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Isolde C.

"To Act = to perform / to take action"

Carrick On Shannon, CO, Ireland
female, age 40
Community Drama Facilitator
Speaks: English, Irish Gaelic
Joined Feb 23, 2004
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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:
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.
Personal Professional Contact Singles
Joined Feb 23, 2004 Activist Aspirations Rabid 
Here for Meeting Friends, Dating, Professional Connections, Support a Cause 
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Hometown Cora Droma Ruisc 
Birthday Aug 11, 1977  
Languages English, Irish Gaelic  
About Me I love the life of the mind and the heart. I believe in human beings and the tenacity of life on earth.
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Pets 1 kitten, 1 cat, 1 new guide-dog, 1 retied guide-dog  
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Atheist Pagan  
Eating Habits Vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me I have nine tattoos and I play the harp
My Philosophy 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 inaccessible websites, self-serving politicians, Unnecessary bureaucracy, inequality, injustice, Lack of consideration  
Passions laughing, thinking, physical existence, creativity, animals minerals and vegetables, friends and family  
Inspirations conversation, dreams and ideas, stories poems and songs, human beings, The natural world  
What Scares Me pain, poverty, violence  
Role Models Augusto Boal, Marlene Deitrich, Dr. kathleen Lynn, Geraldine Plunkett Dillon (my great-gran, Sappho, Virginia Woolf, Hypacia  
Quotation Fiction is about truth, not about facts (Virginia Woolf)
Interests Agriculture, Wildlife, Anthropology, Linguistics, Libraries, Apparel, Archaeology, Art/Design, Artifacts/Traditional Pieces, Biodiversity, Books - Author, Mythology / Folklore, Music, MicroNations, Community Development, Counseling, Crafts, Phil  
Books too many to list!  
Music Independent, Alternative, Electronic, "World", Latin-American, Irish traditional, 20th century composers, Early Music, Baroque, Impressionist, whatever you're having yourself!  
Movies Moulin Rouge, Equilibrium, Lord of the Rings, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Libertine, Cabaret, Session 9, Sin City, Desparado  
TV Shows Mitchell &amp, Webb, Smack the Pony, Frasier, Heroes, Firefly, House, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Babylon 5, Yes Minister, Red Dwarf  
Favorite Foods Pesto, mushrooms, Parmezan cheese, hoummus, Marmite, chocolate  
Favorite Places Co. Leitrim, Co. Kerry  
Can't Live Without joy, beauty, my dogs and cats, Talking books, friends, birdsong, tea  
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