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Review of the DisAbled Year 2009

January 2, 2010

Dear Readers

In a poem written exclusively for Same Difference, I revisit some of the highs and lows of 2009 in the world of DisAbility. We’ve made some real progress, don’t you think? Here’s to lots more in 2010!

Review of The DisAbled Year 2009

In January we met Graham Stringer, MP

Who asked whether dyslexia was really a DisAbility

In February we met Cerrie Burnell

For a successful career at the BBC, we wish her well

In March we laid Ivan Cameron to rest

For the next General Election we wish his dad the best

In April we met Susan Boyle

Her dream came true after years of toil

In May we met Christopher Myers

Of playing Boccia he never tires

In June the UK ratified a Convention

For Disability Rights, that hasn’t had enough attention

In July sport said goodbye to Danny Crates

Who once ran races, but never lifted weights

In August Riam Dean won her case

Against Abercrombie and Fitch, not the greatest workplace!

In September Ed Balls planned a review of SEN

We hoped it would happen, but didn’t know when

In October we met Kinder Chocolate’s new face

Isla, 4, who hoped to make the catwalk a disability friendly place

In November we were shipped to a desert island

With Channel 4’s Cast Offs, for sun, sea and sand

In December Geoff Holt set out to face his fear

What a high on which to end a DisAbility friendly year!

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 2:16 am

    Hi Sarah:

    I am enjoying reading your news & views re: life on the farside. I am especially glad to see you bringing needed attention to the issues adults with disabilities face daily, and that we need to become a visible, recognized, and united community.

    I am glad to add your perspectives to the blog roll at, and look forward to updates from you.


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