14 comments on “Disability on TV.

  1. As a kid, I remember HATING any book, movie or TV show that I felt had been dumbed down for me. And if your child is sensitive enough to be disturbed by the sight of a person with a disability, then it’s probably a sign that he or she is ready to learn about it!

    • I couldn’t agree more… kids are usually a lot smarter than (some) adults give them credit for but, as I say, I think the majority of parents “get” this — remembering, as you do, how they felt as children themselves.

      Thanks for the comment, Toni ;)

  2. In the early 1980s I, in my electric wheelchair, wearing my Milwaukee spinal brace, appeared for eight weeks on the Yorkshire television children’s programme Book Tower.

    Video clips! Clips or it didn’t happen.:D

  3. Your link to the article doesn’t work (though I think I’ve already seen it, you linked it in a tweet or something.)

    Pretty much irrelevant to your post, but I have to say that your avatar (or at least, the old one, I think you’ve changed it recently) has always reminded me of Stephen Hawking because of the slight tilt of your head. I figure it was just coincidental due to the camera angle, but now I wonder whether it has something to do with your disability.

    I have cerebral palsy, the most obvious symptom of which is that I walk rather strangely. My mum tells me that people sometimes stare at me, and that offends her. I’ve never noticed it myself though. Most people don’t mention it, I don’t know whether they’re afraid it would be impolite to ask what’s wrong or they just aren’t particularly interested in the precise name of the disability (I wouldn’t be interested either.) Other people assume it’s a temporary injury and ask soon after they meet me what happened.

    There was one guy who was convincing himself he was in love with me (though in my opinion we didn’t know each other very well) who never asked and then one day it came to light that he had just assumed it was ALS or something along those lines. That was weird. I wonder if the whole thing was just a nurturing instinct brought on by my presumed fatal illness.

    • Thanks for spotting the dead link, Angela. Fixed, now.

      Stephen Hawking… LOL… and there the similarity ends! :) Yes, you are quite right to guess that the tilt of my head is related to my disability. I have a scoliosis — partially corrected by a spinal fusion — and the tilt of my head pretty much compensates for the curve in my spine.

      I tend to find that people feel quite comfortable asking me about my disability once they get to know me — those that feel they need to, that is. As I’m sure you can understand, my disability is quite severe (though thankfully, if my specialists are to be believed, unlikely to be life limiting!), so it’s fairly obvious, and, yes, it’s not something I find myself talking about all that often. I’m happy to explain the details when necessary but after 42 years with the condition it’s not exactly at the top of my list of conversational priorities LOL

      Nurturing instinct… LOL. You know, I think one time it went the other way for me. In my teens, I knew a girl who, it turned out, had a cousin with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The appearance of my condition can be quite similar to Duchenne but, of course, there was a significant difference that I didn’t feel I could point out at the time. I was young and it just seemed too tactless. We’d been getting quite friendly and then suddenly she started putting rather more distance between us. I tried to find out what the reason was but she wouldn’t discuss it.

      Taught me a few valuable lessons — one of them being to always make sure people know that my condition isn’t progressive!

  4. Hi, Gary

    We’re missing that Distinguished & Thoughtful Northern wRiter on Archie’s BBC Quiz

    Your obedient servant etc

    G Eagle

  5. I think that’s just weird. It would never occur to me to complain about that. In fact, it wouldn’t have occurred to me that anyone else would either.

    Sleep problems due to seeing a disabled person? I seriously doubt that. If it were to happen, I think it would more likely be a result of the parents’ (over)reaction.

    And I don’t understand anyone feeling “forced to discuss disability with their children before they are ready.” Before they’re ready? Good grief! We’re not talking about shagging here! LOL

    Sorry for the rant. It just… The Stupid! I burns! :lol:

    • It is stupid — but what really bothers me is the really generalised tone to the article. It seems to blow it massively out of proportion, making out that all parents are like that when, in reality, the vast majority actually very sensible and responsible. There are plenty of stupid people about but this woman, for me, came pretty close to tarring everyone with the same brush. That doesn’t do anyone any favours.

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