Posts tagged ‘disability’

Link: “Covid-19 Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future”

Original post found at: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/covid-19-long-haulers-pandemic-future/619941/

An excellent piece that’s been doing the rounds (for good reason). We talk a lot about the risk of hospitalisation or death from Covid-19, but there isn’t nearly so much discussion in the media of the risk or implications of developing “long Covid” (probably an auto-immune condition, sharing a lot in common with things like ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and POTS). As Victoria follows New South Wales’ lead in admitting we probably can’t eliminate the Delta variant or return to “Covid Zero”, it is really important we don’t play down the risks of contracting Covid, and admit that there are other adverse, permanent consequences that can happen besides dying.

Another part of this article that I appreciated is where it points out the medical establishment already does a really bad job treating, and even researching, existing autoimmune conditions like the ones I mentioned. Cynically I’d suggest that in large part, this comes down to the ruling class trying to cast “under-productivity” as a personal failing to the greatest degree possible and, as such, not something that has to be supported or accommodated by society. They clearly want to do the same for “Long-Covid”; not only must we not let them, but we should turn our indignation in the defence of everyone with other disabilities, as well.

Link: “The Australian-born children the government wants to deport because they have a disability”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-22/australian-government-deporting-children-because-of-disability/100018362

The Department of Home Affairs makes it clear Kayaan’s disability is the only reason the family cannot stay.

In a rejection letter sent last month, it said it estimated Kayaan would cost taxpayers $1.23 million over 10 years, which “would be likely to result in a significant, undue cost to the Australian community in the areas of health care and/or community services”.

This shit makes me absolutely livid! Everyone, Australian citizen or not, should be entitled to the exact same standard of medical care. It is inhuman to be like, “Look, your condition will cost a lot of money for taxpayers like your parents to treat, so we’re going to deport you back to your ‘home country’ where this treatment is not available and let you suffer and maybe die.” And this naked attempt at sowing division:

In a statement, a spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs said not all people with disability were rejected for permanent residency, and individuals were assessed based on the cost to the community and whether it would prejudice the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to services in short supply.

Absolute bullshit. Whose fault is it that services are underfunded so much as to be in “short supply”? Yup, the same government trying to convince us that deporting non-citizen disabled children is a tragic inevitability. It is not a tragic inevitability; it is a deliberate and cruel choice. I fucking hate our government.

Link: “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.”

Link: “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.

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.