Brilliantly written post about how people with hidden disabilities and debilitating chronic illnesses are increasingly viewed here in the UK, and a reminder that we’re all AMAZING human beings. Don’t know about you, but it’s nice to have my struggle just to get dressed every day and slap a smile on my face, despite the pain, exhaustion and sickness, recognized.
This July and August have been a summer of sport in the UK, with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow followed by the European Athletics’ Championships in Swansea. The Glasgow games in particular received a lot of media coverage and a lot has been made of the fact that (unlike other sporting events which host ‘parallel’ events for disabled athletes) the Commonwealth Games integrates disabled and non-disabled events into a single tournament.
Coverage of these games has rekindled talk of the ‘Paralympic legacy’, a phrase in common usage during London 2012. The London Paralympics were predicted to herald a new era for disabled people in this country, validating them as equal and valuable members of society and fostering greater respect for their achievements.
While the Paralympics may indeed have raised the profile of disabled sports, experiences of many disabled people since then – welfare cuts, increased hate crime and the proliferation…
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