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Independence and impairment: the fight for survival

I have expressed the need for a greater understanding of the psychological aspects of sight loss many a time - or any other restrictive impairment for that matter. Sadly, my efforts have failed to yield the inclusion of emotional or psychological support services for those with such impairments and on a recent trip abroad I was reminded of why it isn't only the practical aspects of disability that matter.

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Is disability the last taboo?

As I wander through the world trying to make it that little bit better, I am forever perplexed by how awkward so many people are around us disabled types. Sure, I don't expect people to have a detailed understanding of the machinations of living with the wide range and complexity of impairments that fall under the rather big banner of disability, but I would hope that there would be a little more compassion, tolerance and sensitivity when it comes to interacting with us.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The reality of Disability

I am amazed at just how resilient us human beings are, but I certainly don't want that resilience to make us desensitised when things are clearly wrong. The other day we set off to say goodbye to our son as he ascended the stairs of the bus to sleepover camp for the very first time. When we arrived at the drop off location, we were asked to wait with our son's luggage until the bus arrived. As this is a Jewish summer camp, it is ruled by a very different time algorithm called JMT, Jewish Mean Time, so the bus was invariably late: the kids hurried off to hang out, leaving the parents standing around watching their luggage. Typical.

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Disability and Eugenic Abortion: What is the value of a human life?

In our house, we have a regular Sunday routine: we heckle the TV whilst watching the weekly social, political and moral issues being debated on The Big Questions. There is always a discussion in our living room that follows, the length of which is determined by just how irked I get by one opinion or the other. But last Sunday was very different.

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Disability awareness meet ignorance and stereotypes

I have been doing some observing of late, trying to understand what it is about disabled people that make some folk treat us like we are aliens. The old excuse of a previous altercation with an "angry disabled person" is a bit long in the tooth, but I do suspect that this stereotype is alive and well.

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Living with a disability: can those who don't really understand?

I think it is pretty fair to assert that you can never really understand something until you actually experience it. It matters not whether it is the thrill of becoming a parent, the grief of losing someone you love or even the trivial delight that us girls get when we find that perfect pair of shoes.

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Coping with sight loss: the grieving process revisited

When I registered blind in 2008, I made the decision to embrace my loss and come to terms with the eventuality of losing all useful vision. And so began the grieving process. I went to some pretty grim places in my soul, but when I reached acceptance, I realised that I had never been angry, which is unusual as it is supposed to be a key stage of the grieving process.

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