Stella Young. BY STELLA YOUNG Last week, the Victorian Government released Reporting it Right, a handy little instruction manual to tell us the right words to use when we’re talking about disabled people. Or is it people with disabilities? People with disability? People with a disability? I’m sure you know what I mean – us freaky looking/sounding/behaving people that make everyone so uncomfortable. It’s a good thing there are rules now. There’s nothing like spelling out the dos and don’ts to make people even more anxious... more
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Stella Young is a disability activist, comedian, obsessive knitter and the Editor of ABC Ramp Up.
Stella Young by STELLA YOUNG Every four years when the Olympics and subsequent Paralympics make their way into our lounge rooms, we have an old, familiar conversation. People suddenly get taken with this idea that we should run both events at the same time, and if we did that then disabled people would be equal. It's as though they notice disability inequality for the first time, and they are outraged, dammit. "People with disabilities are just as important!" they cry. "They shouldn't... more
by STELLA YOUNG I don't know Scott Hamilton personally but that guy is really starting to burn my crumpets. You've heard of him, I'm sure. He's the one who said "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." You know, that quote that's plastered all over pictures of disabled people doing completely normal things and shared far and wide on social media. Hamilton is a figure skater who has had cancer more than once and has survived after lots of treatment. Good for him. Although how it qualifies him to make such a bold sweeping... more
“Good Monging.” This was a tweet from Ricky Gervais last month. The reaction was swift and angry. The public were not happy and disability groups were up in arms. Gervais insisted that the word “mong” had evolved and was no longer associated with Down Syndrome nor used as a term of hate against people with disabilities,. And then he defiantly used it again. And again. I understand why people get worked up about language. Really, I do. What we say and how we refer to people shapes what we think of them, just as what we... more