You're unique. You're special. You want to know why?
As a disabled person you are a specialist, a professional, someone who has all the answers about the 'disabling barriers' that make it difficult for you to join mainstream society.
Whether you are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, have a physical impairment or learning difficulties we all suffer from discrimination in one form or another. As it's a collective problem it was decided by the disabled peoples movement to put all these impairments under the banner of 'disabled people'.
You and I can't do much about the way we are - I'll never, in my life' get better!
So as we live in a civalised world - which is easiest - us trying to fit in with the way the world is run or should society try to change its thinking to take our needs into account?
At this moment I'd like you to contribute and tell me what stops you from leading a full and interesting life? Just accept that you have your impairment and you handle it the best way you can. What changes could 'society' make to improve your quality of life. Describe the 'disabling barriers' that you face.
For example, I can't open heavy doors as one arm doesn't work and I'm using an elbow crutch with my other arm so opening doors is a barrier to me getting through them. After consultation (a chat at work) the doors were made to open automatically when I touched a wall button. Problem solved! The disabling barrier had been removed.
It would be nice if you could share your story with us - what bugs you and what does society need to do to fix it.