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Blogging Against Disablism Day

It’s Blogging Against Disablism Day. It’s also Multiple Sclerosis Week and the MS Society have published a report called Fighting Back – ordinary people battling the everyday effects of MS on attitudes to MS and disability in general.

Some of the statistics:

The report concludes

MS is unpredictable and, perhaps largely because of this, widely misunderstood. It is different for everyone, and everyone responds to it differently.

But what most with MS have in common is a desire to live as full and active a life as possible before the condition strips more and more choices away from them.

I’m lucky; I travel a lot, do karate, and live a normal life. There’s a lot of ignorance about what MS is. The problem is that it’s different for every person. I was diagnosed in 1999 after I lost my vision in my left eye and the use of my left leg and arm. This is why my dancing is so crap.

Nowadays symptoms are

My mankini allure is, thankfully, unaffected.

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4 Responses to “ Blogging Against Disablism Day ”

Comment by Ian

“There’s a lot of ignorance about what MS is” – very true, and I confess to be one of the ignorant here.

Comment by Gary Miller

Roughly 20% of British adults surveyed think that the disabled should ‘accept they can’t have the same opportunities in life’ and roughly 25% think that ‘bars and nightclubs are not places for people with wheelchairs’?

Must read that report and find out what the actual sample size was. But, regardless of how many people were actually surveyed, I could weep when I read statements/statistics like these.

Just two of the many reasons why BADD 2012 is so important.

Thanks Bruce.

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