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More on my aversion to the word 'disabled'

When I blogged about my aversion to the word 'disabled' the other day, I  was just throwing my thoughts out there, as I do. Although I curb the profanity that usually arises when expressing my views in person, as long as what I write is honest and respectful, I do not otherwise hold back, so it was a bit surprising to feel discombobulated when my views on the word 'disabled' were challenged.

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Ongoing aversion to the word 'disabled'

I am sure I have made the assertion that I am not disabled as many times as have had hot dinners. I also know that I am equally prolific in expressing my dislike of political correctness and I am not trying to be contentious or offensive, but I simply find the word 'disabled' and its derivatives irksome. I appreciate that the terms used to characterise 'disability' exist to provide points of reference and consistent understanding, but in my wee opinion this has just made matters worse.

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Psychological impairments: invisible but very present

The progress that has been made in the last 50 years in the understanding and treatment of psychological impairments - ranging from mood disorders and learning difficulties to the impact of emotional trauma, such as childhood abandonment, neglect and abuse - is truly extraordinary.

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Will the good guys ever win in the war for human rights?

The thing that used to trouble me greatly was the eternal hypothetical question "Will the good guys ever win?". I would spend countless hours trying to make sense of what I thought was a great injustice. It perplexed me as to why there were some folk in the world who just seemed to breeze through life, all body parts in full working order, achieving their goals with relative ease and having a pretty smooth ride on the big life train overall. And these folk, who appear to not have a care in the world, concern themselves with incredible amounts of minutiae that makes them very whiney and they manage to cause themselves all sorts of unnecessary stress over rubbish that truly matters not. This is more commonly known as a storm in a teacup.

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Web accessibility and human rights: is the Internet the great equaliser?

December 10, 1948 is the most important day in the calendar of civil society. It is the day that the United Nations set out the rights and freedoms, which all humans should be afforded, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sadly, we are far from achieving these as a race overall. It is understandable where non-democratic governments still prevail, but where democracy rules, why are we still failing?

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Equality, accessibility and inclusivity: paving the path to social change

As I spend most of my time concerning myself with equality, accessibility and inclusivity, I do tend to forget that most people in the world do not. Most people don't even have these words in their vernacular, let alone spend any time considering their role in making these things a reality. They simply don't think that they are in any way responsible, but I beg to differ. Edmund Burke got it right when he said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." But I have a sneaking suspicion that the path is not clear.

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The Human Rights Model of Ability

I am frequently aggrieved by social injustice and inequality, more so in this digital age as there is enough information, both scientific and anecdotal, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are all different and we all deserve to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives. But this is not how things are in our so-called civilised democracy, so something's gotta give.

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Eradicating the stigma of disability: look back only to inform the future

In my infinite hippiedom, when I find life doesn’t make sense to me or when I feel the need for some spiritual realignment, I can be found on the floor either with my legs akimbo in a yoga pose or bopping away with my headphones on, listening to music made by other hippy types like me.

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Impaired? Yes. Able? Definitely. Disabled? Occasionally.

I know that I have made it unreservedly clear that I am not a fan of labels or political correctness for the sake of it. I guess that's because my interest, or at least where I think the crux of the issue lies, is not with what you call people but more about how you view them and, consequently, treat them. I am a big fan of human rights and seem to be quite happy with the label 'human being', although many people that know me might question this and try to redirect me to my home planet.

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Grab life by both hands, hold tight and enjoy the journey!

My friend, Shezan, is a pretty awesome guy. He read Economics at Cambridge, but instead of following the herd and getting a job in the City, he decided to go into teaching, and not at some leafy suburban school, but at a tough inner city school in London, and he absolutely loves it. But Shezan also has Glaucoma and he ended up spending a year off work, having a series of unsuccessful operations, which threw his world into complete disarray.

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