Hello to all my lovely Disability Arts Online readers!
Yes I’m back – for the second week running. And thank you to the three people who had the courage, in their moment of desperation, to reach out to me. I hope my advice has helped and please, please do keep on writing!
As always I’m here to help you all. To turn your troubles into bubbles and blow them away!
Talking about bubbly things, earlier this week I attended this amazing course all about Equal Rights – if I’m honest, I actually thought I’d booked on to a Ear Nose And Throat Awareness Day, but somehow must have gotten my dates mixed up. Anyway, it’s really opened my eyes! I mean, I had no idea that there are all sorts of invisible barriers, hoisted up by those without personal struggle or difference, erected just to keep you alternatives out! And they’re everywhere!
It’s made me more determined than ever to support you to stand up – or stay seated – and fight against them. Yes, let’s bring down those walls, just because you can’t see them it doesn’t mean they’re not there, I think I’m right in saying most experience blind people would agree with me on that one. Charge ahead, aim for those narrow employment gateways, those hard to navigate health and safety guidelines, those completely inaccessible glass ceilings and smash them! Bring them down! Burst through and brandish, for everyone to see, all your best bits!
And I’ll be there with my best bits too. Fighting the not so nice Normals with every last limb in my body!
Now the first dirty, disgustingly prejudice barrier I want us to look at, that subtly discriminates leaving you all at a massive disadvantage to everyone else is the one created by the fashion industry.
How can you be expected to follow the latest trends when you can’t actually see what they are? Or, you can see them but can’t hear the crucial advice that goes alongside the designs? How can you buy clothes to fit when you’re shorter, or taller, or walk with wheels? What about my stroppy senile delinquent friend, how is he expected to find clothes to represent him when he can’t even find the toilet? Or all those newly identified people suffering with celebrititus, who’s designing clothes for them? It won’t be easy, they’ll need to be on trend, appropriately skimpy, but also waterproof with those vital built-in pockets to accommodate their tissues?
Designers don’t seem to take you people of difference into account at all! No, they only seem to cater for fully symmetrical, standard bodies! But we can subvert them by starting our own fashion statements. We can. Let us start now. This very day. For one of our best bits – something we all have no matter what else is missing – is our head!
So, whatever your peculiarity, race, gender or age specification, join with me in trying a bit of Head Fashion!
In my multi-descriptive photograph you can see, or feel, my very own version of Head Fashion. Though the look is expensive, it actually didn’t cost me a penny! I simply took the summer theme of festival, utilised a household egg basket and decorated it with a few perfectly placed garden flowers.
Fun – tastic!
So why not have a go yourself. Create your own Head Fashion – and post on the DAO Facebook.
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And it’s over to you….