Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Disability Carnivals and Personal Stories 

The Disability Blog Carnival #4 is happening at Diary of a Goldfish. The carnivals always point to posts by people with different disabilities and view points, so there's something for everyone.

Oh my God, I just spelt 'disability' as 'dissibility' - is that significant? Am I now officially a good speller gone bad? Or is my brain sick of typing out dis-ability and for a moment went with a new word that means the same group of people? Probably a word that doesn't have 'diss' in it would be good if I decided to go with a new word.

Anyway, the good thing about the blog carnival is that I discover new blogs and read old posts. Tonight I read about The Perils of Passing. qw88nb88 writes about people with autism passing as neurotypical, but passing is often discussed by people with RP too.

With RP, 'passing' is when you work to appear sighted, or to appear to be able to see, or to appear as if you don't need to do stuff differently to get the job done. Passing is different to forgetting you can't see, or finding you can't see when usually you can, or forgetting that people know you can't see and that they'll understand if your watch talks or you need to ask who they are.

I'm really conscious that I want to blog about some of this stuff, but that it's not typical blog fare and not my whole life - and also that depending on how far I take it, it's personal.

Not as personal as Lisa's post on her sex life (also worth reading because she talks about how edges are rounded off in autobiographical blogging, just like in real life) but personal all the same.

Very interesting. Makes one sad as well as glad being the person I am.
Have you read the story of Helen Keller (The Story of My Life)? She was left blind and deaf at age one in the late 1880s - yet she was one of the few women to go to college. An amazing, encouraging story. As well as the story of Temple Grandin, Thinking in pictures. She lives with autism and developed most facilities for cows and sheep in the US.

OK, maybe "old heads", but these books really amazed me a lot.
Hi Iris, I haven't read Helen Keller's story but I've read an awful lot of quotes from her in newsletters and on the net! I'm reading 'Planet of the Blind' by Stephen Kuusisto at the moment - I found it in a secondhand bookshop ages ago and have only just picked it up (I dug it out after reading his article about beauty in the Washington Post). I haven't heard of Temple Grandin, so I'll check that out, thanks!
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