Thoughts from Andrew

Policy

Someone who can't move his legs has an impairment, but if it is impossible for him to enter the public library, he is disabled.

New policies are replacing those that restrict what the disabled can do. Modifications of the physical and social environment once considered acts of kindness are now being mandated.

There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production, and the widespread use of the word…

I hate the loss of diversity in the world, even though I sometimes get a little worn out by being that diversity. I don’t wish for anyone in particular…

If, as Foucault argued, "life is what is capable of error," and error itself is "at the root of what makes human thought and its history,"…

All kinds of attributes make one less able. Illiteracy and poverty are disabilities, and so are stupidity, obesity, and boringness. Extreme age and extreme…

"When parents say, 'I wish my child did not have autism,’ what they're really saying is, 'I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I…

There is a race going on. One team consists of the doctors who will make the deaf hear. They are humanitarian miracle-workers. On the other team are the…

Writing about elective surgery on children, medical ethicist Arthur Frank observes in The Hastings Center Report, "The possibility of fixing renders…

John Langdon Down proposed that human evolution had gone from black people to Asians to white people, and that white people born with Mongolism were actually…

Some parents manufacture an affirmative construction of their child’s disability to disguise their despair, while others have a deep and genuine experience…

"There is probably an interplay between personality and the deficit. You and I could have similar deficiencies, but we would make different choices.…

"I see a big split in my son between his disorder and his personality. He’s mostly not doing what he wants to do and acting as he wants to act.…

John Krystal said, "the earlier you are in any mental disease process, the less you know what you’re dealing with. Earlier intervention is almost…

"The problem in psychiatric diagnosis is that we have gone from an analog to a digital model, in which things are matters not of complex degrees…

For every dollar spent on vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities, the Social Security Administration saves seven dollars.

"Newtonian physics works well in most cases, but not in extreme cases. As Einstein pointed out, it fails at high speeds. Relativity explains that…

"Severe epileptic fits should have been killing her. That was nature's way of destroying person. But, no. There was a drug that could stop the spasms.…

Robert Sirota, president of the Manhattan School of Music, said, "Mothers had their little boys castrated in Renaissance Italy to give them a music…

The standard treatment was to send them to maternity homes where they were encouraged to surrender their children for adoption. They were told this would…

Jails draw on the popular belief that the more we punish people, the safer the country becomes. This is the same as the assumption that the more you whip…

In California’s juvenile facilities, "Youths in solitary confinement are often fed what officials call 'blender meals,’ in which a bologna sandwich,…

"The government should put more money into rehabilitating criminals so that they have a chance to turn their lives around. Most of us want to, if…

In 2008, there were 774,000 gang members in the U.S., almost half of them juveniles, belonging to 28,000 gangs.

Since 1999, more than 400 trans people have been murdered in the United States, and Transgender Day of Remembrance puts the rate of fatal hate crimes…

We may not be ashamed enough of what is authentically reprehensible, but we are likewise increasingly unashamed of what never should have embarrassed…

I espouse reproductive libertarianism, because when everyone has the broadest choice, love itself expands. The affection my family have found in one another…

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