Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014: Disablism Is Everywhere
I know, it’s that time of year again. Blogging Against Disablism Day.
I did remember on time. How could I forget? I love this day. I love this event and everything it symbolises.
Because I live with my disability every single day. In my adult life, in my professional life, I blog against disablism every single day.
Usually on this day of the year, I share a piece of my original writing with you. Don’t worry, as it turns out, this year is no different.
But this year, the piece is inspired by a sad thought, and the recent sad events in New Malden. It’s called Disablism Is Everywhere.
Disablism Is Everywhere
When I first met the Internet,
I had a favourite site.
It was called Ouch, it was run by the BBC,
And I quickly realised it was always right.
It told me many stories
And helped me tell many more
It invented many funny phrases,
One of which I always kept in store.
Disability Is Everywhere, one section would proudly cry
I would always read that section,
And it would always make me laugh,
Even though its initials spelled DIE.
In fact it was on Ouch
That I first discovered BADD
A very good idea
(Puns always did make me glad!)
As I have grown older,
I have discovered that disability is everywhere
In some way, big or small
Even when you think ‘disability can’t be here!’
But I have also found out with sadness,
That if disability is everywhere,
Then so is disablism.
Disablism is the racism and the sexism of ‘us lot’
If you don’t know the concept yet, please add it to your pot
Of concepts, of big and complicated words.
Because disablism is the enemy of disability.
I promise you disablism really does exist
Its not just a word dreamt up by little old me,
Invented out of the mist.
Disablism is the enemy of disability.
Like Voldemort and Harry Potter
Disability is cursed by disablism.
For as long as disability lives, disablism will never DIE.
Disablism does, and will, follow us all everywhere we go,
And this is something we all need to know,
We must all unite, to blog, write, and fight against disablism,
Every single day, until the day we DIE.