Hello out there to all you readers of Disability Arts Online! I’m Daphne, and I’m about to become your favourite Agony Aunt.
It’s true that I cannot claim to be different, not in the way that most of you reading this can, but I have been giving people with difference advice for many, many years. Couple this with my monthly subscription to guide-dogs and my up-to-date First Aide qualification, I guarantee you don’t need to go to anyone else to get the answers you need.
My first piece of general advice is to be more active! Now I know most of you arty types are not really interested in being Paralympians, but I’m going to change that! Yes, I want to get you hurdling – emotionally jumping – right over those everyday problems that are getting you down!
I thought the first one we could tackle, is that thorny issue of language. More and more people seem to assume that you all want and are happy to be described as Disabled. But personally, I really hate the term. There’s nothing positive about it! So, I thought I’d start by encouraging you to kick the Social Model into touch and come up with some new twenty first century terms of your own. After all, we’re in a post-modernist era and you don’t need to identify in the same way – you can basically call yourselves what you like!
What about Distinctive Walkers, or Marvellous Movers, or even Gradient Gliders for those with mobility impairment. We could try White Stick Waltzers, or braille bruisers for the visually impaired. Why not create hip-hop hand Talkers, or hearing aid heroes to describe Deaf People? And what about ditching hidden impairments and adopting Not So Normal instead?
So, get ready and get languaging!
Whatever you think – do get back to me!
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