Saturday, 18 October 2008

Have a look and see how the world treats crips differently

Check out these three videos on YouTube. You must watch them in the order I have given to get the story fully.    then    then

As a crip these videos called "Talk" above which are one cut into three make me laugh and cheer!!

And another called "Are we taking the dis" about how it is to live in a discriminating world if you have a learning/intellectual disability

Similar things happen to physical crips too. A few examples: I often get asked when I go into a lift and am facing the back (as there is not enough room to turn around) "Does that have reverse?" Der. A friend reckons I should say "Hell No - I am a forward moving woman!" Or ppl comment in a patronising tone "gee you can manouvre that well". Why wouldn't I be able to as it is my full time form of mobility? I usually say "yes as well as you manouvre yourself". A friend who uses a manual (push yourself) wheelchair tells me that ppl say to her "you need one of those electric wheelchairs". She came up with a good answer which is to tell the plodding walkers that they need bloody rollerskates.

Crikey we deal with a lot usually without ripping someones head off. The patience and restraint we have is amazing.

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