10 Top Disability Blogs

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Since becoming more serious about my online presence, and blogging regularly, I have come across several high quality websites that cover disability topics very well.  In no particular order, I encourage you to visit these sites and connect with the authors of the best disability blogs I have seen.

Get Mobilized!
http://getmobilized.ca/

Jeff Preston, a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Ontario, drove his electric wheelchair from London, ON to Ottawa ON, over a period of weeks to bring awareness to the lack of accessible transportation in Canadian cities.  Now, he is running for City Councilor with an innovative online and real world campaign, with goals and issues put forward by his supporters.

Ouch! (BBC Disability Blog)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/

A great program of the British Broadcasting Corporation that explores all things disability.

JJ’s List
http://www.jjslist.com

A Chicago based activist who knows full well the powerful economic impact of people touched by disability.  JJ’s List reviews the accessibility of businesses across the world.  This website is also a rich resource of video and articles celebrating disability.

Rolling Around in My Head
http://www.davehingsburger.blogspot.com/

This top Canadian blog by the fantastic writer Dave Hinsburger has kept me coming back with whit and wisdom, time and again.  Disability injustice and pride clash often in extremely well written posts.

Glenda Watson Hyatt
http://www.doitmyselfblog.com

This activist and author owns her identity, which has been crafted in part by Cerebral Palsy.  Her blog posts ooze power and conviction – with thoughtful pushes for change.

Disability Intel
http://www.disabilityintel.blogspot.com/

Disability Intel is a great blog with in depth news, analysis and commentary on disability supports, policy and culture.

Enabled By Design
http://enabledbydesign.org/

Assistive technology is essential to the disability movement.  Enabled by Design is innovative; the technology and design you can find there is worth learning about.

Council of Canadians with Disabilities
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/

CCD Online is not necessarily a blog, but serves rather as an invaluable feed of news and resources relating to disability in Canada.  It is an essential bookmark.

The Gimp Parade
http://thegimpparade.blogspot.com/

“An overeducated, underemployed American disabled feminist.”  Guaranteed good read.

Planet of the Blind
http://www.planet-of-the-blind.com/

This blog by Stephen Kuusisto is a fantastic read and resource.  “Planet of the Blind – It’s Not as Dark as You Think.”

Have a blog or resource you would like me to check out? info@joshvandervies.com

  • http://shawnmmurinko.blogspot.com/ Shawn

    For your consideration. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PRCtalk Pearl River

    Sen. Cochran comes to man’s aid on claimA Hattiesburg man who pleaded guilty in federal court to threatening Social Security Administration employees may get a disability hearing after all – thanks to some help from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office.Louis Jerome Smith, 49, pleaded guilty in February to one of the three counts of his indictment in U.S. District Court. Smith admitted to threatening to assault and murder Social Security Administration employees with intent to retaliate against them for performance of their official duties.Smith, who now lives in Hattiesburg, said the tension leading to his charges came from difficulties in dealing with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.Smith was arrested right before what was set to be a final hearing before Judge Lanier Williams to decide whether he would receive disability payments.According to Williams’ decision on the matter, Smith’s claim was denied in part because the judge decided that Smith’s absence from the hearing was not due to situations beyond his control.”They knew I wasn’t going to show up in court because they were involved with having me incarcerated,” Smith said.Chris Gallegos, spokesman for Cochran’s office, said the senator’s personnel have been helping Smith with his claim for almost a year.Gallegos said the central Office of Disability Adjudication and Review told Cochran employees on July 5 that Smith’s case would be examined to determine whether he deserves a new hearing and that the decision to grant or deny a new hearing should be made in 60 to 90 days.Gallegos said Cochran’s office often helps citizens deal with federal agencies.”Constituents who may have a problem with a federal agency can appeal to the senator’s office,” he said. “Our field offices know how to deal with the various offices and agencies.”Smith said his troubles with the Social Security Administration have been going on for some time.”I’ve been applying for Social Security ever since I was – gosh, in my 20s,” Smith said.”I’ve just had a hard time struggling with working in society.”Smith has been diagnosed with several disorders at different times by different doctors, including paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and various personality disorders.He said he has had more than 150 jobs in his life.”He seldom worked over four to six months at any place and would lose his jobs because he could not get along with people or he might run up telephone bills and have telephone problems,” states a psychological evaluation prepared by the federal Bureau of Prisons while Smith was incarcerated pending action on his charges.”I’m just having such a hard time holding down a job,” Smith said.”It’s not that I don’t want to work – I’m not lazy – it’s just my mental condition.”Smith allegedly made the threats in 2010 in regards to how the Social Security Administration was handling his disability claim.An affidavit from FBI agent James H. Grunwald filed with the initial criminal complaint against Smith states the threats started on April 28, 2010, when Smith allegedly told employees of the Social Security office on Broadway Drive in Hattiesburg that he would do something he might regret if Social Security couldn’t handle his disability claim.Smith said he was being treated for suicidal tendencies at the time and that his comment was meant to carry suicidal implications, not of violence toward others.”I didn’t mean it like I was going to do anything,” he said. “I never had any intention to do anything to social security.”Smith said he eventually pleaded guilty to invoke the mercy of the court because he didn’t have the resources to properly defend himself in criminal proceedings and that he wanted to hurry the legal action against him so he could get out of jail.District Court Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Smith in April to the time he had already served behind bars since his arrest in September, a $3,100 fine and five months of probation.Smith also now wears an electronic monitoring bracelet.Smith said he was physically assaulted several times while he was behind bars and sexually assaulted once.”I’ve been through so much, words cannot explain,” he said.”I just don’t want it to happen to anybody else. You gotta watch what you say.”

  • http://www.inclusion.me.uk/ Matthew Occupational Therapist

    Wonder what do you think of the newish BBC Ouch format?

  • Ssutherland

    Thanks for the list.  I found the links informative even booked marked a few.  I should mention that a few are no longer active.

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  • Michelle Fischer

    Hi Josh!

    I came across your site because I’m an internet podcast show host who has cerebral palsy myself and I am always looking for inspirational stories and blogs! Thank you for your list of blogs and thank you so much for your own story!! :)

  • sgodin

    Hi, thanks for the list. I only ran across your site recently but already I have read several worthwhile articles from the list you provided. Even bookmarked a few. Thanks again.

  • JB

    Great site, I am starting a new Disability resource site please visit at http://www.DisabilitySuccess.com

  • LA

    I am just starting my blog involving more people with a disability in creating Apps and get involved in the App building.

    http://laappdeveloper.com/disabilityblog/

  • http://www.sarahkovac.com Sarah Kovac

    I write a blog and am also disabled. I have a new book coming out and am searching around for other bloggers in my niche, so this list was helpful. I am a little disappointed however by what I’ve found. So many “disability blogs” spend a lot of time griping about how people treat them and how unjust society, government, etc. are. People are ignorant and act accordingly… I know this. But that doesn’t give us the right to be ignorant too. And the more we complain about “normal” people, the more polarized we will be. Sad.

    • http://www.joshvandervies.com Josh Vander Vies

      Hi Sarah – thanks for the great comment. I agree that an attitude of whining can be a very disabling thing. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  • Happy Comfort

    Here are a couple articles that can encourage teens with disability’s or continuing illness. Titled “what if I Have a Health Problem?” Enjoy!

    http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/family/teenagers/ask/health-problem-part-1/

    http://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/family/teenagers/ask/health-problem-part-2/

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.mcfarlane.923 Jessica Grono

    My blog is at jessicagrono.com and I have cerebral palsy plus a mom. This is a great list!

  • Aaron

    I was looking for blogs to compare notes with, and a few to help inspire me along the way. Thanks for pulling this list together. I’ve been debating over starting a blog about my disability for sometime. With encouragement I decided to get it going. If you could give me any feedback on my posts I’d be grateful. I’ve been living with this for about seven years, and until now I haven’t begun to fully embrace it. –> aaronlef.wordpress.com

  • Jeff

    Check out my new resource site at http://www.EnrichmentU.com we have teamed up with Success for College Students with Disabilities. Please check it out.

  • Bw Smith

    Here’s a good source: http://disabilityfacts.blogspot.com/

  • Grover

    Is this what still happens to disabled people in England even in this day and age?

    http://twerton-community-news.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/new-bollards-in-place.html

  • Cam Cam

    Really great collection here Josh, I have to say the bbc ouch blog has always been the winner for me.
    Cameron | Gainsborough

  • Seable

    Great source of information. Thanks for sharing!
    Hopefully we will be included in that list in the near future
    http://blog.seable.co.uk / http://seableholidays.blogspot.co.uk

  • hideandseekid

    NEW BLOG POST: Our first blog post about 2014 is about our aims for the year! Please have a read, let us know your thoughts and share with as many people as possible!

    http://hideandseekdisabilities.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/happy-new-year-from-hideandseek_3.html

  • bob

    I visited a few of these blogs, they are very useful, they helped me when I was looking at access lifts

  • Joe Hemphill

    This is a good sight. We all must speak up. This is how things happen to improve situations for everybody.

  • Raeanne Woodman

    This is an excellent resource! Thank you for all of your hard work in compiling this informative list. Also, here is a link to my own site: http://www.ez2use.biz/ I have been a wheelchair-user for over twenty-five years now.

  • Joanne Dufault

    Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

  • alen arton

    Thank you so much for your hard work really appreciate it

    here’s video for needy people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajwr3EvbLjs

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  • T Alika Hickman

    I hope everyone that has a disability will be inspired by my new music video and song..

    http://youtu.be/45cwCQ0ZMvc


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