Disabled My Arse!
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by TippyScarecrow on Youtube.
“Despite being a paralympian and having competed in a very public arena as a disabled athlete, many people still do not believe I am disabled. This is largely due to misunderstanding of impairments and how the multitude of ways they can effect people. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type 3. This is a collagen disorder. Collagen is everywhere in your body and is what holds it all together. It causes my joints to dislocate, effects working of some organs, repair of skin, and causes pain and fatigue. It is not something that can be seen externally. The only visible indicators of my impairment are the aids I use to help me be more mobile. I use these when I need to. They are not permanently attached to me. Sometimes people see me in a wheelchair, sometimes they see me walk about. Some people find this confusing. What they see does not fit with their assumptions about disabled people. Instead of accepting what they see, or even trying to find out more about something they don’t know, they choose to pass judgement. Sometimes unkind words are spoken. This film was inspired by words I overheard a neighbor saying about me…”