I have set up a new support forum for survivors of trauma and abuse and people with borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, PTSD and related conditions. In order to join, you don’t need to be both a trauma survivor and have BPD or something similar – it’s okay if you fall into just one of these categories. For now, members need to activated by me before being able to participate. This is to prevent trolls and spammers from using the forum, so don’t worry about not being allowed on the boards. Go to the forums and enjoy.
Archive for the ‘Computers and Internet’ Category
There’s a campaign on November 1 called “Communication Shutdown”. The idea is for people to shut down their Facebook and Twitter for a day as to get an idea of what it is like to have the communication difficulties autistics experience.
I am wary of disability simulations in general, but this one is particularly bad. Online communication is one of the venues by which autistics access contact with the world, so shutting that down would essentially be shutting down the mode of communication most accessible to autistics.
Furthermore, if you really want to get an idea of what it is like to have a communication shutdown, you should stop all communication for a day. Don’t answer when someone asks you a question, because you can’t speak due to overload. Of course since you are not really experiencing overload, you will still not experience what it is like to have an autistic shutdown, but you will come closer than if you just shut down your social networks for a day.
Many autistic bloggers have called onto autistics to speak up on November 1 and raise awareness of what it is really like to be autistic. I will join them, and hope enough NTs will have missed the call to shut down their Twitter or Facebook, so that they will actually hear what I have to say.
I am not a Canadian, but this astonishes me. The Canadian governmnet is fighting a court case in order to not have to make its websites accessible for screen reader users. Anna over at FWD?Forward has extensive coverage. I am as surprised as she is that the government is willing to pour taxpayer money into this case rather than putting that same money into making their websites accessible. Speak of cost-effectiveness, for once. Three million Canadians are blind or partially sighted, so this court battle is not just about the person who started it. Three million Canadians will benefit if the government stops its efforts to fight a court battle and pours the money saved into accessibility projects.
Anna is calling onto Canadians to E-mail their MPs. I am not a Canadian, so I cannot do that. However, I can echo her request to all contact your MPs and let them know what you think. Anna has a sample E-mail you can use.
Even though I am an avid blogger and not entirely against Web 2.0, I sometimes wish to go back to the good, old days of LiveJournal, DiaryLand and further mostly Web 1.0. Today, I find myself searching Google for a relatively sciencey subject about which I hope to find lay-friendly information. Lay-friendly it gets, but the information to entertainment ratio is lower than low: the first results I get are old E-mail list and forum messages.
Now I expect this would’ve been the case in 2005, too, since these forums and E-mail lists existed back then, but then we still had good, old Google Directory. It still exists, I must admit, but it looks like, apart frm the social networking section, it’s not been updated since 2002. Expecting to find information on at least one of the combination of medical terms I’d entered in the Google search box, I browsed the directory. I was greeted with “Sorry, [page title] is no longer online” on the only page I found in Google Directory on my topic of interest that didn’t look like it was a forum.
But forums are great, of course – when you ar enot looking for information. Except if you can’t even find them. If you check the Google Directory > Society > Disabled > Chats and Forums, for example, most places you will be pointed to are long-defunct Yahoo! groups and message boards I frequented in 2002. Sigh. Where are Google’s Web 1.0 editors?
I hereby declare myself an official Internet addict. I’m glad it will not be a clinical diagnosis in DSM-V, or I would have an additional label three years from now. Barely a week into the Internet outage, I arranged for a mobile connection. Thanks to Open University, I qualify for the student computer and Internet appliances vendor, so I got a great deal: unlimited access at 3.5Mbit speed for E20/month. My boyfriend and my sister double-checked the fine print, and there doesn’t seem to be any, apart from the fact that the speed is probably an illusion, and, of course, the fact that, if I develop cancer or Alzheimer’s a year from now, I cannot sue the mobile company.
One of the ward computers had a virus. As a result, the Internet service provider blocked our connection. Unfortunately, someone deleted the antivirus log files, so we cannot comply with the ISP’s requirements for restoration. All my ward staff are whining about how the ISP is “punishing” them for a virus that they got destroyed, but I can see where the ISP is coming from. You know, we had Trojans, which are pretty nasty viruses. Heck, we could’ve been reported to authorities, or the entire institution network could’ve been shut down rather than just my ward’s patient computers.
Even so, I am highly frustrated at the lack of Internet access, because many of my activities take place online. Fortunately, I mailed a new wish list for audio books to the library just before the access was disconnected, so I still have stuff to read, for now. I am even more frustrated by the unknown time interval for the outage: weeks, months? Will we ever get our connection back at all? In any case, this is to notify you that I’m not blogging unless or until I get some kind of Internet connection back – I’m considering a mobile connection. I’m now on my home connection, but I will not be coming here for computer use anymore, I think.