Last week I told you a WTF story that was a little disgusting, but also so absurd that it is almost funny; there is dark humour to be found in a wheelchair user being asked to walk through the metal detector at the airport. Well, my next story has no humour hidden between the lines.
I routinely joke with my friends, “I’m female, disabled and of Lebanese heritage; it’s like a reverse triple threat. There’s almost nothing I haven’t heard. I’m an open target.” I have indeed been on the receiving end of some truly perplexing sentiments and statements from strangers and I’ve been in countless odd and ridiculous situations.
Two weeks ago, a picture popped up online and quickly went viral. It was an image showing a young university student holding the hand of a man with cerebral palsy on a city bus. The university student was being hailed as a hero for his amazing act of kindness.
On October 19th, Canadians will be casting their votes in the federal election; we may have a new Prime Minister by week’s end. I am not qualified to dissect each Party’s platform with an in-depth analysis – I studied politics in twelfth grade and then I studied political philosophy
October 7th was World Cerebral Palsy Day!
I’ve been living with cerebral palsy for my whole life. While I'm all for the spreading of awareness and dedicated advocacy, I find the concept of World Cerebral Palsy Day to be misguided.
Having a disability and being in a wheelchair presents a unique set of daily challenges that are hard enough on their own. Sometimes, able-bodied people add to the frustration. Here’s a short list of things that the able-bodied world does – mostly unintentionally – that makes having a disability harder than it needs to be.
As I write this, I’m sitting in an accordion-style hospital wheelchair, my seat cushion haphazardly forced into the frame. I have no back support. My power wheelchair has been taken in for service for the sixth time in barely three months. I’m sitting in a room at my service provider’s headquarters, an hour and a half away from where I live.
Back in June, I started having battery issues – they were dying much quicker than they should.
One of my first blogs was about inspiration porn. That blog hinges around one of my favourite stories to tell; it illustrates the absurd things people say and shows how normal human behaviour (like dancing at a wedding reception) is blown out of proportion.
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