Other Sites

These are some resources that I often consult as I think about technologies and disability, especially how tropes about disability often contain prescriptive messages about technology and its redemptive power (and how this is often not helpful).

Course Pages: These are pages of classes at other universities that have topics that intersect with our own course theme or provide additional resources in areas that we will not make focal in this course.

Disability in Media: This class site on Disability in the Media developed by Natalie Martiniello is fantastic; it has units worth reading on the SuperCrip Phenomenon and other common tropes in the communication and coverage of disability: http://www.trinimex.ca/disabilityinmedia/index.htm

Annotating Disability Studies: A class project developed by Lauren Obermark, this site provides an annotated bibliography of topic areas in disability studies. The student have provided wonderful descriptions of the links they give:  https://annotatingds.wordpress.com/

Black Disabled Woman Syllabus Compilation: Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice! provides a wonderful reading list. Next run of T&D will have more of these readings integrated. It’s an amazing resource: http://rampyourvoice.com/2016/05/05/black-disabled-woman-syllabus-compilation/

Understanding Disability Through Mass Media: Beth Haller’s course on this topic focuses on the representation of disability: https://bethhaller.wordpress.com/syllabi/understanding-disability-through-mass-media/?fref=gc&dti=815091775182425

Blogs: Sometimes these blogs talk about technologies and infrastructure related to disabilities. (Note that some disabled folks are reclaiming “cripple” or “crip” in the way that some in the LGBT community have reclaimed “queer.”)

Born Just Right: Jen Lee Reeves writes about her experiences as a mother with a limb different child and writes passionately about the image and limits of prosthetics. Her post “Prosthetics do not change everything” is useful in thinking about media coverage of prosthetic tech: http://www.bornjustright.com/

Bad Cripple: Bill Peace, Syracuse University, keeps a blog where he’s posted about our society’s misguided prioritization of walking, as well as thoughts about access, parenting and disability, and more: http://badcripple.blogspot.com/

Star in Her Eye: Heather Kirn Lanier, author and poet, writes about parenting a child with a disability, and has a great post about assistive walkers and imagery of disability (among other great posts): https://starinhereye.wordpress.com/

Smartass Cripple: Mike Ervin, disability activist, keeps a sarcastic blog about disability inspiration, poor cultural narratives about disability, and other relevant topics: http://smartasscripple.blogspot.com/

Disability Rights Bastard: The Disability Rights Bastard blogs about disability coverage in the news and culture: https://disabilityrightsbastard.wordpress.com/

Autistic Hoya: Lydia Brown focuses on autistic culture and pride at Autistic Hoya: http://www.autistichoya.com/

Words I Wheel By: Emily Ladau blogs about technologies, access, and disability: http://wordsiwheelby.com/

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