New Feminist Disability Blog Launched, and Disability Info on Twitter
By Rachel Walden — October 14, 2009
A new blog, FWD/Forward, has recently launched. The About section of the site explains:
FWD/Forward is a group blog written by feminists with disabilities. It is a place to discuss disability issues and the intersection between feminism and disability rights activism. The content here ranges from basic information which is designed to introduce people who are new to disability issues or feminism to some core concepts, to more advanced topics, with the goal of promoting discussion, conversation, fellowship, and education.
Although the site just launched on October 6th, there are a number of posts up already on a variety of topics, such as inclusionary language and the use of words such as “lame” and “hysterical.” One post that particularly caught my eye was this one on outrage about pre-existing condition exclusions in health insurance, noting the attention c-sections and domestic violence have recently received as compared to many other conditions that lead to such exclusions.
The blogroll is also well worth exploring; the site contributors explain that it is focused on including blogs that cover disabilities and feminist sites that explore disability issues fairly often.
For other disability resources, you might check out disability.gov. Primarily for a U.S. audience, this government-run website provides information on disability laws and benefits, assistive technology, filing complaints related to civil right/ADA violations, emergency preparedness, health care, grants, education and scholarships, housing, transportation, and other topics.
There is also an associated Twitter account, @disabilitygov, which provides news and resources on a number of disability-related topics.