Inclusion Campaign Launches
I’ve been fighting hard to keep positive lately. I know it’s only my view, but the world has seemed more fearful. More divisive. More hateful. In the social justice world there’s been horrifying accounts. In the disability world there’s been government cuts and hate crime. People are losing care funding, Motability cars and their independence.
Luckily I also noticed the positive things in life. This basically happened when I stopped watching the news. It’s full of extreme negativity (as in skewed to never have positivity). Since I started looking around me. Hanging with family and friends without the dreaded fear in my head. Observing people in my town. Engaging with amazing people and projects online. I’m feeling more optimistic.
I’ve been involved in a local time banking initiative. Where people give time for credits. Credits than can get hours of support from other members. Or credits that can be swapped for vouchers. For example I could teach someone about social media. In return someone else could help me with the gardening. Or I could go to the cinema after giving so many hours.
How to be a Kick-Ass Disabled Person
I’m a professional disabled person. I’ve been doing this barrier breaking, rights fighting thing for a while now. Trust me I’ve learned the ropes.
So I decided to share my top 10 tips for being a kick-ass disabled person. Be sure to share your ideas too in the comments section and on my @martynsibley social media channels.
And remember don’t take life too seriously. It’s often what you make of it that counts.
When you need to use a hoist and accessible bathroom to pooh, planning is your friend. When I flew to Australia I literally had to plan when I used the loo, to give me a fighting chance of reaching Singapore safely. Yea, aeroplanes are not so accessible in that way either.
It’s not just pooing that needs planning. When you are a kick-ass disabled person you have to plan around health appointments, Personal care Assistants, accessible venues, and company policies.
Did you know: to request ramp assistance at railway stations, you should give 24 hours warning? Don’t know about you, but I don’t know when a meeting will finish tomorrow (both for work or social reasons).
Ruth Owen – Transport and Individual Responsibility
“All I was doing was trying to get home from work”
(Quote from Rosa Parks on the civil rights struggle for inclusive transport.)
Last week I MCd an event run by Open Inclusion on inclusive transport. We had seven speakers in total. Four disabled people with a range of impairments. Three industry people from Virgin Atlantic, Network Rail, and Uber.
It’s not so surprising to hear the take away was ‘we’ve come far, but there’s a long way to go’. However getting everyone together was very important. For disabled people to understand industry, and industry to understand disabled transport users. The solutions began flowing.
Ruth Owen is my latest podcast guest. Transport is one of two key points raised in our interview. The second being our personal responsibility to speak out against injustice.