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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 Geeks and Peeps ever dance together?

A few weeks ago I attended the DevCSI Accessibility Hackdays. When I was first asked to participate, I thought they had accidentally asked the wrong person. My idea of a hackday was getting a whole bunch of developers together, feeding them a lot of meat, carbs and beer, and letting them get on with geeking out. They would work into the wee small hours and build a whole bunch of innovative cool stuff. Well, I will now hold my hand high and say that I could not have been more wrong.

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Digital Inclusion in the Big Society: you can't legislate human nature

In my mission to further social inclusion, I have been observing the interplay between the third sector, disabled activists and government: whilst everyone involved seem to be going along with happenings in a matter of fact way, I have been sitting, watching and thinking "What the.....".

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The relationship between disability and accessibility

I am in a bit of a quandary about the relationship between disability and accessibility. From the disability perspective, it is perfectly reasonable for disabled folk to expect things to be accessible. It is law in the UK, designed to sit within the wider framework of equality and human rights for all citizens, and that is certainly where I'm at. In addition to this, as the term disability covers almost one fifth of the UK population and is as wide and varied as a group that size can be, it is also perfectly reasonable that people whose broad needs can be somehow grouped and identified under different sub-categories in order to facilitate access, are able to do so.

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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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