Note: This is a followup to my previous piece on 'The Upside', for more context you can read that here... The debate within the disability community continues about The Upside, this is not surprising - cripping up seems always to be a subject that's especially volatile, but it's been kept going for longer by a couple of … Continue reading Why I’m Hacked Off With RJ Mitte
Without opportunity, any kind of portrayal is tokenism...
Last week, Jake Marr, a student in Arizona bought a cement truck as a Christmas gift for his disabled classmate. He had it filmed. Entirely predictably, the internet saw the inspiration porn and there was ableist wanking to an almost competitive level... When disabled people like Frances Ryan and Emily Ladau pointed out on social … Continue reading A Short Rant On Inspiration Porn
Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Crack open the champagne and make sure there are straws for those that need them... It says a lot that if I hadn't been on Twitter in the wee small hours of Sunday night and seen a number of prominent disability voices tweeting about this from Australia, … Continue reading #IDPD And Disability Pride
This blog started in the pages of a notebook that I'd scribble in after therapy sessions. When I first started addressing my disability in therapy and really looking at some dogmas and assumptions that, in spite of having lived by them for a long time, I was no longer comfortable with, I often came away … Continue reading Reflections: Telling My Story
Do not go into this expecting a happy ending with a bow on it. This script is open ended, you don't need to be frightened of that ambiguity...
It's a strange experience to notice growth in yourself. I don't like to think of myself as being on some kind of journey, to me that just reads as something sugar-sickly sweet, something that happens in movies with defined endings where the main character appears in voice-over at the end to make a call back … Continue reading Body Work