Glee-less

Glee-less

I have been a fan of the Fox television comedy Glee for a while now. I like it for a lot of reasons, not the least of which has been the inclusion of the character of Becky, a member of the McKinley High Cheer Squad who has Down syndrome. It’s a portrayal which...
Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

Better off Dead than Disabled?: The Royal Society of Canadian Experts Report released this week on End-of-Life decision making plays the all too familiar game of “duck and cover” regarding the effect of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide on...
Born This Way

Born This Way

Lady Gaga, Popular Media, and Pushing Back the Tide I have been thinking a lot lately about what the general consensus is within community about the quality of life experienced by persons with disabilities. The messages abound-and most of them are dark, cloaked in a...
Canary in the Coal Mine

Canary in the Coal Mine

This entire abominable race towards chromosomal and developmental perfection has got me worried…does it remind anyone else of a little social experiment that went totally off the rails in Germany in the 1940’s? The creeping resurgence of institutional...