• 2014,  advocacy,  awareness,  complaints,  creative,  disablism,  musicals,  theatre,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny Part Three

    It’s not really appropriate to call this post Hate Isn’t Funny part three because I don’t think it was really about hate just about clueless people not thinking things through properly.  But the two posts I wrote on the same subject in February were about hate and I called them Hate isn’t Funny so it feels right to use that title for this and continue the series even if it probably isn’t the best title for this particular anecdote. /end nonsensical ramble about blog titles. Back in February I went to see Omid Djalili and his show was quite ableist and frankly in a couple of places full of hate. …

  • 2014,  acceptance,  access,  advocacy,  argh,  Uncategorized

    Fed Up

    I’m a bit fed up of not getting actual answers to my questions but just a stream of talking that dances around the question of not being treated with respect of having to point out what should be really obvious of having people blame things on my disability which in reality have nothing to do with my disability. Only thinking or saying “well she is disabled” makes it easier for them than having to accept and admit  that they fucked up. of the fear that this time when they’re predicting snow will be the time when it actually comes. of the words “but it’s your rent money that pays for…

  • 2014,  advocacy,  blogging,  comedy,  language,  the r word,  theatre,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny, part two

    To recap: On Wednesday I went to see Omid Djalili do a warm up gig.  I really wish I hadn’t because not only did he used the R word in one of his jokes he also did another which was the most horrendously ableist joke I’ve ever heard.  On Friday I posted a blog about that – Hate Isn’t Funny. This is the last I’m going to say on the matter. That blog post got a lot of attention on twitter and facebook (and in comments here).  It’s also had the most hits of any of my posts on this blog in a very long time (I’ve not seen the…

  • 2013,  advocacy,  awareness,  CP related,  Uncategorized

    Just for Today

    Dearest blog readers I need to tell you something very important. You see, there’s this thing called Cerebral Palsy (some people call it CP for short). It’s a disability. I have it. So do thousands of other people all over the world, probably even millions. I don’t suffer from it. I have it. That’s important. It’s not a terrible thing. There isn’t a cure and it’s life long but it is what it is. And what it is is difficult at times but generally ok. And what I need to tell you, my dear blog readers, is that I need you to be aware of the fact that CP exists…

  • 2013,  advocacy,  attitudes,  awareness,  campaigns,  current affairs,  disability,  disablism,  good/bad,  Uncategorized

    Tell A Feminist Thank You and Disability Mentors

    Since this afternoon I keep seeing tweets pop up with #tellafeministthankyou (hashtag “tell a feminist thank you” for those who find those hard to read). I got to thinking.  It would be good to have a similar thing for people who campaign on disability issues.  But what would you call it? Feminism is generally considered to be a good thing and to have made amazing strides forward in rights for women both in this country and others.  The suffragette movement and the fact women in the UK can vote being just one example.  It’s the one that comes to mind because I just read The Children’s Book by AS Byatt…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  Attempts at World Domination,  current affairs,  disability,  Uncategorized

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Today is the UNs annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  That’s a very medical model term (although I suspect it was changed because it’s “people first language”) and I’m much more of a social model girl so I shall henceforth refer to it as a day of Disabled People. The UN statistics state that 1 billion people worldwide have a disability or approximately 15% of the population.  I don’t know how they’ve classified disability but I have to say whilst the 1 billion figure feels right to me based on previous figures I’ve heard, I was a little surprised it was so low as 15%. I realise this makes…

  • acceptance,  advocacy,  attitudes,  awareness,  courage,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  honesty,  I want to change the world,  perceptions,  perspective,  tv,  Uncategorized

    Inspiration Porn

    Tonight is the yearly Children in Need appeal here in the UK. BBC One is taken over by a telethon for about seven hours. The idea is to raise money to help disadvantaged children. So you see video clips of children from other countries walking miles for water, young carers helping their mum or dad and disabled children doing things too. And it’s a given that those children will either look sad or have their story told using emotive language such as “suffers from…” Or “whilst other children are playing little Johnny must…” Interspersed with those clips are famous people doing silly stuff, frequent updates on how much has been…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  awareness,  CP related,  current affairs,  language,  Uncategorized

    Speaking Out

    A few days ago it came out that the little girl who went missing in Machynlleth in Wales last week, April Jones has cerebral palsy.  It kinda made me stop and pause a moment hearing that she’s got CP just like me more than anything else I’d heard about the case. The news coverage all seemed to use the term suffer “Missing Girl April Suffers from CP” screamed the headlines. I posted to a facebook group for CPers that I belong too that I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed that she’d gone missing Monday night and it had taken until Wednesday night before mention of her disability was made in…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  Attempts at World Domination,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  disablism,  discrimination,  influences,  normal,  perspective,  Uncategorized

    Happy Tears

    I was asked to speak at an equality event today. About the access group (AFA) I’m chair of and a bit about my own story as a disabled person. I think it well. I didn’t write a speech, I had a few ideas but wanted to just talk off the cuff. It helped that this is I think the third time I’ve explained to people what and why AFA is (although previously I’ve only done so in informal settings). The very first idea I’d thought of when thinking it over I forgot to use. I talked about how I don’t suffer from CP because it’s all I’ve ever known. How…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  honesty,  quotes,  Uncategorized


    Quitting is not giving up, it can be choosing to focus your attention on something more important. Quitting is not losing confidence, it’s realizing that there are more valuable ways you can spend your time. Quitting is not making excuses; it’s learning to be more productive, efficient and effective instead. Quitting is letting go of things (or people) that are sucking the life out of you so you can do more things that will bring you strength.” ~ Osayi Osar-Emokpae. ♥ Emma