The Fizz from the Dems

As the dogfight continues for the Democratic nomination next year, all the candidates now have cobbled together their stands on disability issues. Check them out at the National Organization on Disability and the American Association of People with Disabilities. And, of course, you can check George Bush’s New Freedom Initiative, too. As the race for the White House heats up in the next several months, one thing is clear: disability rights will only be as visible as people with disabilities make them. It’s up to us.…

I Hate Tiny Tim

By William G. Stothers

I hate Tiny Tim.

TT is on the ropes in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Sickly and dependent, TT is getting shakier and shakier on that homemade little crutch. But he is saved from death by old Ebeneezer Scrooge, who sees the light in the nick of time.

Now, before you go apoplectic at my assault on wee Tim, think about how he helps shape some of society’s most cherished attitudes — charity, pity (for poor little TT), for example. Tiny Tim, plucky, sweet and inspirational, tugs at the public heart.

TT has become Disabled Everyone in …