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Travel by Sound: “Blind Man Roams the Globe”

Travelling with a disability is often pretty hilarious, or difficult, depending on your luck and your point of view. But it also means you experience the places you’re in differently. Peter White, a journalist from the UK, has done a … Continue reading

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Disability can help you make money and change family values? Recent advertisements from India

The classic way to use your disability to make money is by begging. There’s even pyramid schemes based around disability. Recently in India, big corporates are getting in on the act, using disability and cancer to help sell their products. … Continue reading

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Choice and Disability Policy: give people choices, and try to change them

Independence doesn’t mean doing everything yourself, it means having your own choices. The point is that independent people have control over their lives, not that they perform every task themselves. Independence is not linked to the physical or intellectual capacity … Continue reading

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The Data Revolution: Count us in, count us out

There’s a fascinating conversation on data over on Development Drums A fascinating conversation on what now? The data revolution. The revolution is coming, and disabled people are part of it. Data is exciting. Satellite images of trees can help stop … Continue reading

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Back to the beginning – Ed Robert Campus in Berkeley

Recently I visited Berkeley, to see one of the birth places of the disability rights movement in the US. After contracting polio, Ed Robert’s doctor said that he would be “better off dead”. Rather than dying, Ed Roberts was a … Continue reading

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Disability: It’s not a Bad Thing and it doesn’t make you Exceptional

An awesome talk from Stella Young, an Australian comedian and activist: I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been approached, by strangers, wanting to tell me that they think I’m brave or inspirational. And this was long … Continue reading

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What do you think when I say “disabled person”?

As soon as she said “disabled person” I realised what the problem was. Disability is a natural part of life. People with disabilities make up 15% of the world’s population, and include men, women, young, old, our families, ourselves and … Continue reading

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Disability and the Global South: time for some double discrimination

Good news today in disability and development: welcome to Disability and the Global South, an open-access journal that has released its first edition. Browsing through a couple of the articles, I found… A couple of articles that made points on … Continue reading

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If you had one shot…

It’s obviously a good thing to send girls to school, right? Not so simple: I think, in the case of education, it’s complex, because you can send a girl to school, she can receive a lousy curriculum that teaches her … Continue reading

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For your kind information

I’m here to try to make sense of my day job, which is working with disability in Bangladesh. While I’m at it, I’ll try to make sense of some of my life as well. I’m disabled myself, and I have … Continue reading

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