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Rereading the Book that Changed my Life

Last time I went to my favorite bookstore, I found an old copy of the book that I read in 7th grade that helped me understand Dyslexia. It is called To Read or Not to Read by Daphne M. Hurford, I was currious if the book would still be good to someone who has read tons on disability and also on idenity and not just on the medical view of Disability. 14 years later it made me happy in most of the same ways. It talks about famous people with disabilties and about how different people with dyslexia work to achieve. It talks about discrimination, differences in laws and how special education can be different per school. It also talks about the differences between high school and college. Rereading it, it reads in many of the ways I think if I were to write a book it would sound. I think this probably means as well that this book has shaped most of how I view my dyslexia.


What also facisnates me about her book is how it is one big story. A story of the people who have dyslexia and how dysle…

Comments on writing and spelling

I have been overhearing a lot of comments lately that make me really pissed off. I address them each time and they still piss me off. I think the people who say them don't realize how they sound or maybe they do. I think because I am with more and more smart people the more they take for grant it people can spell. This is something that is wierd becuase I know I can not infact I write this blog unspellchecked  partially to prove a pont that I have come very far even with out help from where i was. I also do it to prove just because you can't spell means nothing.

I have never really been able to understand why spelling if it is close to write matters cause I can not catch spelling mistakes on my own and I know it. So after all that comments that say people who can't spell are dumb really piss me off cause I guess i know if that is the case that makes me dumb. I know at this point in my life that I am not dumb.

So comments I have heard lately are: If you can't spell some…

Magic powers, abilities, Wizards, disabilities,

Almost everytime I see a movie or read a book about super power or magic, I always think disability. Maybe this is odd, I routinely wonder if it has to do with the first book I ever remember reading by myself was the Wizard of Oz series and the idea I was doing something I wasn't supposed to be doing was truely magical. To this day everytime I read a book there is a part of me that says HAHAHAHHAHA I am not supposed to be able to do this and in that there is a certain magic. That ability to both know you don't read how other people read, that when you describe your process people look at you like you are mad, but also that the fact that it is someways magic.

I have often felt that dyslexic/ADHD kids see things others don't maybe a magical world that one thing can take you on a new adventure.. I always talk about thinking in pictures or images that lead to another. I don't know how to describe it, it is kinda how the HBO movie Temple Gradin see how she says if you say d…

RFBD to Learning Ally

http://www.learningally.org/About-Us/19/ 

So Reading for the Blind ad Dyslexic have a  new name which is more abigous Learning Ally. If you area dyslexic kid like me I would guess most of you have heard about RFBD. In their recent change they made some good points one which is RFBD is a hard acronym for dyslexics to remember I have to a test that I am always trying to get this correct and specifically with the B and D right next to each other not the easiest to do. They also said they do more then work with Blind and Dyslexics again totally agree good idea to switch. So mainly I am not attached to the name RFBD at all. No warm fuzies just well there.

I am confused with the Learning Ally as the thing to switch to mainly cause there is nothing to connect it to reading or disabilities. I am okay with not being attached to one or the other but I would say most people think of them with print disabilities. So Reading Ally would be better. However I think everyone on this site knows my love…

Pretty Little Liars

So I watch this show on a fairly regular basis, mainly because I think it has one of the most honest potrayls of lesbians on tv. I think the coming out process is very honest. Each week I find Emily becoming a stronger more independent more sure of herself person. I enjoy the mystery of the show and all the main characters, but is it just me or is this one of the worst potrayls of disability I have seen in awhile maybe since million dollar baby.


They continue on the old steryotype of people with disabilities being evil and do it so intensly. She isn't just blind she is forcing her brother to have sex with her. They keep showing this girl as this sooo intensly evil person that just by looking at her the main charcters are so obviously frightened. They not only show her as intensely evil but also push this idea of pittying her for her disability. I keep hoping the show will some how stop the way she is potrayed but they never do.

So my delema has been I love watching this show for o…

Spelling

Mark Twain once said something upon the lines of if you can only think of one way to spell a word you are very dull. I have recently seen a complate on someone's facebook for the lack of spelling currently used. Saying if you can get to high school you should be able to spell. Clearly I can't, I have worked my butt off to be able to spell as good as I can.  For me there are very few times spelling really matters.  I usually state when I do a presentation that I can't spell so don't expect it.

I spent hours upon hours learning to spell in a way I know very few people do, however still this lack of spelling is seen as a sign of lazyness and uneducatedness. I get tired of it in fact my biggest pet peeve is people who really care about spelling.

I think one of the reasons I don't get it is because I do not read how most people do. I don't read word for word so not understanding a word or how it is spelled for me effects nothing. However I have been told many people…

what is in a name

I can tell you most of the PC names for everything I can tell you exactly how I identify at this moment. It isn't something I have to think about mainly cause every single year as a student affairs person you have to list in order what idenities are important to me. A person with a disability is always high on my list.

If I am of an idenity and I know you are of the same I use my word to refer to you usually and if not then I refer to you as how you identify your self. I never try and change how you identify yourself. I might explain why I identify the way I do or ask why you identify that way. I might tell someone who isn't of the group how the pc way is to identify, exspecially if they are offensive. I never though say you should identify as x cause it is your idenity not mine.

Book list

I did all my resolutions this year except the book one which I sorta know I won't achieve but I like counting the books so 58 books and 22,798 pages.

1) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 370pg This was a really good book about the underworld of London I really enjoyed it this is the first of the suggested books by my cousins and I have to say almost every book they suggested I liked.

2) Sex Wars by Marge Piercy 411pg  This was an interesting book about the 1910s and a fictional potrayal of women's rights I read it for a book group and really enjoyed it.

3) The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey 487 Another cousin recomended book. I have quickly found out I love Mercedes Lackey I find her to be quick and entertaining reads. I also love that she has primarly female leads.

4) The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum by Rebecca LonCraine 329pg I really enjoyed this book learned L frank balm was a suffergete

5) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 280pg I found this just ok it was…

Where is your favorite place on Earth?

One of mine is this big old bookstore in Detroit John King books it is filled everywhere around you of books. It is like all the old movies about an old hunted library. Your whole body feels like the life has been sucked out of you. I can not remember the first time we went, my mom used to work across the street and would tell stories of runnign across the street just to check what books came in. John King is the first place I started collecting old books. I would like to say I am a collector of old books what I like most about them is that as long as you don't want the top books you can get anything pretty cheaply in high school I gave gifts to people in drama by buying $1 shakespear complete colletions from the 1900s. I loved it cause they would be these imaculate copies that looked like they came out of an old movie but were really not worth anything.
I started by collecting wizard of Oz books, which are sadly a very collectable item which means they are hard to find and more mo…

Failure

One of the things I routinely joke about is that I was working harder in 1st grade then I was in grad school. I am always amazed by this fact. Sometimes I would wonder to myself if that ment I was doing something wrong in grad school. It always made me keep going in grad school this maybe bad but at least when you do wrong you now know why so you can fix things.

That constant repetition of the imaginable things you don't know what to do. You get so tired of writing things over and over again. When you grow up you get to do things that are not repetitive. However in the same respect I find myself trying to find things that expand my writing to a point that I can be repetive in. I write down quotes sometimes because it is fun but also because it makes me work on my writing. I also write award nominations cause it makes me write things quickly and articuly with out proofreading usually so i have to be good at doing it myself and if I suck it doesn't matter. I find that writing is…

legality vs accomodation vs equal vs really?

I sometimes think I know too much about the legality of the ADA. I know how people get around the spirit and use legalese to say that they do not have to do something. I question constitently when people will do what is right cause it is right and when they do what is legal and as long as the legal thing is right why does it really matter one way or the other. I used to have this very defined idea of what was right with accomodations that every asked for accomodation is right. I no longer do, however there are sooo many times that the question of rights for accomodations are so obvious a resnoble accomodation that it would be ridiculous in my opinion not for them to be granted.

The question I continually graple with is currently college isn't a right it isn't part of your basic education. Some of this has to do with money. When eliminated the money involved with education I see college as a right. What I question myself on is accomodations are about making the playing field eq…