Great things are going on over at BADD Here are some of the first posts I have managed to read. There are many more to come over the next few days, and I'm sure the debates will continue around here. Yes, you people have got more than just me thinking.
Wheelchair Dancer is at her finest with a blast at something both ugly and deplorable.
Lady Bracknell's Editor provokes feelings of disquiet and dismay as she demands the minutes stand and be counted...
Dave Hingsburger always makes me think, and this is no exception. I'm still thinking.
Cusp tells the truth of the matter.
David at Growing Up With a Disability writes about not being seen.
Wheelie Catholic gets me thinking about the people who reinforce negative outlooks...
And a late entrant (only because I have to stop now and get some sleep) An Unreliable Witness, being actually quite reliable I find.
I was joined earlier in the evening by my son who became curious at all this computer activity. He read a little then we got on with the bedtime routine. Big issues are usually broached by him with a circumspect, often random question. It's how I know something major is up for discussion. And it was when we were settling down for the night with warm milk that he asked:
"What would you like to be in the Guiness Book of Records for?"
"For speaking the most truths in a lifetime," was my reply.
Then, because he's read some of the posts tonight, and especially liked David's he was asking why for BADD we didn't all write our own newspaper or magazine. He asked this because I used to write for newspapers and magazines.
"Why don't you all get together to be in a newspaper?" he asked.
I didn't tell him about the Guardian (see WCD above). I just didn't have the words for a child where The Guardian is concerned. I did tell him that newspapers house some of the most entrenched disablists out there. And why would we as free-thinking disabled bloggers want to bother seeking recognition or approval from newspapers that send out lies and bad messages about people with disabilities every day? It's the non-disabled readers who have their own prejudices validated over breakfast every morning.
Writing for the press has always seemed cool to my son. Until recently. Now there is a certain amount of conflict. His father still has a cool job. His mother doesn't, but realises she actually never did. I feel privileged through my experience of disability to be able to tell him the truth. To ask him to seek out the truth and reject all the misrepresentation.
He went on to consider other areas where the portrayal of people with disabilities is very important. "Why there aren't more disabled actors like in Tracey Beaker?" he asked. And so we talked about how it would be good to see actors with disabilities playing roles that are non-disability related. Where the disability is not central to the plot.
I hope in future years he will write his own post for BADD. He certainly has a keen grasp on what we're up against for one so young. He is finding his own voice in all of this.