We were talking – Conversations between disabled people

Its been a long time since i trained a group of disabled people.

Promoting the disability equality duty seems to be the preserve of council workers these days. If they can get the training without the involvement of disabled people they will. Its cheap and not very taxing for the mind. And whilst all this goes down the keepers of the flame, we disabled people, are increasingly marginalised. There you go a brilliant economic model of disability. Celebrate.

it was nice.

It was good.

To be training a group of disabled people again. This was a BME Group. A group that wants to set up radio programmes. I saw my role as being about opening up the issues, identifying areas that would make good programmes, to reveal the dilemmas that they may have in presenting open radio talk shows.

I think i was knocked out by the group from the very first icebreaker. Straight away whilst they may not have known it they were identifying programmes of interest but when we got into the first disability is exercise that’s when my breath was really taken away. A more clear insight into disability and the consequence of understanding it in terms of discrimination based on impairment i have never seen nor heard. A man in the circle had the capacity to distil his ideas down into two words. A woman in the circle needed more words. She knew so much and was just bursting to get it out.

Within 20 minutes we had defined the problem, understood the solution and developed strategies for taking it forward. My role now was to keep the conversations open, keep the ideas flowing bring others into the stream, build. grow, change.

A brilliant day. I’m glad it happened.

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