• awareness,  campaigns,  language,  the r word,  Uncategorized

    >Why is the R word so offensive?

    >A few days ago an anonymous comment was left on one of my entries asking why the R word is more offensive to me than idiot or moron. For some reason that seemed to be a bit of a difficult question for me to answer; I’m not sure why.  I think for me it’s an obvious thing (not that I mean to suggest the person who asked the question is wrong, I should probably make my points clearer when I write).  I’ve been wanting to respond but not sure how to. I think that both the I word and the M word aren’t used as deliberate insults designed to target…

  • disability,  language,  perceptions,  Uncategorized

    >”adverse medical conditions”

    >Outside the supermarket earlier there was a guy collecting money for a charity providing days out for kids. I forget the name which I’m annoyed about because I had intended to e-mail them about their ableist language on the board they had up. The conditions of the children they help include, in this order: Cancer, Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, The deaf and blind, terminal illnesses and other adverse medical conditions. This is their wording, not mine. So first I was a bit like “cancer, leukaemia, CP??!” I don’t know why but it just struck me as a strange list. Two serious life threatening illnesses, a touch of CP, two other disabilities…