Google Images – Search Term “Disabled Person”

I cannot remember the original Tweeter but I came across a tweet earlier today that said if you typed "disabled person" into Google Images then 90% of the pictures were of wheelchair users and over 50% were white males. So I decided to go and see if this were indeed the case because after all,…

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The ‘magical’ world of autism and the hypocrisy of referring to ‘god-like’ powers

Another study came out referencing the 'magical world theory' of autism and some members of the autistic community expressed their frustration at the othering connotations of using terms like 'magical world'. I find these kinds of things equally annoying - by positioning reactions or responses of autistic people as part of some 'magical world', it's…

Death by Indifference

Over on my main site - I recently reviewed Justice for LB by Sara Ryan. It is one of those books that makes the reader angry at the state of the world. Death by indifference has long been chronicled by organisations such as Mencap; there is not doubt that throughout history many people with disabilities…

Teaching assistants – just part of the job?

Linking in to my recent review of Working with Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom by Gill Ansell, this post is going to briefly introduce a topic that comes up often enough if you Google it, has appeared in multiple news sources, and is discussed by teaching assistants themselves quite regularly and yet very little seems…

Cuts, cuts, cuts…

I imagine that a similar situation is playing out in other countries around the world right now - but this week for me has been a week of watching the funding for services for people with special educational needs or disabilities get cut. I left my job working in a school because I could no…