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The Internet, citizenship and community

The founders of the Internet had a vision of it being open and inclusive, breaking down the barriers that lead to social inequality and exclusion, and playing a pivotal role in creating a global community that is a level playing field for all. This is certainly what I signed up for, but it appears that these fundamental values are being eroded.

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Does it grow corn?

I have never been a big fan of rules and think I will probably remain a bit of a rebel for the rest of my life, because even now, when faced with having a rule imposed on me, not only do I want to break it, I want to break it twice. And in the same vein, I am also not much of a conformist or big on social convention, and these things do get me into trouble now and again.

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Bullying and social inclusion: zero tolerance is the only way

When you are the parent of a school aged child, you have access to a wealth of insights, not only about how young minds are shaped and how so many influences and factors are at play, but also how important the things that those working in education do or don’t do are in the grand scheme of things.

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Social inclusion is a two-way street

I have been doing a little one woman social experiment of late, as I am fascinated by the human condition and particularly what makes people behave the way they do. Having moved from the mainstream into the disabled stream, the one thing that I have found very difficult to comprehend is why so many people respond to me chipping up with my white cane with fear.

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If social inclusion is the agenda, can someone please explain to me how disabled folk are going to get affordable housing?

I have been pretty resolute in my assertion that politics is just not my bag, so the decision to contradict myself and venture into an area in which I am no expert and which anyone who adheres to the laws of social etiquette will tell you is a big no-no, has not come lightly, but when I get a bee in my bonnet, there is just no point in trying to fight it.

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Can a socially included blind girl find collective responsibility in the big city?

Despite my visual impairment, I am a fully paid up, card carrying member of this somewhat broken society of ours and do not feel that I am socially excluded in the way that I have chosen to live my live. And, of course, as I have choice, despite the fact that I may have not always seen it that way, I am incredibly fortunate. The trouble is that, even though I am apparently sitting on the socially included side of the fence, I am just not feeling it.

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