• 2017,  access,  BADD

    Not five minutes but five weeks

    Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day. For the last five weeks I’ve been dealing with a somewhat ridiculous access situation.  What I actually need should be incredibly straight-forward. I need to be weighed.  I am not allowed to go sailing until I can confirm my weight to the powers that be. That’s because they’re checking equipment safety. I have no problem with that.  You can buy scales in Argos for less than £30. But as a wheelchair user it’s not accessible to me. The accessible scales you can get cost over £1000. You can go to the GP to get weighed. I can’t. There isn’t considered to be a need…

  • 2016,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    It’s Not Disablism (But Really It Is)

    Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD). I’ve taken part since the beginning which I think was 2005. And I’ve written all sorts of things about different aspects of being disabled, different experiences I’ve had. Even a poem. I don’t have anything major to say today.  I don’t feel like I’ve experienced any real disablism for the last few weeks. If you asked my friend Angela she’d tell you different. She’d say I should write about a couple of weeks ago and people I know relatively well assuming I would do something and completely ignoring that several months before I’d said maybe and what I’d said to them about reasonable…

  • 2015,  BADD,  musicals,  Uncategorized

    Third Time Lucky?

    There are many things I could write about for BADD this year.  Incidents from this week included as well as things from a while ago and just general observations. I could tell you about being screamed at in the middle of mcdonalds for taking too long in the disabled toilet. I could tell you about the person who called my parents when she couldn’t get me on the phone (I was at CAB and apparently the call was too urgent to wait) Those are my two things from this week.  But mostly I’m thinking about tomorrow. I am – hopefully – going to see Dirty Dancing with my friend Rachel…

  • 2015,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    Signal Boost: Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015

    I suspect most people who read this will already be aware that 1st May is Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD) as it has been every year since 2006.  But I wanted to post a reminder here just in case. That’s this coming Friday BADD is an opportunity for both disabled and non disabled people to blog and share about disability discrimination (otherwise known as ableism or disablism) – what they think, what they’ve experienced and even any successes (which for once it’s looking like I might be able to share at some point soon although probably not in time for BADD).  BADD has proved a very popular event over the…

  • 2014,  BADD,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Not such an equal “ism” #BADD2014

    There is a project called Everyday Sexism.  It was started by a journalist on twitter.  It describes itself as Documenting experiences of sexism,harassment and assault to show how bad the problem is & create solidarity. I know of it through twitter (there account is @everydaysexism and the hashtag is #EverydaySexism) but they also have a website.  It’s had quite a lot of attention online and in the media and a lot of people are participating in it. The tweets on the hashtag are an interesting mix between the harrowing, the role your eyes and nod your head in frustrated recognition and a nice smattering of friendly support and community in…

  • 2014,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    BADD 2014 will be Thursday 1st May 2014

    It’s nearly 1st May!  And if you’ve been around my blog (or many other disability blogs) in the years dating back to 2006 you might know that in the disability blogging world 1st May is also known as Blogging Against Disablism Day or BADD. BADD is run by The Goldfish – you can see this year’s launch post here. She describes it as   This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination (known as disablism or ableism). In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we’ve made.…

  • 2013,  BADD,  disability,  disablism,  discrimination,  Uncategorized

    Bored

    I’m bored. I’m bored of being seen only as the one in the wheelchair. I’m bored of my disability being all people remember about me I’m bored of being defined by my CP. I’m bored of complete strangers demanding to know how long I’ve been in a wheelchair Of them asking “what happened?” And then when that doesn’t get the answer they want demanding to know “what’s wrong with you? I’m bored of fighting. Of having my concerns ignored Of asking for something and having it decided for me that something else will do. I’m bored of saying that I need something and explaining why. Then having that explanation ignored…

  • 2012,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    I don’t wanna fight no more

    I wanted to write a detailed and punchy post for this years Blogging Against Disablism Day, I really did. Or I was going to blog about some really funny inadvertently disablist comments a friend made. I killed myself laughing. when it came down to it this morning I just couldn’t get motivated to do so. BADD is great for raising awareness but I no longer believe it can do great things as I once did. This evening I feel even less motivated. In part that’s because I had one of those evenings where it all go wrong. If I’m honest it was pretty spectacular and at times amusing (only my…

  • access,  BADD,  disability,  disability normal,  disablism,  Uncategorized

    >The Fight Never Ends – #BADD2011

    >Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD).  BADD started in 2006 I believe making this the 6th BADD.  When it was first set up I was a campaigner and an advocate but not as much as I am now.  I was really excited by the prospect of this day when we could all come together and work towards a common goal – the fight against disablism. 6 years later? Not so much. Days like BADD and other events like One Month Before Heartbreak are wonderful at raising awareness.  And they take a lot of work to organise so I have big respect for The Goldfish from that point of view…

  • attitudes,  awareness,  BADD,  disability,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    >You’ve come a long way, baby

    >Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day.  I’m not really sure what to write about today and I’ve been thinking about it a lot, on and off, all day. The other night I was at an event and I got talking to an older lady.  It’s to do with a project we’re both working on and we’d said we were both interested in doing a certain part of it.  There were people from all over this area there but it turns out she lives in the same town as me.  In fact I don’t think she’s too far from me although she’s not right on my doorstep and I’m not 100%…