Paralympics: Some are only watching to get the gory details of how athletes acquired their impairments
It finally happened about two seconds into the opening ceremony intro show. I’d been feeling iffy for a few days but Jon Snow finally made the inevitable happen: Abuse of the word “inspirational” triggered my gag reflex.
The inclusion of learning disabled athletes and their presence in the games marks a watershed moment in the changing of attitudes, but there’s still a long way to go.
As a woman with a disability, I think it is great how this country has become so excited about the Paralympics and collectively discovered that disabled people can do things.
Last night the ITV Tonight programme led the way with a documentary looking at the rise if disability hate crime, press propaganda and palpable apathy on the issue.
“Do you have the potential to return to work?” states Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment. It seems a very reasonable question, and when the idea of Employment Support Allowance was initially mooted during the mid noughties at a time of high employment and economic boom it was an admirable aim.
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