Literary Magazines in Online Spaces: A Call for Reevaluating Accessibility
"Literary magazines continue to thrive in the digital age, and they serve as an increasingly important platform for conversations about the need for diverse art, as well as the advancement of writers and artists from marginalized groups—those who tend to be eschewed by mainstream publishers. While one of the benefits of having an online presence for literary magazines is the opportunity to be discovered by a wider audience, it is not a panacea for accessibility—especially for the disabled, as well as those of low socioeconomic status who may not have access to the Internet. "
Able and Disabled Bodies in Two Dutch Discourses of Cost and Value
"In the Netherlands, as in many countries, fear of disability is always evident. From potent terms of abuse and exasperation (mongool, doe normaal), to persistent segregation in schools, workplaces and public spaces, this fear is audible and visible, as illustrated by the image above. Eugenic discourses regarding bodies and minds labelled as “disabled” pervade the medical and cultural realm, promising a future where perfect people can be created, and disabled or sick bodies can be painlessly removed. "
The Last Taboo? Wanting To Die
"The problematics of wanting to die lie with what we think such a decision is based upon. Why do I find my life not worthy of living anymore? What are the circumstances that have led to this decision? When it concerns people with disabilities, disability activists have a clear cut answer: society is not inclusive enough, society degrades a person with a disability to the margins. Society tells a disabled person: your life is not worth living. But a wish to die is more complicated than that."
All On the Spectrum? The (Mis)Use of Psychiatric Labels
What makes a disease or disorder real or fictitious? When DSM-5 was published, it seemed certain disorders had ceased to ‘exist’. And so, the on-going debate around the merits of the (DSM) practice of psychiatric labelling flared up again. Is the categorical distinction of symptoms, based mostly on consensus, the best diagnostic tool? Is there an alternative to this so-called ‘diagnostic bible’? And what does it mean for an individual to ‘loose’ his disorder? In this article, Annabel Nijhof proposes a move towards a more dimensional approach to psychiatric labelling as opposed to the categorical thinking of the DSM.
The Oldest Grom: A Crip Time for Surfers
In recent years, there has been a great number of narratives concerning characters with autism. There is a case being made for the practice of surfing as a way of alleviating the complications of autism. The short documentary Curt by Brendan Hearne shines a light on this intersection between sport and disability. In this article, Elinor Gittins will try to find an answer on how the protagonists' surfing practice is framed through disability and how the representation of disability is affected.
Let’s Pack Up Our Dis/Abilities!
"Historically, able-bodied people were seen as superior and therefore tourism was something disabled people did not need, or even worse, did not deserve. Nowadays, it can be argued that our reactions to people with disabilities going on holiday stem from the confrontation, during a time of pleasure, with something we have become more aware and afraid of, namely losing our able-bodiedness."