Welcome to the "Planet of the Blind" and the December 14, 2006 edition of the disability blog carnival. We appreciate your stopping by, and we VERY MUCH appreciate the contributions of all those who participated this time around.
This blog carnival is concerned with disability and travel: a complex subject as people with disabilities well know. We are calling this carnival "the good, the bad, and the ugly" since we know that there are diverging characteristics associated with every journey and voyages by people with disabilities are no exception. It's possible to take a trip and find the good, the bad, and the ugly all in the same day. Some journeys are singularly wonderful or entirely awful. Some are just plain bad.
Those of us who have a disability or who live with a person who has one, understand implicitly that the signs of difference associated with disability are often a kind of invitation or incitement that can influence how the temporarily abled behave. In effect, it's possible to think of disability as a catalyst of sorts. Enter a disabled person into the story and things can change quickly and this is all the more evident in circumstances that involve traveling. As a result we have not categorized the stories that comprise this blog carnival. Each of these narratives can speak for itself.
On a more personal note, and perhaps this is a tangent, I (Steve) look forward to the day when airplanes have disability seating so that people with wheelchairs or dog guides are no longer considered extraordinary passengers. I long for the day when people with disabilities can go places without undue hardship or socially constructed modes of self-consciousness. In the meantime, welcome to the carnival.
Warm Regards to All,
Connie and Steve Kuusisto
Laura Young presents this Powerful Story of Survival: Thirty-one Years and Still Standing posted at Dragon Slayer's Guide to Life, saying this is "The story of Michael Schwass, who just marked 31 years as a quadriplegic. His van just died, so traveling is getting ugly, but he keeps going. He was the first quad to be able to walk again without the use of braces and he can still stand to this day. He's a study in grace, even when I almost tipped him over when taking a turn too fast!"
We have royalty amongst us! Lady Bracknell recounts the best details of her recent investiture ceremony in Up That London, (Part II) The Investiture Ceremony posted at The Perorations of Lady Bracknell.
Goldfish shares her thoughts in It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door posted in her Diary of a Goldfish, saying, "This is about my experiences traveling before I became a wheelchair-user, but while I had a significant but entirely invisible mobility impairment."
In this post, James Wysong on Preboarding, posted at Barrier Free Travels, "Candy Harrington demystifies pre-boarding for disabled passengers". Reading Candy's article can't help but remind us of this post which we first spotted thanks to Lady Bracknell. Perhaps many of you have seen it already. I knew Lady Bracknell to be a wise woman when I read her comment: "She will therefore content herself with having posted the link so that her readers may follow the debate for themselves. With the proviso that it is likely to anger many of them greatly."
"Emma went sailing this summer--and just gave a talk to the sponsoring organization--she shares an article and a great photo about her trip" in her post My talk and an article about me! at The Life and Times of Emma.
Speaking of great photos, wait 'till you see these beauties by David Gayes in My Wheelchair's Vacation Story posted at Growing up with a disability. *Note: I told David this post was like a walk down memory lane for me (Connie) as I took a similar trip years ago.
In The Old Story found right here on the Planet of the Blind, Steve Kuusisto recounts several instances of what he can only call "weird travel experiences”. "If you are a person with a disability or a friend or family member of someone with a disability the chances are good that you have experienced odd situations when traveling...."
And here are some great posts admittedly "Not about travel..." but well worth sharing:
"Michael Bérubé has a nice short essay about his son's education in middle school" in Making the Grade posted at Le Blog Bérubé. Congratulations Michael, on being nominated “Best Educational Blog” (Weblog Awards 2006). If you know Michael's work, you can vote for him here but you better do it quick 'cause voting ends December 15 (tomorrow).
isabella mori presents alternative learners: artists posted at change therapy. "...the problem with using the term 'learning disabilities' is that it implies that alternative learners are learning dis-abled, which is often not true at all."
The Goldfish presents Search Engine Grab Bag: Get Well Wishes for Amputees. This too is posted at Moving Right Along. Read about how "Sara gives sound advice about sending get well wishes to new amputees."
Not a disability blog per se, Echidne of the Snakes is a political blog on which the author shares these "Interesting thoughts on a blind African-Mexican-American Pentecostal musician from the early 20th c. With audio clip links" in this post: Imagining Arizona Dranes c. 1905-?
Last but not least, we'd like to end this carnival on a seasonal note. We know you've been wondering: "What if it turned out that Rudolph couldn't actually save the day? What if he had just been different but not "special?" "And When Santa (Santa!) sees the 'deformity' "... what does he do? Find out in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer posted at yet another never updated blog.
That concludes this edition. We've checked all the links; we've checked them twice, but if you find any errors we need to fix, please feel free to let us know.
Submit your blog article to the next edition of disability blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Emma will be hosting carnival # 6 on January 11, 2007. Her theme: disability and how it can affect friendships/relationships (with friends, family, loved ones, colleagues, romantic/sexual - basically any sort of relationship). If you would prefer to e-mail Emma directly, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past posts and hosts can be found right here.