• 2016,  attitudes,  complaints,  courage,  CP related,  customer service,  disability,  Uncategorized

    So Take Me As I Am

    (title is a lyric from the Meredith Brooks song Bitch) A couple of weeks ago I was asked how I’d enjoyed a show I went to by a member of staff there who I know. I had enjoyed it but there had been one thing that had happened – which was tangentally access related – that had really irritated me.  It was totally inconsequential and unlikely to be repeated but it had had an impact on my enjoyment and they asked so… I said “If I could just make one slightly bitchy point….” More recently than that I discovered that the actions of someone else have left me with a…

  • 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,  attitudes,  comedy,  complaints,  Uncategorized

    Hate isn’t Funny

    On Saturday Mum and I went to a Jack Whitehall gig in Oxford.  He definitely wasn’t the best comedian I’ve ever seen but most of the time he was pretty funny.  Once or twice he pretended to have forgotten his script and at least once he really did forget his script which was a bit frustrating. Unfortunately however he also made several jokes that I thought were right on the line of what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to disability.  I can take that.  I think I’m a lot more flexible than some people are on the sort of comments I find acceptable and I thought a couple…

  • 2013,  attitudes,  awareness,  complaints,  hospital,  jay2,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Making a Difference

    I was rereading some old blog entries earlier. I was planning to write something (not this post) and I thought maybe I’d written about it last year. I didn’t find anything but what I did come across was this post. I thought it was kind of apt given a piece of news I received today. After three and a half months I finally received my new wheelchair cushion. It’s strange. It’s good and it’s comfy. But it almost feels off. This is set up differently to my old one and I’m not sure if that’s why (I have the stuff to change the set up to my old one if…

  • access,  complaints,  disability,  disability voices,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    >When Persistence Pays Off

    >This is a bit of a follow on to my Advocacy Tips post and is cross posted to Disability Voices One of the tips I gave in that post was to be persistent.  The example I gave was one of my local supermarkets.  My chair would only go through the wide aisle checkout and it was often closed when I visited.  The staff would open it when I asked but they had a bad attitude towards doing so and made me uncomfortable.  As a result I didn’t go there often and had actually decided I wouldn’t shop there again. I had personally made something like six complaints to them, mostly…

  • complaints,  Uncategorized

    >I’ve been being a complaining crip again

    >I just typed a really long ranty I’ve had a bad day blog entry.  But then I deleted it because what is the point. Lets just say that I’ve made three complaints this year.  Two of which were about access or DDA requirements not being met.  One was a case of shocking customer service.  Two of the complaints I’ve taken to higher ups (one of which had the higher up telling me “you just need to be patient” to which I said that I’d been patient and wasn’t doing it any more.  The second had the higher up apologising, agreeing it wasn’t good enough and promising to investigate.) And two…

  • complaints,  customer service,  disability,  neurological issues,  Uncategorized

    >Cinema Fail

    >A friend and I attempted to go and see Disney’s A Christmas Carol this afternoon. I say attempted because it turned out to be the 3d version. She has unnamed neurological issues and didn’t even make it through the titles before she had to leave because it was doing a number on her vision. I forced myself to try to watch it but gave up eventually and left because I felt incredibly sick. I still feel kind of rough now and I know that my friend had to go to bed because she felt bad. I let the matter go when I left the cinema (although their customer service had…

  • care,  complaints,  CP related,  Uncategorized

    >No More

    >I’ve had enough. Whilst my parents are in New Zealand I’m having extra support.  And it’s driving me crazy.  Crazy I tell you. Almost all of my carers have been late – and only one of them bothered to let me know.  On Monday the carer was 45 minutes late!  She commented that I didn’t look happy.  I told her that I was pissed off and had better things to do than waiting around for her to show up and in future to make sure I was told.  She told me that she didn’t feel well and all about her stress and family problems. I’ve heard repeatedly how much they…