Are people with Dyslexia disabled?

2010-10-22 by

The law is not there to label anybody but to protect those who need it. So, someone with dyslexia can be disabled too. Being disabled does not have to be a negative label. People can proudly say they are disabled: it’s not only about their impairment but about how they are prevented from participating fully in society by irresponsible discriminating policies, prejudices and barriers in the built environment.

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Cuts review - a disaster in waiting

2010-10-22 by

Whilst the government looks up to “Big Society” – expecting volunteers, social entrepreneurs and corporate responsibility to solve society’s problems for them, they are also effectively washing their hands off of their electoral mandate of preserving the interests of those who are most vulnerable.

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So, apparently it's OK to kill a disabled person if they're in pain?

2010-10-07 by

Please let’s not make assumptions about disabled people: however much pain we might experience personally that is no-one’s business, unless we choose to share it with whom we feel like. The fact is that in pain or not, we deserve to participate in life and society just like everyone else. Our pain, no matter how intense, is not ammunition for a eugenic take on life that justifies murder to spare pain.

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Euthanasia as a choice?

2010-01-19 by

While it’s understandable that like Charlotte, millions of disabled people with severe impairment do not want to be a ‘burden’ – it’s important that they are enabled to live with dignity through appropriate care: all of them still have a lot of living to do and much to contribute. Perhaps Charlotte would have not been so hasty in her quest for euthanasia if she felt confident her family would receive the best support necessary.

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Sarah's story?

2009-12-06 by

I am appalled at what I feel is a misguided attempt by a charitable organisation to raise funds to help those affected by Motor Neuron Disease Association.

With so many people believing they would be better off dead than disabled, horror-style “awareness” campaigns such as this one alienate disabled people even further from the rest of society.

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I am here to recruit you!

2009-06-18 by

In times where suicide of disabled people is deemend to be a reputable alternative and extreme-right politicians, adverse to diversity and inclusion, get elected to the European Parliament, it’s even more important to try our hardest to spread awareness of the right of disabled people to inclusion and the benefits that this brings.

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London Paralympics 2012: Bravery alone is not enough.

2009-05-28 by

I am having a difficult time locating the exact vision of what is to take place with an event of such magnitude. Does anyone else feel excluded from the planning and process that is supposedly taking place?

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Hear and Now

2009-03-26 by

A few nights ago I decided to stay up to watch “Hear and Now”, an award-winning documentary about an American Deaf couple who, after a lifetime of living with deafness decide to get a Cochlea Implant (CI) at the age of 65.
I wished I had seen this documentary 30 years ago, and perhaps many issues that affected me growing up with deafness might have been better understood and accepted.

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