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Important Online Publications:
"Disability Rights Online News" has been published bimonthly by the U.S. Department of Justice since 2004, and details the Department's progress in securing and expanding the legal rights of Americans with disabilities. This is a very interesting resource that chronicles the progress of a major civil rights movement. Archived publications (going back to Issue #1, June 2004) discuss court decisions and settlements which have greatly increased accessibility and fair treatment for all. Available in both HTML and PDF formats.
"Mouth" ... the "voice of the disability nation" brings the conversation down to street level, where well-intentioned "special" programs wreak havoc in the lives of ordinary people. People talk about calling a spade a spade. "Mouth" called Jack Kevorkian a serial killer. And when maggots outnumbered nurses' aides at what others call a "care facility," "Mouth" called it a hellhole. The people at "Mouth" say it out loud: If special education is so darned special, every kid in every school ought to have the benefit of it. Print edition published bi-monthly (subscription fee). Samples and excerpts are available online.
"New Mobility" encourages the integration of active-lifestyle wheelchair users into mainstream society, while simultaneously reflecting the vibrant world of disability-related arts, media, advocacy and philosophy. Their stories foster a sense of community and empower readers to: Participate in all areas of life, including education, work, love, sex, home ownership, parenting, sports, recreation, travel and entertainment; be informed of and take charge of health concerns; obtain appropriate technology; and assert their legal rights. Published monthly.
"Ouch!" is the BBC's online disability magazine that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people in the UK. It has regular columns, features, quizzes, a monthly near-cult podcast, a blog or two and a community messageboard and a lot of other stuff. All contributors, well, 99% of them, are disabled - and Ouch's editorial team is rather "wonky" (off-center), and deserve big fat special diversity badges too. With its droll sense of humor, this site is definitely British.
"The Ragged Edge" is an online publication devoted to disability rights and other social issues which concern disabled Americans. It has been published in its present form since 1997, and before that, it was published under the name "Disability Rag". If you want to get a taste of that early disability rights publication, The Ragged Edge anthology offers you the disability experience from the pages of the first 15 years of The Disability Rag. The Ragged-Edge archives contain articles dating from 1997.
Blogs Worth Reading:
"Social Security News" written by Charles T. Hall, author of Social Security Disability Practice (the definitive textbook for lawyers who specialize in related issues). The blog is updated frequently, and discusses news affecting Social Security issues, laws and policies.
"Crip Commentary" Laura Hershey (1962-2010) was a knowledgeable consultant, published writer/researcher, and committed advocate who worked professionally in the disability field for over 25 years on a wide variety of projects related to disability policy and social justice issues. Her website contains a wealth of well-written commentaries on the early days of the disability movement.
"Edge Centric" Written by the editor of "The Ragged Edge", Mary Johnson's blog is a running commentary on disability rights. This is a "ripped-from-the-headlines" resource in which Mary expresses her views on topics such as assisted suicide, disability politics, discrimination, and the wheelchair access battle. "Edge-Centric" makes interesting reading.
"The Gimp Parade" This blog is about social issues, culture and politics relating to disability rights. The author, Kay Olson ("Blue") says that there's some crossover between social issues and "health-relatedness" that may be confusing, especially when she relates specifics of her impairments, hospital visits and such, but those are the details of how social issues, culture and politics come into play. They're the evidence of why disability rights are important.
"Secondhand Smoke" by Wesley J. Smith. This blog considers issues involving assisted suicide/euthanasia, bioethics, human cloning, biotechnology, and the dangers of animal rights/liberation. Mr Smith's views expressed here, as in his books and other writings, reflect his understanding that the philosophy of human exceptionalism is the bedrock of universal human rights. Or, to put it another way: Human life matters.