There are two things disabled activists tell me when I tell them that all people with impairments can contribute to society in one way or another, ideally in terms of paid work. The first thing they say is 'disabled people want to work but ...'. My response to this is that if people really want … Continue reading Disabled People have a responsibility to work
In terms of this article, the term 'Carer' is defined as members of families who have been define as carers by themselves or others because they are regarded to provide assistance to other family members who have impairments in a manner that is considered as above and beyond what society expects of them which society … Continue reading People need families NOT carers!
The wheelchair has been the symbol for disability issues since the 1960s. This is because spinal injuries were dominated in the wounded of World War 2 and the Vietnam wars, making wheelchair users, especially paraplegics, a political issue and drive for change. Clearly, over the years the meanings of impairment and disability have grown to … Continue reading Wheelchairs and Personhood
Before I begin to start this article I should explain this is simply my own ramblings on the subject rather than any well researched academic piece. However, as I was searching for a suitable feature image I quickly read that under Christian belief that Pride was one of the 7 deadly sins, and that is … Continue reading The psychology of Pride
In the last 45 years, I have seen the accessibility of public transport for wheelchair users and people with other impairments improve in leaps and bounds on many fronts. It is obviously not perfect and there is still a lot of work still to be done in some areas, but it can not be denied … Continue reading Wheelchair users, please stop disrespecting public transport
I believe a role model is someone from their actions who inspires others directly or indirectly to be themselves in living their own stories and reaching their full potential. While everyone can be a role model by deliberately aiming to help others, the best role models are those who are naturally inspiring yet mostly humble … Continue reading Being a role model
A lot of 'disabled' activists assume all people with impairments are united in their often left wing aims and objectives and have similar experiences of impairmentism, based on their own experiences. They become defensive when you try to explain that due to the broad nature of impairment and the broad range of society it affects, … Continue reading Acceptables, Defectives and the Worksky
Ugly Duckling Syndrome is a concept I created many years ago, in my early 20s, as my attempt to explain my experiences of people as the only child with significance impairments at an all-boys mainstream school in 1985 from age 11 to 16. I believe the metaphor is self-explanatory. The ducklings are other children without … Continue reading Ugly Duckling Syndrome
Over the last 12 months, I have needed to go to the local hospital for a number of times for a range of reasons. Many of these times, I had needed to go to the hospital by emergency ambulance and here is where the problem is. The problem is they refuse to take my wheelchair … Continue reading Why in 2019 will Emergency Ambulances not take wheelchairs?
It may be hard to believe I did not understand what being 'disabled' meant until I was 17, where disability at that time meant being a part of an oppressed minority. I know I had all these funny labels, like cerebral palsy, since birth but as a child I did not know what they meant. … Continue reading I have finally accepted I have cerebral palsy