• 2014,  current affairs,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    One year later

    In February 2013 a woman called Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius.  She was his girlfriend and he admits he shot her, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.  There were a lot of problems with the way it was covered in the press and the way twitter and facebook reacted to the murder of a beautiful woman by a famous disabled man.  Misogyny, ableism and the works. At the time I wrote about it over on Bea Magazine in the post Disability and The Reeva Steenkamp murder.  I also wrote a little more about it on this blog in my post disability in the media. I never…

  • 2013,  access,  attitudes,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  medical model,  personal,  perspective,  social model,  Uncategorized

    Quick and Dirty #Disability Theory

    I posted on Facebook earlier this afternoon that I’d given someone a spur of the moment elevator pitch length explanation of the social and medical models of disability and they’d understood it without my needing to clarify any further. This was, and is, a win. Especially because I really believe they actually understood it and didn’t just say so to shut me up. Then one of my friends posted that she doesn’t speak disability. And apparently I have blog entries on here dating back to 2006 but have never defined the models. Despite having both a social and a medical model category on here. So here goes. This will be…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  access,  awareness,  blogging,  campaigns,  courage,  CP related,  current affairs,  difficulties,  disability,  disability normal,  disability rights,  freedom,  frustrations,  hopes and dreams,  I want to change the world,  identity,  Uncategorized

    In which I ramble and am grouchy when it comes to “awareness”

    (I was going to title this “why I’m not blogging about CP awareness day” and then I realised that by writing this I pretty much was blogging about CP awareness day just not in the way most people are and that would be a pointless title) So. Word on the street the internet is that 25th March is CP awareness day. i.e. that tomorrow is CP awareness day. Except,  to me, it’s not, really.  It’s national CP awareness day in the US.  I’m not in the US and I sometimes feel like the entirety of the fucking internet resolves around people from the US  and that those of us not…

  • 2013,  attitudes,  blogging,  campaigns,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  disability blogs,  disablism,  freedom,  guest blog,  interwebs,  language,  Paralympics,  political,  press,  ranting,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Disability in the media

    I’m paying a second visit over at Bea Magazine this month.  I wrote about the disability issues which were raised by the news that paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. You can read it here: Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder The coverage of disability in the media has always been problematic but I’m really hoping this might be the beginning of it changing. I suspect that it’s more likely that it will change the way violence against women is covered by the media than disability.  Still I hope. Last year I was asked to speak to the local paper about my…

  • 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…

  • 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,  books and reading,  current affairs,  disability,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

    One of the things I really like about doing book reviews is when I fall in love with a review book that there’s very little chance I’d have picked up for myself.  Simon and Schuster sent me a copy of Amped by Daniel H Wilson and that definitely falls into that category. Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. Enter a stunning world where technology and humanity clash in terrifying and surprising ways. Some people are implanted with upgrades that make them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts…

  • benefits,  campaigns,  current affairs,  disability,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized

    There for the most deserving

    This was a really good post in my opinion.  But wordpress ate it and it published blank with all the points I spent ages making gone off into the ether and not here on my blog where they should be. It was about my friend who after being very ill, spending time in intensive care with multi organ failure, having nearly six months off work and being diagnosed with a life long condition.  And about how she’s new to the world of disability, support, benefits and all that entailled.  But already learning about not being “disabled enough”.  Being told by people that she should be able to get help but…

  • awareness,  comedy,  current affairs,  I want to change the world,  nablopomo,  NaNo,  Uncategorized

    >Canvas Bags – Tim Minchin

    > Take your canvas bagsWhen you goTo the supermarketWhy use plastic bags when you knowYou know the world can’t take it Take your canvas bagsWhen you goTo the supermarket market marketDon’t you use those plastic onesNo, no, noDon’t you know that you’ll feel better for it Take your canvas bagsTake your canvas bagsTake your canvas bagsTo the supermarket Just think about the worldAnd how the world would be fantasticIf we got rid of all the plasticWe just need to get enthusiasticStart a competition gymnasticOr a bag making comp at your schoolFuck it, make it interscholasticCanvas is for everyoneWhether you be rebellious and iconoclasticOr conservative or ecclesiasticI don’t care if you’re…