"To Act = to perform / to take action"
Carrick On Shannon, CO, Ireland
female, age 38
Community Drama Facilitator
Speaks: English, Irish Gaelic
Joined Feb 23, 2004
What I Want to Do:
Disability - Access,
Affirmative Action - Pro,
Immigration Control - Against,
Indigenous Peoples Rights,
Music - Concerts,
Listening to Music,
Needlepoint / Sewing / Weaving,
Books - Collecting,
Theater - Attending,
Games - Puzzles,
Games - Roleplaying
ThisAbility: a missing link on Care2!
ThisAbility: a Care2 group to fill a gap!
I noticed when I first set up my Care2 page that there was no option for "disability" or "accessibility" in the list of supported causes. This is unfortunate, but not unexpected.
Disability and people with disabilities are massively unrepresented and largely invisible in mainstream culture and media, except occasionally as a token or cypher. This is how it has been in the past and present for many disenfranchised groups.
Yet it is vital that a fair and inclusive society embraces physical, sensory and mental diversity: let us not forget that Hitler's project of eugenics included wiping out people with disabilities! (as well as Jews, communists, gay people, gypsies and many others).
In particular, an on-line community resource like Care2 should include people with disabilities. People with disabilities overwhelmingly state that access to the internet has vastly improved their quality of life - and that's with a huge portion of the internet remaining INaccessible to people (like myself) with visual impairment (or mobility impairments).
But I do not wish to proselitise! (did I speel that right?!). I have set up a Care2 group called ThisAbility: http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ThisAbility
It is open to people of all abilities who are interested in disability-related issues; access, identity, culture, sharing experience, resources, information...
The group was founded by myself and Felix Ford; we come from a position of the social model of disability. This means an approach which believes that disability is a function of society's lack of inclusion and accessibility for people with different physical, sensory and mental needs. The social model was created in response to the medical model, which states that disability is the result of some physical deficit or deformity or other abnormality on the part of the person with disabilities.
||Feb 23, 2004
||Meeting Friends, Dating, Professional Connections, Support a Cause
|Group Host of
||Cora Droma Ruisc
Aug 11, 1977
||I love the life of the mind and the heart. I believe in human beings and the tenacity of life on earth.
||Introduce yourself to Isolde
1 new guide-dog,
1 retied guide-dog
|Wild Fact About Me
||I have nine tattoos and I play the harp
||Life is infinite potential; our imagination continually creates the universe
|What Gives Me Hope
||The eternal turning of the seasons
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||Close down all the banks
|What/who changed my life and why
||My guide-dog Quasi, because she gives me real independence and unconditional love
|What Bugs Me
Lack of consideration
animals minerals and vegetables,
friends and family
dreams and ideas,
stories poems and songs,
The natural world
|What Scares Me
Dr. kathleen Lynn,
Geraldine Plunkett Dillon (my great-gran,
||Fiction is about truth, not about facts (Virginia Woolf)
Books - Author,
Mythology / Folklore,
too many to list!
20th century composers,
whatever you're having yourself!
Lord of the Rings,
Rocky Horror Picture Show,
Smack the Pony,
|Can't Live Without
my dogs and cats,
||Introduce yourself to Isolde