Scope

Feb. 16th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Almost as soon as I'd posted that tweet, I remembered that the nice man from Scope, the disability charity, had asked for a landscape picture to go with the blog post he was doing about me.

Unsurprisingly, I've done everything back-to-front because I was on TV first, and signed up to tell my story and be a media volunteer (someone they could call if someone asks for registered blind people or people in Manchester or whatever other category I might fall into) only afterwards.

So after Christmas the guy I've been chatting to from Scope, a friendly dude called Phil, called me up and asked me a bunch of questions and then was left with the unenviable tasks of typing that all up and writing it into a linear narrative. We went all through me emigrating here, the Shoe-Tying Occy Health Cowbag story that the BBC people had liked so much, trying to claim benefits, the intersection of disability and immigration status, all kinds of things.

Last night I saw they'd posted this...with the picture I'd just taken, and a couple more I'd sent (the bottom one is me showing off the NASA t-shirt JT got me for Christmas, so it's no fair them cropping it as viciously as they did!).

It's pretty good -- a few quibbles with the narrativd but they're most likely down to me not being as clear as I'd like to. And I'm kind of annoyed that all my terrible speech mannerisms have survived intact -- I appreciate that most people will find it easier to tell than write their stories, but I'd much prefer to write.

But when I said this on Facebook, a friend said "I was just thinking how like you it sounds -- in a good way. I like your way of framing things. It's a good article, pointing out what you weren't sure of, and how awkward it is to challenge fail when it is you in a vulnerable position employment and power wise." And this coming from someone whose disability activism I admire and which had among other things personally helped me very much, this is especially nice to hear.

The day before the Scope people asked if I'd talk on LBC (a radio version of tabloids, though of course that isn't how they described it to me!). I only had a minute, literally, so it wasn't that interesting except that the presenter told me they'd also asked people to call in with positive stories about employment while disabled and not. one. person. did. Afterward the nice Scope lady called me back, said I'd been brilliant, and finished with "national radio! that's pretty good!" and I was nice and didn't say "dear, I was on Woman's Hour once, that's better than talking to Iain Dale."

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Date: 2017-02-17 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Oh that Scope piece is very good! Among other things, you speak very directly and clearly so it's easier for everyone to understand your experience.

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Date: 2017-02-18 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] malmo58
"dear, I was on Woman's Hour once, that's better than talking to Iain Dale."

Got to love Radio 4 and Jenni Murray!

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Date: 2017-02-16 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] barakta
It is useful to remember most of these things happen with limited advance notice so it's very much off the cuff without enough time to plan properly. You will always thing of things after the event that you wish you had said but you did much more than "good enough". It is multiple slices they're after and yours is a little bit different and the shoelace story is obvious even to non disableds as an awful, patronising, fucky thing to do.

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