Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Review

In Rick Riorden's book, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief", I wasn't expecting much. I mean, what kind of things can a twelve year old boy from Manhattan accomplish? Apparently, a lot. This boy, isn't just a boy. He's the son of the sea god, Poseidon.

Rick Riorden writes series' on gods. Egyptian and Greek gods. He also wrote a series called "The 39 Clues". The series of Percy Jackson has other series as a continuation that I plan on reading. Possibly I'll read some of his other work.

The book, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" starts out at a boarding school in Manhattan. Percy is determined not to get in trouble like he always does on field trips. But, as always, he does. He actually literally destroyed his teacher with a sword. After that is a whole adventure on him and the challenges he faces.

Finally, I'd like to recommend this book to young teens ready for fantasy. Also know this isn't just one book and is quite addictive. This book is great for just wanting to get involved in a series. It's also good for its comedic aspect.

Disabled in the 1950's

If you do any research at all about disabled people in the 1950's to the 1960's, you can see a disturbing and down right inhumane history that devastated hundreds, if not, thousands. Still to this day, I can bet confidently it will make you sick to your stomach. What happened to people with disabilities was horrific and tragic.

To give a source, so you won't have to just take my word for it, check out the article, "When the disabled were segregated" by Victoria Brignell on the site Newstatesmen. It gives all the information I will claim plus more detail. It gives background, eye witness accounts, and other sources of its own. The writer, Ms. Brignell, wrote more than one article about Disabled ( for Disability month) and I strongly encourage to check it out.

On to my rant, I wanna start with a quote from the article mentioned above. "Large number of British and American disabled people were put away in institutions on the grounds that it was for their own good and good of the society. For example, in 1913, the passing of the Mental Incapacity Act in Britain led to around 40,000 men and women being locked away, having been deemed 'feeble- minded' or 'morally defective'." This was what led to the horrors in the fifties and sixties.  Disabled being seen as lesser than has been there the whole time- yes. But, they were never put in homes. I think we can compare to homes today. Homes for mentally disabled and the elderly. Truthfully, having a mom who worked at one, they weren't often treated very well unless by a person that truly loved the people and what they do as a career. Even now a days, horrible things happen to them. Imagine that environment full of people who don't care at all. That's exactly what happened to people back then. As a result, many suffered and died.

On to what actually happened in the homes, we can list a few basic things that went down. Torture, mockery and murder. Children weren't allowed toys, often beat. Adults treated like children, also beat. There were homes for people with learning disabilities- yes, learning disabilities- that shaved the girls heads when they arrived. When children wet the beds, they had their sheets tied around their heads. They were not feed very well and often had to result in eating their own vomit. I knew a woman who had to do that so much when SHE was in one of those homes, she still does it as a way to relax. There is no question they were hurt and abused.

People were hurt in this way for a very long time until a woman went in and saw for herself, the torture that took place. There is more information in the article. To me, this is crazy. That I could have been in one of these situations. It's a scary thought. Luckily, it will never happen again in a America. Not since the ADA that was passed in 1990. I thank my lucky stars to be born in a time such as this.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Truted Sources

ADA.gov

The ADA was an act placed in 1990 about the discrimination against disabled. This site has information about the act. What's inside. To quote,"The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services." Which is basic, and accurate information.


This site I, personally, have visited many times. It's the site about my disability. I have found a lot about myself through this and trust it with information regarding the topic. To quote the front page, "OUR MISSION:To provide and encourage more understanding and mutual support among anyone affected with the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). To create a higher standard of AMC awareness by means of conferences, meetings, and studies. OUR VISION: To provide educational material to new parents, or soon-to-be parents regarding the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). To provide a resource of information to the medical field to include, but not limited to, occupational therapists, physical therapists to assist them in the treatment of a child or person with the diagnosis of AMC."



This site talks about disabled across the globe. It talks about meetings, International People with Disabilities Day and more! One of my personal topics is Disabled Athlete's. To quote, "The exclusion of athletes with disabilities who are treated differently is clearly discrimination, disabled athletes are excluded whether they have been doped or not, and punished more severely than theirable-bodied teammates." This site isn't afraid of adding slight opinion which I like.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Introduction

So, I started a blog. From the title, you can probably figure out the gist of it. I plan on making note and writing about disabled people through history. From legal beggers in ancient times, the homes in the fifties and sixties, to now. It will be messy and out of order (as far as the timeline goes) but I'll be getting as much information as I can.
I want to do this because It isn't talked about enough. We talk about other things, but never this. I hope to learn from this, as well as inform the public about our history, and our modern struggles.