don’t complain, don’t raise REAL social issues, cause that’s just negative.)
so as a dis-ability rights activist, addressing real issues of access and human rights on a daily basis, i ask:
where is this school that has one student who is deaf?
how was this child taught sign as an integrated part of language development,  if not in school?
where were the other kids who were deaf?
how did this child learn, if the teacher didn’t sign, and if the student didn’t receive instruction with other students who spoke his language?
how may women who are deaf “like” this post about a hearing woman marrying a man who is deaf?
can “deaf studies” be taught in arizona schools?
why does this story make hearing people feel good?
if this was a story about a white girl and a black boy, would the story be as “inspiring” or would it seem trite and insulting? (and how would black women feel about it?)
how many of the people who “like” this story, have friends who are deaf or are otherwise dis-abled?
how many of the people who “like” this story are outraged or even notice dis-ability discrimination, refuse to patronize restaurants, stores,  educational institutions, non-profit organizations, health care facilities etc. that are not fully inclusive,  demand sign language interpretation at all public events, demand classrooms with “special” education students  fully integrated within the general population and with full funding and materials to insure real educational access, and an assertive anti-bully campaign to protect students with dis-abilities who are more likely to be the targets of bullies?
demand that parents with dis-abilities have full  access to their children’s educational institution as easily as parents without dis-abilities?
do people who “like” this story find my questions offensive or over sensitive?  are more comfortable with dis-ability defined by people not considered to be dis-abled (in this case, hearing people) than by people with dis-abilities?
how many have attempted to communicate or have had actual contact  with people who are deaf?
what really matters to people with dis-abilities is: justice, access, inclusion, empowerment, self-definition.  exceptional stories about isolated people with dis-abilities really don’t help us much and have much more to do with how people without dis-abilities feel about their relationship with people with dis-abilities, than with how we identify ourselves, what we need, or how we see the dominant society which my romanticize the company of one or two of us who “break free” from the imposed isolation, and in the context of deafness, from their larger community and identity, but does little to really engage people with dis-abilities or include people with non-conforming physical characteristics into the larger society.