Blogging Disability

By Rachel Walden |

May 1 was , and nearly 200 people contributed posts that have been rounded up at . The entries deal with a number of topics of concern to women with disabilities and disability rights advocates, including employment, education, parenting, health care, and sex.

Some of women-specific posts include:

  • At Undercover Punk, this post addresses, among other issues, how women – because of how the system is set up and because they may be read likely to spend time out of the workplace or earn less than men – face problems when attempting to receive disability benefits through Social Security.
  • Miss Waxie at A Comic Life, Indeed describes a clinic encounter in which a provider tried to steer her away from her needed medicines on the basis of possible effects on her future fertility.
  • From the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, on the very high rates of sexual violence experienced by women with disabilities, and the need to remember all women when thinking about sexual violence.
  • by SKM at Shakesville, on the devaluing of domestic and caretaking work that is considered “women’s work,” from the perspective of someone with a chronic illness.

A few of the blogs by and for women on disability:

  • (click through for blog)
  • (with lots and lots of links to additional blogs on disability)

There’s also a .

Please feel free to suggestion additional blogs and resources in the comments as well!


  1. Mrs Spock says:

    Even though this doesn’t apply to Miss Waxie’s case, I will say that I know quite a few infertility bloggers who wished their physician had mentioned to them the effects treatment would have on their future fertility, including several folks who had childhood cancer. I know, even with all my chronic pain syndromes, at one point I never thought I’d want children- and that changed significantly the older I became. And now, of course, the worse my pain gets, the less open I become to going off my pain meds to increase my family size. Parenthood is something that many people have a desire to experience, and whether that means spending read time learning about adoption- because not all of us can realistically go without our needed treatments- and understanding what negative effects treatments could have on our fertility, and what we could do about them, merits knowing.

  2. Miss Waxie says:

    Thanks for listening me among your links. Until recently, I never really realized how much red-tape I wade through simply based on my sex organs.

    I thought you might be interested in my latest comic: women’s issues, medicine, and surgery collide when failing to produce enough urine for a pregnancy test nearly prevents me from getting a sedative for my eye surgery –

    – Miss Waxie

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