some of you may be interested in making a contribution to this post about ‘abiltiy’ or ‘disability’. I know I am.
Playing devil’s advocate today…
I recently gave a session on autoethnography and reflexive writing at Sheffield Hallam and I included several examples of autoethnography of my own. One example was some reflexion I had done during the Paralympics. Someone suggested I put it in a blog to encourage debate:
‘So the past month has been about planning, and watching the olympics and paralympics, which have really got me thinking about disabilities – in fact it is not about disability but all about ability. Even the language used is interesting – political correctness talks about people of restricted height for example, but paralympics talk about dwarfism. Language is much more direct, honest and matter of fact. Is PC for the benefit of the ‘inflicted’ or is it to make the public feel more empathetic to individuals’ feelings? Do we worry too much about upsetting people?
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