I hope you are having a good day.
Yesterday I went to a workshop on the language around disability.
I learnt a lot.
One of the activities was thinking of life in terms of two categories.
The first being social the other medical, so examples of the first is friends, holidays, acceptance, negative perceptions and fun. The other hospital, crutches, OT, physio, splints, medication.
What we found was we are more likely to be seen as our medical condition/s and not expected to socialise and go out which is something able-bodied people take for granted.
As a young woman, I want to do what others do. Why should I be seen as inconvenient when I have just as much of a right to go out and explore as anyone else.
It often is the perception of those in society around me that needs to change. I am capable and want to be as independent as possible. I want to resist the perception of people with disabilities.