Author Archives: Ryan Boren
Equity Literacy: Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity in Our Spheres of Influence
Mindset marketing is no threat to inequity and injustice. It’s bikeshedding of the same old deficit ideology. It flakes off quickly. A big influence on me is Paul Gorski of the Equity Literacy Institute. I wish every educator with growth mindset, grit, SEL, and PBIS in their social media bios would take Gorski’s equity courses.Continue reading “Equity Literacy: Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity in Our Spheres of Influence”
Back to Normal, Back to Inaccessible
Over on my personal blog, I wrote about the post-lockdown return to inaccessibility. “Autistic people have significant barriers to accessing safety.” Likewise physically disabled people. Lockdown bettered accessibility and neurological pluralism, and thus safety, in myriad ways that are now disappearing. Source: Back to Normal, Back to Inaccessible – Ryan Boren
Politically and Culturally-engaged Collaborators, Not Just Users and Testers
Clinical, charitable, and institutional channels serve to weed out isolated, multiply marginalized, independent activists, scholars, and artists—those who may be suspicious of large-scale, centralized approaches to advocacy and the ways they tend to concentrate power. By relying primarily on charities as recruitment channels, Unilever effectively ensured that politically and culturally engaged disabled people were excludedContinue reading “Politically and Culturally-engaged Collaborators, Not Just Users and Testers”
Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion.
Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion. Source: Disabled People Have WFH For Years. Companies Catch Up The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge. Source: Bill Gates Says You Must Provide This Perk if You Want to HireContinue reading “Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion.”
Chronic Neurodivergent Depressed Queer Punk: Punk Rock, the Social Model of Disability, and the Dream of the Accepting Community
Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front. Punk subculture – Wikipedia The lyrics referred to the way many people viewed fans of punk rock (who often endured stares, slurs and assaults at the time), but they could just have easily been about people diagnosed with mental illnesses, who are frequently lookedContinue reading “Chronic Neurodivergent Depressed Queer Punk: Punk Rock, the Social Model of Disability, and the Dream of the Accepting Community”
20 reasons why I (an autistic person) am stressed pretty much constantly…
Pete Wharmby is one of our favorite neurodiversity advocates and consultants. We are happy to support his work and recommend adding him to your personal learning network. Here’s a thread from Pete on autistic stressors that we here at Stimpunks very much relate to. 20 reasons why I (an autistic person) am stressed pretty muchContinue reading “20 reasons why I (an autistic person) am stressed pretty much constantly…”
Fundamental Attribution Error and the Conquering Gaze from Nowhere
FAE attitudes and the “conquering gaze from nowhere” are rife in our systems, particularly education and healthcare. They are often leveled by straight, white, abled, neurotypical bodyminds against all other bodyminds. FAE and the conquering gaze exhaust our marginalized students, patients, and employees. Check your FAE. Check your gaze.
The need for digital sociology is now.
Design is Tested at the Edges: Intersectionality, The Social Model of Disability, and Design for Real Life
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