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Prettier bingo card

February 15th, 2010 (04:59 pm)

Thanks so much to codeman38 for improving this, and for providing a .pdf! We've updated it with one more phrase to incorporate deafness. We can all have a riproaring time fighting about whether or not deafness is a disability in the comments!

EDITED TO ADD: This is Creative Commons. Distribute widely, use and adapt for yourself, etc.

And, if you want a .pdf to print:


Text in card above:
Are you writing an article that profiles or even tangentially involves a disabled person? Make it easy on yourself: string together these words and phrases with a few voyeuristic references to the person's body parts, and call it a day!

She didn't let her disability stop her!
Differently Abled/Handi-capable/Challenged/Some other twee or awkward phrase
Forced to use [mobility device]
Thought she would never get to [some activity most of us never get to do]
Courageous battle
He relies on [friends/a guide dog. No fair using electricity!]
Confined to a wheelchair
Then tragedy struck/her dreams were shattered/the unimaginable happened
. . . wants to help others [the 'bless him' is inferred]
Will never again see his childrens' faces/hear them say 'I love you' canoe the boundary waters/run a marathon
Can only communicate through [communication device]
Cheerful/ Never let it get her down/ Positive attitude
Free Space:
BRAVE & INSPIRATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Through the miraculous assistance of [something completely non-miraculous]
She refused to give up/give in/succumb
Defying overwhelming odds
She 'suffers from' [impairment]
If you saw her sitting down/lying still/riding the bus, you would never know that she has a disability...
[insert some pseudoscience]
Most of us could never imagine [horrific impairment] happening to us, but...
Every day she has to [take some medication/do some physical therapy]
He has overcome his disability!
. . . proving you can achieve anything if you really try!


Posted by: Dwelling in Probabilities - C. Lundoff's Journal (ex_catherin85)
Posted at: February 15th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)

I can only dream of someday being brave and inspirational. Mostly I just wander about on bad days complaining about it all hurting - clearly I need to raise the bar. Thanks for...inspiring me! :-)
But seriously, this is awesome.

Posted by: kellyhul (kellyhul)
Posted at: February 15th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)

I love this new, more complete card...now, articles nearly write themselves! Thanks so much!!! :-)

Posted by: Cody B. (codeman38)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
get it together

Incidentally, the "never hear them say 'I love you'" trope goes beyond deafness. I've also seen it so many times in articles about autism-- in this case, with the autistic child being the one who never says "I love you", and the neurotypical parent being the one who never hears it from the child.

Posted by: Kaninchen ZERO (kaninchenzero)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)

Yes it is on EVERY DAMN TV SHOW with an autistic child character (they all have neurotypical parents because autistic people don't ever have kids gracious no) and I hate it so very very very much. Learn how your child communicates already!

I do a lot of yelling at the TV. To keep peace in my marriage I try to restrict it to the commercial breaks. :p

Hi! It's odd (in a nice way) seeing you in a different context!

Posted by: Cody B. (codeman38)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
easily amused

Heh, I'm all over the place when it comes to disability advocacy-type stuff. :-D

Posted by: jalendavi_lady (jalendavi_lady)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Girlfriend of someone on the autistic sp

And yet if you look at the 'awareness' videos, which side shows the least actual affection?

(not intending on making a general statement about the parents of all autistic kids, just on AutSpe and others' choices about Poster Families)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)


(and I'm the parent of an autistic child.)

Posted by: Ayesha (browngirl)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)

And lo, for this is awesome. *adds to my bingo card/reminder of things not to do list*

Posted by: Mary Ann (macloudt)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
moron surround

I've added you to my list of heroes! Note that I avoided using the word "inspirational". Good, eh?

Mind if I friend you?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)

Heh, heh. Please keep in mind this was a group, open-source project so you'll need to add a LOT of heroes.

Friend away; the more the merrier!

Posted by: The Empress of Ice Cream (icecreamempress)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)

The more heroes, the better!

Posted by: Monica (cellio)
Posted at: February 16th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)


(Here via tigerbright.)

Someday I hope to be inspirational and determined and all that stuff, but it won't be because of the state of my body.

Posted by: J.J. (idhren24)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)

I'd love to pass this bingo card on to offline friends, some of whom are teachers. Is there a Creative Commons license of some kind with which you and your collaborators would like it to be associated?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)

Nope; just spread it far and wide, and encourage folks to make their own. It was more of an open source project without the actual code being open; I just collected stuff from all over.

Posted by: linkspam_mod (linkspam_mod)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

Your post has been added to a linkspam round-up.

Posted by: badgerbag (badgerbag)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)

so good! can i put it in with my giant flickr set of bingo cards!???

I'm gonna print this out and put it up at work!

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)

Please do, beautiful. And when we put together the next one, can you help me with the working for some sort of disclaimer that says: "Use this as you will; change it, adapt it, print it, don't worry about asking?"

I suppose that's a Creative Commons license of some sort, but it's really just pulled from a bunch of comments on my LJ and dot_gimp_snark, so I hate to have any name attached to it.

Posted by: Mary Dell (marydell)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)

CC licenses all have attribution, I think, but you can specify the attribution so it could be attributed to a group or concept or somesuch. "Bingo players for a better tomorrow," for example. I think you can also specify "public domain" for the image but Flickr doesn't have a handy radio button for that.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks; I did a terrible job of keeping track of who said what last time, and this time there are so many of us it's nearly one person per square, which would be LONG (and I'm re-writing some to try to make them as clever as possible; this one is more depressing. People say some ugly shit.)

I think I'll name us as a group. Much appreciated!

Posted by: Friend of the Ood. (bork)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)

I love it. LOVE IT.

Posted by: Sasha_feather (sasha_feather)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)

This post has been included in a link round up at Access_fandom! Thanks!

Posted by: Trouble (troubleinchina)
Posted at: February 20th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)

May I use this in an article that blasts the Globe & Mail for doing an INSPIRATIONAL CRIP! story in today's paper?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 20th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)

OF course; that's what it's for. I need to mark that it's Creative Commons or something.

Posted by: Lioness (elisem)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)


Thank you for working on this, and thanks to everybody else who worked on it.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)

You're welcome! It was fun -- the "stupid shit people say to disabled people" one isn't as much fun. I am, frankly, somewhat horrified by what my compatriots have had to deal with.

Posted by: the Jack (buggery)
Posted at: March 30th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)

This is awesome. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making it -- excluding the numbnuts who inspired it.

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