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
As usual, I am using a controversial title to entice people to read my article as any journalist or blogger would do, but at this important time in my life, this is an important article to write and for many people, a hard one to read. This article also reflects my intellectual honesty after I … Continue reading Being a defective
As the years have gone by I have grown to detest the term carer and the implications it has on the relationship between people with impairments and their families and others. As soon as you say the term carer, the other person in the relationship, the 'cared for', is regarded as someone or something that … Continue reading Calling family members carers is promoting hate and eugenics
When we think about modern slavery in the UK we imagine a small army of Polish workers being exploited on a farm, living in squalid conditions packed 20 to a room and working for next to nothing without any rights or recourse. I would like to suggest that there is another side to modern slavery … Continue reading I refuse to be a modern slave because I am ‘disabled’
It is clear that in the UK we live in a post-industrial society and one where we are now witnessing the collapse of the retailing sector as we decide to shop online more. The only sectors we have that are rising is health, social care and the support provided by so-called charities. But in order … Continue reading Passivity is Big Business, just ask an alcoholic!
The way to boil a frog is a historical tale and a useful metaphor to explain many forms of change that may be positive or negative. This can be at a personal, organisational or societal level. To boil a frog it is firstly important to know how not to boil a frog, and that is … Continue reading How do you boil a frog?