Posts by WaterDragon

  • Access: Respect, please,

    Simulation exercises tend to be beguiling to non-disabled people. This may be for worthy motivations, but they are of really limited use. There's American (and quite possibly from elsewhere) research that points out the negative impact of this "experience it for a wee while" type of simulation exercise. It is more likely to confirm impairment-as-deficit perceptions, perceptions that tend to accompany a lot of other negative disability stereotype. In short, tends to confirm those nasty suspicions. Victoria is right to point to a need to put respect into everyday action as the central issue.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Just seen your post-we are the experts, recognise our expertise-so yes yes yes yes.
    We' disabled people have been saying this in relation to disability for so many years, with a sad lack of success. Far easier in both instances to listen to the "experts" on the sidelines because, well who knows really?
    But listen to the Emmas . They know whereof they speak.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    First honour to Katrina, and to all of the women who speak out/don't speak out/say something and are disbelieved/get to put themselves through the gruelling ordeal of a trial/undergo trial by media.
    Thank you. We hear the echoes of the pain. We've all of us made different choices for very good reasons. What happens to you is always there, and it is often so difficult to manage.
    We need to change the rape culture that we're soaking in (great phrase Emma). That's all of us, not just the men.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Access: One in Four – NZ Disability Survey, in reply to David Hood,

    Thanks Sacha.
    There's been an interesting swerve to the overall%. For the first two post census surveys, the overall percentage was 20%. Then for reasons not well understood even to Stats NZ (who almost stood on their heads trying to explain it, though nobody in the end could do so in a particularly satisfactory way), in the third survey it dropped to around 17%. Now it is back up around where we might be expected, given the aging cohort moving through and the incidence of impairment increasing with age.
    I am always slightly bemused that so many people don't really quite understand the implications of the majority experience-the majority of us have more than one impairment! It has substantial implications for service provision, not to mention that disabled people can go through all sorts of contortions in trying to obtain appropriate services to meet all of the needs. And that's before health conditions are added too, to further complicate the picture.
    As I recall it (and I doubt the wording of the questions about mobility impairment will have changed substantially, though as Sacha notes, some changes have been made in some places), there's a mix of agility and mobility in the questions.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big Chill,

    Erk. Not only is this a flawed judgement, it's also a nasty one, those above have spelled it out. Come in number 53, the boat needs urgent review

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Cool asylum: Porirua Hospital Museum,

    Templeton has had a couple of documentaries made about it. While I've seen both, I cannot recall definitively if one of them was Out of Sight, Out of Mind, though I suspect so. The woman who will know about the doco is Sue Gates.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Meals for Me,

    On the cooking-for-one front,I'm not worried about eating the same thing on successive days, if (as I try to ensure) it's something I like a fair bit. So the soup season gives me a great chance to indulge in kumera and blue vein cheese soup. With repeats

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What rules are these?, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    What he said! Buzz off SST

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity,

    The interview with Jim Mora was underwhelming. I t might give us all peace of mind if he wasn't rather too evidently pursuing commercial motives using his daughter, It's kinda tacky this.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Defective, deficient, deviant…,

    Nice post Hilary about some of our silenced lives. I never cease to be amazed/bemused at the huge variety of ways that disabled lives have been, and continue to be, made invisible within a society we inhabit. The institutions such as you describe have had a long shadow and looming impact. And the 'institutional thinking that has informed these places has been present in a huge variety of settings and for disabled people across the whole spectrum. And yes, Robert was the first learning-impaired person to speak at the UN.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2011 • 25 posts Report Reply

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