The blind leading the blind

2009-02-26 by

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As an advisor in accessible environments, I often get remarks from bewildered building managers who are surprised that anyone would spend money to improve the accessibility of a building. “Surely disabled people should not be allowed to enter certain areas…to be on the safe side?” they ask.

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We don’t need another hero...or do we?

2009-02-06 by

Highlighting disabled people’s ability may be inspiring for some, but on its own it doesn’t really raise awareness of disabled people’s human rights. Sometimes it makes the rest of us feel that we don’t count unless we’re really, really ‘special’.

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Can I offer help to a disabled person without being patronizing?

2009-01-20 by

Often the thing that leads to embarrassment and awkwardness in communication between disabled and non-disabled people is fear of doing the wrong thing.

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An incredible open letter to a disabled man considering suicide.

2008-11-17 by

Liz Carr has written an open letter to Noel Martin, who in 1996 was attacked by Neo-Nazis and as a result was left paralysed from the neck down. He is planning a trip to Switzerland to commit legal suicide and Liz Carr has written to him to ask him to reconsider.

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Disability equality training - a low priority?

2008-11-11 by

Recently someone asked me how to address a question that came from one of their employees: ‘Why are we learning about disability? Surely we should address other diversity issues, such as racial and cultural discrimination first?’
This led me to ask myself why disability equality training is often seen as a ‘low priority’ topic.

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Saatchi's Gallery: disablism and ageism in the arts?

2008-10-21 by

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu - Old Persons' Home 2007 - photo by Wolfiewolf

Our western culture tends to promote a medicalised view whereby disabled people are considered to be damaged, sick or even freaks of nature. Disability is feared as something that is as abnormal and not a part of who we really are as human beings.

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Healthcare in the U.S.

2008-10-02 by

How do disabled people fare in the United States healthcare system? Sandy Lahmann describes how disabled people are heavily penalised even if they do have private insurance.

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No Limits 2008

2008-09-28 by

Events like No Limits are needed: they’re not an easy feat and often meeting the access needs of disabled participants and attendees can be hugely challenging – simply for the sheer size of the provision required.

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