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Is Latest Role for Alec Baldwin Offensive to People with Disabilities?

Have you ever heard of the term “crip-face”? If you think it sounds like “blackface”, then you already have some idea of the meaning of this term. Crip-face refers to anytime an able-bodied person portrays a person with disability, and according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, Alec Baldwin is guilty of it. Do You Find Alec Baldwin’s Performance Offensive to People with Disabilities? In the upcoming film “Blind,” a man is prosecuted for insider trading, and because his wife is ignorant of his actions, she is assigned community service. To fulfill that order, Demi Moore’s character assists a blind man played by Alec Baldwin. The two become close, sparking a potential affair that the woman’s husband—played by Dylan McDermott—will do anything to stop. The thriller romance may promise the audience sultry excitement, but for disability advocates, it is a symptom of a much larger problem. According to the Ruderman Family…
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Could Combining Two Departments Hurt Oklahomans with Disabilities?

Do you know what the Office of Disability Concerns is? Here in Oklahoma, this office helps people with disabilities find resources and employment. It also works with business owners to ensure that businesses are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a small office that only gets around $246,000 a year, so why are legislators trying to combine it with another office? Will Combining Two Government Offices Hurt Oklahomans with Disabilities? On May 10th, a bill was introduced that would merge the Office of Disability Concerns (OoDC) with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. This bill was so unexpected that the director of OoDC was in Claremore visiting law enforcement officers when the bill was presented. He would later find out about the bill from a member of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth when he received a phone call later that day. Director Doug MacMillan has…
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How SB 871 Could Hurt the Disabled Community in Oklahoma

According to a report in The Oklahoman, Senate Bill 871 (SB 871), a proposed law change, could hurt the disabled community in Oklahoma. SB 871 calls for the Office of Disability Concerns to be consolidated with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. The director of the Office of Disability Concerns told The Oklahoman that consolidating his office would severely limit their ability to help members of the disabled community in Oklahoma. The Office of Disability Concerns does not have a large staff. Counting the director, the staff totals five people. Disability Concerns assists around 2,500 disabled people a year with issues, such as finding disability resources, businesses or employers failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability-related problems at work and finding employment. If SB 871 is passed and Disability Concerns is merged with the Commission on Children and Youth, the director of Disability of Concerns believes…
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Things You Didn’t Know About Inspirational Disability Videos

Have you seen the ABC show Speechless? It’s a comedy about the day-to-day life of a teenage boy—JJ—who has cerebral palsy. He and his family deal with everyday normal situations just like any other family, but they often encounter and deal with misconceptions based on JJ’s disability. That leads to the show featuring issues that many people don’t know about, and the latest topic to get that spotlight was inspiration porn. How Can Inspirational Disability Videos Be Insulting? The term inspiration porn doesn’t refer to some sort of explicit video on the internet. It refers to using people with disabilities as inspirational material. Many people think this is endearing, but it often insults the individuals being used or insults people like them. Internet videos are often where we see this happen a lot. They portray people with disabilities as saints to learn life lessons from when most of them are…
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Why Does Wal-Mart Have to Pay A $90,000 Disability Settlement?

He had worked for Wal-Mart for 18 years, but when his job performance started to waiver, the store terminated a man with disabilities. However, there were a few details in this case that set off red flags at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). And those concerns took Wal-Mart to federal court. Wal-Mart has to Pay a $90,000 Disability Settlement The man who was fired was diagnosed with an intellectual disability back when he was a child. When he began working at Wal-Mart, he was given a checklist of daily tasks as an accommodation for his disability. But not long before his dismissal, the store stopped giving this man the list of daily tasks he needed. His job performance soon suffered. Wal-Mart used this employee’s struggle as an excuse to fire him. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. This…
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