This year, I got myself a voice


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2013 has been great year for me and I believe most years have pushed me forward in my life in one way or another. If this year was going to be defined in terms of having a theme, a goal that has been achieved, it would the fact that I had got myself a voice in terms of being a blogger for the Huffington Post, which was something that happened through a series of coincidences. If I had not had politely raised my concerns about the way Mik Scarlet has misrepresented what I had said in one of his articles, asking for a right to reply, I would not got the wonderful and important opportunity to ensure my opinion, so different to my peers in the work shy movement, would be heard.

 

Before this, I was frustrated at the many negative articles being lapped up in the Guardian and other anti-disabled pro-welfarism media by some of my peers, but now I can redress the balance and ensure a silent majority of disabled people are heard. I admit the reaction I received was a shocked but I quickly got used to being regarded by some, especially those in that work shy and anti-government communities, as the most hated disabled person in the UK!

 

With 30 articles so far and plenty more to come, having a voice will prepare me for the next step of changing the world for the better and ensuring real disabled people can be regarded as citizens able to make meaningful contributions to society, not objects of plenty, I just hope the theme for 2014 involves making an awful lot of money!

 

If you like what I say, have a look at my site at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74, or even leave me feedback on +44 (0)121 364 1974 or email simon@simonstevens.com  

 

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