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steps to a community

Faith is belief in things we can not see. Indeed. It is also I think a belief in things we have seen, remotely in other places or historically in my own life but can’t find currently. This includes closer inspection of overseas models of disability. I wonder if people living with a disability here in Australia and perhaps elsewhere have had a mixed blessing in our “early adoption” of the social model of disability stuff. I wonder if, by watching our friends and colleagues in other countries and “getting” their learnings relatively easily, we have in fact had something of a double edged sword handed to us I am only […]

As the dust settles

Yesterday NSW had an election. It was a landslide. that many others will no doubt talk of for many days to come. Picking up on a post from Mary over at HAT, yes I think she might be right. From what I saw in the literature, there was a higher number of “baseline” accessible venues. But I never left the house to vote. I iVoted. At home. On my own laptop. More privately than I did more than once at a polling place. Designed for people with vision impairment who use screen readers and various other disabilities – they broadened it out to allow travelling folks to feel included too. […]

A rolling Moss

I’ve been listening to podcasts of Late Night Live. Philip Adams and I would probably not agree on much, but I do find him fascinating as a thinker and as an exposure to other good thinkers. The other day, I was listening to him talking to Bill Moss, who has a rare dystrophy, who runs his own financial consulting business in order to fund research into his condition. I found the interview fascinating, in that his approach as I think being similar to mine, just get on with it. We have a few interesting connections but I don’t know him at all. There was quite a bit in the interview […]

And in the blue corner

I’m honoured to have my first guest post, from PB who is a fellow traveller viewing the world from waist high. This post on the changing nature of disability politics and the language that travels with it. He is much braver than I in what he says.. Enjoy! J Excuse me but what is the ‘disability fight’? Twice this week from widely disparate sources I have heard this term and am puzzled as to its inspiration and meaning. Who is it against and when will we know who has won? What is at stake and what are we fighting over? Is it a fight towards acceptance, recognition, equity and justice? […]

the cost of a vote

I perhaps should have warned folks not to get me started on election equity issues, but a good mate of mine added this to a comment on this post Still distrubing to see so many polling booths inaccessable, though at least in the Marrickville LGA it’s better that it was at he last local government election. Yes well — it might indeed be *better* but really that’s not saying much now is it? I know people from the last Federal election who had to get excused from their democratic right and responsibility to vote (it’s compulsory here in Australia) because they had assumed there would be at least one they […]

identity matters

This is a good post about identification as a person with a disability, for a women with a mental health issue. It brings up some interesting thoughts for me about “what actually is disability?” That’s medical vs social model stuff, but its not just that. Its about the labels we as people with impairments use to define and describe ourselves. What boxes we put ourselves in and how easily or not we communicate with those in the other boxes of disability. I find myself now straddling two of those boxes more often these days. So now the whole question is “to tell or not to tell” is a live question […]