Posts tagged ‘disability’

Bookmarked “Queensland's Public Trustee accused of profiting off people who lack capacity to manage own affairs”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-24/queensland-public-trustee-accused-of-profiting-off-people/13183638

“Certainly we see people who have gone in asset-rich and within a couple of years, those assets seem to have been dwindled away on fees and charges, and that's really concerning,” Mr Rowe said.

“We see people who have been surviving on a pension, and managing to save, and have been doing that over a number of years.

“They've then gone under the control of the Public Trustee, and due to the fees and charges, they've ended up with no resources, with no savings.”

Liked “Senator Jordon Steele-John shares his personal story of growing up disabled in Australia”

Original post found at: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/senator-jordon-steele-john-shares-his-personal-story-of-growing-up-disabled-in-australia

I even used to claim that while disability was part of who I was, it did not define me – I’d say that proudly. And then I had this lightbulb moment: What are you saying when you say that? It’s not about whether it defines you; you are defined by society, by it!’ And you can either claim your identity as a member of a group within society that is treated differently because of an impairment and understand the social model of disability – its emphasis on the collective creation of the negative aspects - or you can pretend to yourself that this is an individual thing, that you just get to journey with!

If you don’t know, Greens Senator for WA Jordon Steele-John has cerebral palsy. I found this a really wonderful article, with a lot that I could identify with in it, about his experience growing up disabled in Australia.

For myself, I’ve never wanted to be defined by my disability. I always saw myself as a normal, healthy person that happened to have a body that looked a bit different from most people’s. But as I’ve got older and have realised I’m not capable of the crushing workloads that most professional/salaried jobs require (which TBH I should have clued onto sooner, given I barely had enough energy for school a lot of the time), identification with my disability has kind of been forced upon me.

Bookmarked “Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/13/new-do-not-resuscitate-orders-imposed-on-covid-19-patients-with-learning-difficulties

Completely horrifying.

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