I have been taken aback today by the Times Headline, which was repeated as a throw away remark out of context to me earlier today that "it's cool to be disabled".
If you know me, I crack on with life despite my own circumstances - and actually I don't think of myself as being disabled. But clearly it's not cool that I can't drive a car, or tread a book in the traditional sense.
It's not cool that idiots walk in to me in the street because they are not paying attention and I can't see them coming and it's not cool that I have to spend out mega bucks on taxis travelling places that sighted friends and colleagues can just walk to.
It's not cool that some people think it's ok to talk to me as if I'm stupid because I work with my guide dog or a white stick. It's not cool when people are surprised when I tell them I work. It's flippin' luke warm at it's coolest when random people tell me how well I'm doing to get on a train.
And none of this particularly bothers me - rough with the smooth and all that.
but when a fellow guest on Sky News today casually dropped in the term "it's cool to be disabled" during a sky news discussion - even I (the world's least PC person) was, as I say, taken aback.
I was taken aback not based on my own circumstances because I live a pretty dam good life - but there are people who are so severely disabled that they can't eve leave their home or hospital bed. How cool is that?
And what patronising cretin thinks the success of athletes with disabilities makes their disability "cool"?
I have always taken the attitude that I'm me, and if anyone has a problem with that - I couldn't give a rat's rectum - but I will not and cannot sit anywhere keeping a straight face when anyone thinks it's cool not to be able to do things that other people can.
If you think disability is cool - you're a fool
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