Three wheelchair users rolled into a bar…….so they raised it!

Every time I turn on my computer or read a magazine (you remember them dead trees with writing on them) some fool is being “so inspired” by a brave disabled person?
To we the dis and otherwise abled finding us “such an inspiration” or being “so amazed” by the fact that we get dressed and leave the house and do the same stuff as everyone else is like treating us like a trained animal who does tricks and you can’t wait to show your friends.
When I was 12 I met a guy called Tim my sports club was sponsoring his trip to the Paralympics, yes he was amazing in the worked his ass off in his chosen field way not the got out of bed and dressed himself way. He went on to make Australia proud in a vast array of sports again not as a “poor disabled” but as an amazing Olympian period full stop.
As a small child I had a cousin Barbie she was born with the severest case of cerebral palsy the doctors had ever seen. She could nothing for herself but her IQ tested off the charts, she communicated with her eyes and emotions and those of us who loved her understood her.
Since I myself have become disabled and a wheelchair user almost 8 years ago I have met the most amazing people from a beautiful genius young woman with cerebral palsy whose chutzpah will kick your ass to prima ballerinas with wheels under their ass who can speak 12 dead languages and as many live ones perfectly who when the moment the dance begins moves with the grace of pavlova or dame Margot Fonteyn and you stop seeing the wheels and so many more great people who just get shit done and don’t complain and by the way are missing a limb or are paraplegic and they’re just a sample.
It’s ok to show the daredevils like wheelz fotheringham and otter bailey we have all heard of them because of their feats of daring do, or the Jesse bilauers who through their philanthropy make people’s lives so much better but remember there are a another couple of millions of us who just go to work we teach we run businesses we serve, we have families and we pay taxes and folks that is the real wow factor.
They do it, they don’t have any fanfare they do it because, well the shit just has to get done and it won’t do itself sound familiar? Yes they’re just like you they have bills they have people who depend on them and they take it seriously so next time you want to get excited about something don’t choose the dare devil doing the triple flip choose the father, the mother, the everyday family who despite the disability the diagnosis from birth live life to the fullest and get up every day and just get life done.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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