An accessible little Christmas

As if on cue, the editor of ABC’s site Ramp Up, Stella Young has published a fantastic article demonstrating the ‘wicked sense of humour’ to which I referred in Dating Disability Style. The first gives the ‘darkness’ of Andrew’s discrimination claim again the suicide hot spot “The Gap” a run for it’s money. She writes:

The other Christmas tradition I think we could perhaps tinker with in the name of increasing access is our old friend the turkey. So far, I’ve gotten away with going home for Christmas and having my lovely Mum cook the turkey but now that I’m a grown up, it’ll eventually be my turn to host Christmas and do the lunch. As I mentioned, I’m kind of small. The turkey is, as birds go, one of the more humongous ones. Hoofing a meal that’s weighs about the same as you into an oven is no mean feat and I’m a bit frightened of doing a Sylvia Plath.

The second, is a comment sparked by this line of the article:

I’ve noticed that the increased amount of people in shopping centres can have some extra consequences for wheelchair users. There are more people to interrupt you while you’re waiting in ludicrously long queues to ask what’s wrong with you.

The first time I was out with Andrew and a complete stranger came up to him and said ‘what happened to you?’ I was completely taken aback. Now I know that it does happen. Andrew, to date, hasn’t had the best come back lines, offering up a rather lame ‘I fell over’. He needs to take a leaf out of stella’s book:

I was asked that question a couple of days ago while at lunch with a friend. My response: “I just got soy sauce on my favourite top.”

If you want a good belly chuckle, head over to Stella’s article: Have yourself an accessible little Christmas. Priceless.


Posted on January 2, 2012, in Disability and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the tip. Great read. I shall pass the address on to a friend in Melbourne.
    I used to take my mother out in a chair as she could not walk far. She now doesn’t walk at all and doesn’t go out, but that’s a different story. It wa amazing how many people simply ignored her. The combination of advanced years and a wheelchair seemed to render her a non-person. Before her dementia got such a grip she would get very cross about it.

    • My grandfather had both his legs amputated and I recall him saying something similar about being ‘invisible’ when he was in the chair. He did say when he went out in the electric scooter people spoke to him. That’s probably because he looked far sillier with his little flag at the back!

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