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Peer Support Design progresses

Posted by Philip Patston on 3 August 2009, 2:40 pm in , , ,

Diversityworks is working with disabled people, young people and family/whanau to explore how they can better use community-based relationships, virtual communication and socially innovative methods in their lives. Generously supported by the Todd Foundation.

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Gay comic builds Creative Diversity event

Posted by Philip Patston on 21 January 2009, 9:00 pm in , , ,

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News

By GayNZ.com Daily News Staff - 15th January 2009

Gay and disabled comedian Philip Patston is about to launch the most ambitious project of his life - Momentum'09, an International Creative Diversity Symposium happening next month at Auckland's Sky City Convention Centre.

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Disabled People Can't Dance

Posted by Philip on 28 December 2008, 12:00 pm in , , ,

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="232" caption="Touch Compass"]Touch Compass[/caption]

Catch me on TV tonight...

Artsville brings New Zealand art and artists to the screen with a series of vivid documentaries, from a range of the country's best and independent producers, directors and writers.

This week - Disabled People Can't Dance: The portrait of two gifted dancers, Jesse and Dan, who happen to be disabled, and the unique dance company they dance for - Touch Compass. With narration by renowned comedian, Philip Patston.

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I blame soap operas and reality TV...

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 December 2008, 4:12 am in , ,

Curtis at Attitude tipped me off that this thread on Hard News was hotting up - great to see. Thanks Russell Brown for posting the clip and Hilary Stace for the kind words. Bless.

I always feel slightly torn when considering contributing to these kinds of discussions around impairment and disability, mainly because the language used is so inconsistent and, in many cases, either confusing or just semantically inaccurate.

Disability, disabilities, disablement, different ability, physically/ intellectually challenged, mentally retarded etc...all are words used in such an ad hoc manner that they become meaningless in my mind. Sometimes they are used to define and categorise individuals; at other times to describe social processes; then again to paint a picture of behaviour. The only thing they have in common is that they serve to draw a comparison with what we interpret as a "normal" experience of being in this reality we call life, the world, society (look, more ad hoc, confused semantic redundancy).

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Building bonds benefit both, say Diverse Dads

Posted by Philip Patston on 12 September 2008, 4:35 pm in ,

Relationship building with children was made easier by not having to fit mainstream fathering stereotypes, disabled dads and gay dads agreed in a panel discussion during Waitakere City’s Focus on Fathering Week last week.

“We are different from the start, so we don’t even try to fit in. We’re building a new architecture of parenting,” said Maori gay man Ian. He and Dutch partner of 15 years, Erik, have “whangaied” (looked after children from within the family) over 20 children from two generations with up to seven children at one time living with them.

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Diversity highlights future fathering trend

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 August 2008, 5:58 pm in ,

Disabled and gay men will share their experiences of fatherhood on a panel discussion as part of Waitakere City’s Focus on Fathering Week, in September.

“Diverse Dads – Fathers of the Future” is being organised by gay, disabled comedian Philip Patston. He aims to draw attention to the experience of men who may be overlooked as fathers.

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Diverse Dads mull over macho mainstream

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 August 2008, 5:57 pm in ,

Did you hear the one about the gay, disabled comedian who wanted children?

He was only joking…or was he?

Billy T Award-winning comic Philip Patston admits he’s nearly become a dad four times in his life – once in a drunken teenage moment and three times in discussion with lesbian friends. But right now, at 40, he’s quite content to be an uncle to two nieces, two nephews and numerous children of friends. “Children are wonderful,” he quips, “and even better when you can give them back to their parents.”

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I knew it!

Posted by Philip Patston on 14 July 2008, 8:22 am in

Red, over at walkingisoverrated.com  (I've wanted to say that "over at" thing for ages) says in a recent post that it was a "shock to me [that] more than half of the respondents of a recent online poll said they’d rather be dead than severely disabled."

I commented that they are "great stats to have, backs up what I’ve been saying for at least two years. Over half of people fear functional change/loss more than death. That says a lot about the emotionally created mindset behind why we make it so difficult to be disabled. We’d have to change things quite a bit to make it easier than dying, wouldn’t we?"

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Living in Auckland

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 June 2008, 7:21 pm in


Yesterday I started keeping a daily journal for some research I'm involved in about being disabled and living in Auckland. As I'm far more motivated to do things (in the short term) for others than for myself, it'll be interesting to see if I keep it up for the two weeks. I thought it would be a good opportunity to leverage it and do some regular blogging too, so here's the first entry:
Another day at home in my lovely house, for which I feel grateful on a daily basis. Two visitors commented on what a lovely place it is (a regular occurrence), and I’m reminded of feeling embarrassed to have people visit in the past, in this place before the renovations and previous dwellings.

I was going to go out this evening to a seminar at McLaurin Chapel in Princes St, but ended up not going, partly to finish AMP Scholarship application but also because the thought of going out put me off! It means finding a park, getting someone to bump me down steps or through the ridiculously long accessible path through trees and up and down hills. Then it’s often cold and the toilets are not accessible so it’s a matter of struggling through three doors. And then sitting there thinking about getting out again!

I called two people today about access to a restaurant where a dinner is being held on Friday. The second person, who’s responsible for the event, didn’t return my call. These people have known me for 18 mths yet I still have to check up on this stuff. The first person said they’d thought about access but wasn’t sure, and I’ve been to the place years ago and it was hopeless – split levels (steps) and dodgy toilets if I remember rightly (the restaurant is in Cornwall Park).
Anyway, I’ve done my bit. I’m not going to pursue it and if they don’t respond, I won’t go.

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