Posts by WaterDragon

  • Access: #DisabledAndCute,

    Gotta say although I know the context for #disabledandcute and am pretty supportive of what it means for us as disabled people, I just find it SO difficult to get past that "cute" word. Too infantilising for my comfort.

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  • Access: Murder – it’s not OK.,

    Nice piece Hilary.
    To add to what you pointed out about disabled people across the whole range of impairment being at greatly increased risk, the NZ post-census Disability Survey points out that most disabled people have two or more impairments, and one disabled person in 3 has unmet health needs- which means that many disabled people don't get support services, or pretty inadequate amounts of it. International research about disability, violence and abuse shows a complex mix of invisibility, insufficient inadequate services, denial of basic human rights and attitudinal black holes.
    This isn't just about services though, it's as much about how this always runs in the media,(breathless paeans about 'mercy killings) or in the courts where judges and lawyers strut their inimical stuff . Both frankly are revolting and crappy.Ruby Knox's killing (see, I choose to name the victim, not the killer) and the killings of all those other disabled people deserve better than simply focussing on service provision though totes agree it's important too.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    post-truth. But Trumpenproletariat has legs too

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  • Access: Help needed! Deciphering the…,

    Mean spirited gits!

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste,

    Some things amongst the considerable pile of ordure peddled by Henry, Plunket, Hoskings and their fellow travellers are "slow steamers". Shauney's ill-considered rant to Louise Carrol comes into that category. It still leaves me incensed, and I still consider that the BSA got it very wrong. I try not to remember Shauney's shit too often- bad for my mental health-, but be sure that many of us bear profound resentment for this kind of stuff. May he and his ilk be monstered by the BSA I say!

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  • Speaker: Housing for the disabled is a…,

    Good issue to put up Tom
    I did some data analysis a few years back for the (then) Retirement Commission, and post-census disability survey data highlighted quite a gap between the rate of home ownership for disabled people (as you say, we cover a very broad range of impairments) and non-disabled people. Unsurprisingly the rate was much lower for disabled people, and was falling.
    Fast forward to the present day, and home-ownership is likely to be very small indeed, and being able to live affordably in secure accessible long-term rental accommodation is a very much sought after end that so many disabled people seem a long way away from.
    There has been a long period of buck-shoving/problem shoving by government housing departments to community entities such as IHC. Said buck-shovers have had no appetite for providing accessible accommodation, and in doing so have provided what seems to be contempt for New Zealand's largest minority (24%+).
    We deserve better, all of us.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Lilith __,

    They are geniuses in the dark art of having idiotic thoughts in full flight-Weber would have been much more elegant, calling such behaviour bureaupathic.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    First and foremost, nice piece Emma.
    Second, re requirement to re-confirm you are still disabled-I've seen policy that says it will be gone on a number of occasions, yet it is still around-large as life and twice as repellent.They appear unable to walk their talk.
    The practice will lurk, rather like a cane toad in the practices and pieces of paper. It will continue to lurk while they talk social model of disability and policy-formulation:- a stupid beyond belief (disabled friends in Australia would call it wankpenguin) operationalisation of policy.
    Third, what I think is really important: these blokes and blokesses absolutely need to realign the savagery that is the abatement regime. It totally stuffs up pretty well any beneficiary, but impacts particularly hard on disabled people, notably those who need to use a lot of money to get to the workplace because they can't use public transport.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Love that cartoon

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  • Access: Treatment for itching and shyness,

    I see no reason why this post shouldn't be seen as a real disability post Hilary. There are lots of exclusionary definitions that are mainly for administrative purposes, and they will, rather irritatingly continue to exist. (Yes, I admit freely, I read Deborah Stone's "The Disabled State" which has probably had a big impact on my thinking about what this thing called disability really is). But there is quite a lot of difference between the administative definitions, and the world of thinking and theorising, which is a broader church, so to speak. Like the velveteen rabbit, your experience is real.

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