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One word can make a huge difference

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2016, 8:36 am in , , ,

In Christopher Reive's recent Taranaki Daily News article, Stephen Hills to represent New Zealand at the Paralympic Games, he writes:

"Hills, who suffers right-side paralysis and seizures..."

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A mash-up about Blogging Against Disablism Day #BADD2016

Posted on 1 May 2016, 12:24 pm in , , , , , , ,

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2016

1 May is the eleventh annual Blogging Against Disablism Day. "This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination (known as disablism or ableism). In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we've made," says the official site.

I've blogged a couple of times. This year I'm doing a mash-up of those two posts because they still represent my views.

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Blogging against blogging against disablism

Posted by Philip on 1 May 2014, 1:26 pm in , , , , , ,

Blogging Against Disablism Day logoMay 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day. You probably didn't know that. I remember hearing about it years ago but had forgotten until I saw a tweet about it.

The problem with blogging against disablism is that "disablism" is the wrong term. We should be blogging against ablism. Ablism is the preference for or normative belief that being able is better or superior than not being able, in the same way that heterosexism is the preference for or normative belief that being heterosexual is better or superior than not being heterosexual.

So blogging against disablism is like blogging against homosexism.

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The power of labels — is it time to move on?

Posted by Philip on 1 March 2014, 11:51 am in , , ,

Label saying "Who are you?"Yesterday I posted a meme, which said, “Better to have lost in love than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.”

I liked it of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it. Eleven others did too, some commenting on Facebook, “Amen to that,” and “Definitely!!”

Then this: “Hate it. It’s beat up on people with mental illness time again. Ever had the amazing person you love tell you that they just can't deal with your mental illness anymore? Our society is totally phobic about people with mental illness having intimate relationships.”

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Social change: a case of two steps forward, three steps back?

Posted by Philip on 17 January 2014, 2:31 pm in , , , , ,

As part of the Auckland Pride Festival 2014, Rainbow Youth is holding "a Pride Art Auction and Intergenerational Panel." They are calling for art submissions themed around identity, which they say aligns "with the celebration of diverse identities that the Pride Festival focuses on."

Ironically this youth led event is called "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue."

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Social media and its power to create social change @MrMikeMcRoberts

Posted by Philip on 11 December 2012, 7:18 pm in , , ,

Update: Here's the link to the story online.

Here's a twitter conversation I had with Mike McRoberts during 3News. He did a pre-intro to a story referring to someone being "wheelchair-bound":

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I'm not sure about gay red shirts

Posted by Philip on 14 November 2012, 4:46 pm in , , , ,

Today someone told me about Gay Red Shirt Day - it was last Friday 9 November and there's even a page on Facebook. It totally missed my radar and I'm not sure whether to click "Like" or not.

It all grew out of NZ PM John Key's statement on radio that the host's "red shirt looked gay". Gay Red Shirt Day was timed to coincide with Key's birthday.

So here's the thing: I've never found the so-called derogatory use of the word "gay" offensive. I've been known to say things are "gay" myself. 

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Agreeing on not instead of what

Posted by Philip on 24 April 2012, 9:51 am in , , ,

Following a bit of a stoush on Face(off)book last night after I objected to John Campbell's use of the term 'intellectually handicapped workers', one thing seems clear to me. In this complex, ever-changing world, we cannot always expect to agree on what is ok to think, say or do.

What is often more realistic and possible, though, is to agree on what is not ok to think, say or do. In the world of organisational governance, it's known as a 'limitations policy' – anything is ok except this, that and the other.

Admittedly, I made the mistake of suggesting an alternative term –'workers who experience intellectual disability'. This incited a social networking riot about the word 'experience' and gave licence to everyone to bid for their favourite terminology, which totally detracted from my point:

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