Listening to people who have disability accents

realsocialskills:

People with certain disabilities often have heavy disability accents. Their speech can sound very different from the way most nondisabled people speak.

People with disabilities that affect communication are often pushed into separate programs, particularly in adulthood. Even when they are in the…

Many of these disability accents are very specific and caused by anatomical differences. For example, severe cleft palates can leave a speaker unable to differentiate fricatives when speaking (even when the cleft was corrected surgically) — thus, “s”, “sh”, and “h” (when emphasized) sound more or less the same. In English, this can cause difficulty for majority speakers to understand them at times.

However, this is not any more difficult to understand than a Japanese speaker who can’t easily pronounce the differences between “l” and “r” or “f” and “V”. While I am sure (non-european) foreign speakers receive some similar treatment, the bottom line here is that it’s only the disability, not any objective difficulty in understanding, that is causing this behavior. 

(via riotingfeminist)

"It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”"

Remembering India’s Forgotten Holocaust. 

Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”

(via mehreenkasana)

I first heard of British crimes like this in Mike Davis’ Late Victorian Holocausts which talks about how imperialism affected the Indian subcontinent’s food supply. The system which could feed everyone, even during hard times, was “centralized” to be “more efficient” by the British administration, leading to skyrocketing poverty and famine and a destroyed local ecology. 

(via jhameia)

(via riotingfeminist)

sole-plane:


coffyqueen:

kemetically-afrolatino:

People in U.S. Killed by Cops Now Outnumber U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq War 

The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of  people murdered by police has reached 5,000.
The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.

Watch this short film on police brutality

Just why.

these supposed to be the ones protecting us

sole-plane:

coffyqueen:

kemetically-afrolatino:

People in U.S. Killed by Cops Now Outnumber U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq War

The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of  people murdered by police has reached 5,000.

The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.

Watch this short film on police brutality

Just why.

these supposed to be the ones protecting us

(Source: fewfar.wordpress.com, via riotingfeminist)

"2014 is not a good year to be a teenage girl. The last of the 90’s kids are growing up and we are starting to see the effects of being raised with the Internet. For generations before us, hormonal teenage boys looking for sexy images of women had limited options; they could brave the embarrassment of going to the counter and buying Playboy, they could look through their sister’s Cosmo or they could use their imagination. Porn today has rid itself of the embarrassment-factor by embracing the anonymity of the World Wide Web; Playboy isn’t really considered to be porn anymore, the real stuff lives in your phone, on your laptop, your tablet; it is available anywhere, anytime at the touch of a button. In fact this very website receives a steady stream of hits that result from someone googling some combination of ‘housekeeping porn’ + ‘sex’, ‘lesbian’ and/or ‘rape’. As you read this, somewhere there is an eleven-year-old boy curiously typing ‘porn’ into Google, probably hoping to see some big boobies. Fast forward a couple of years and he is masturbating to a video of a crying woman who is being tied down, simultaneously penetrated by three men, spanked, and being called a whore. Young boys are being de-sensitized to violence and the more they consume, the more abusive, the more graphic the porn has to be to excite them."

Anonymous said: So what are people supposed to do when they submit a paper on a complicated topic like mathematical modeling of the dispersion of a certain drug in the human body or something similar? Explain it in simple terms so that people without advanced degrees or experience in the field will understand?

shitrichcollegekidssay:

Yes.

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You can even keep the jargon and technical language, just have a summary or public review. Science and scholarship shouldn’t require a degree to simply follow along with, even if one is needed to advance the field.

Anonymous said: You realize that TERF is just a boogey man created use to dismiss radical feminist theory? How about instead of saying you disagree with "TERFS" you explain why you don't agree with radical feminism?

riotingfeminist:

cutebmo:

whitepeoplestealingculture:

Because of the first 2 letters TRANS EXLUSIONARY-Donya

TERF is an acronym for TRANS EXCLUTIONARY RADICAL FEMINIST it’s not a “boogey man”, there are TERFs that identify as TERFs and they are a very real hate group lol

the only radfems I’ve met that identify as terfs are doing so tongue in cheek because terf is a ridiculous label and a scare tactic. it’s amazing how little research people do, like if you’re going to spend all this energy attacking a group of women maybe spend a little bit of time finding out what they actually think and believe?