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DOWNism: When You’re not Even Good Enough for Your Own Community, or…The Dark Side of Positive Representation

We have all heard of #RACISM (prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior) and #COLOURISM (prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group). But have you ever … Continue reading DOWNism: When You’re not Even Good Enough for Your Own Community, or…The Dark Side of Positive Representation

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In the end, aren’t we all drifting towards disability?

Too many people still feel uncomfortable around disability. But don't feel bad, sometimes even people with a disability feel that way amongst people with a disability different to theirs. We usually feel like we are walking on eggshells, worried about offending by what we might say or not say for that matter! The fear of … Continue reading In the end, aren’t we all drifting towards disability?

The epitome of hypocrisy: wake up and smell our coffee…

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You tell us, because as my daughter is busy walking through the gates of adulthood and getting a bit more savvy, she is starting to feel like a survivor amongst a world who wish the segment of population she belongs to extinct and yet that same world seems to welcome her with open arms…

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Deaf Awareness Week 2019

@kathleenhumberstone Breaking News: May 9th, 2019 by Denise Humberstone “Sign language made compulsory in all UK educational establishments from nurseries to universities, all government bodies, all work places, all media and entertainment industries starting January 2020 in honour of Deaf Awareness Week!!! The deaf community can’t believe their ears and must have had them burning … Continue reading Deaf Awareness Week 2019

The bodies and faces we should launch 1,000 ships for and fall head over heels in love with!!

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They’re done with clicking their heels in vain and shooting themselves in the foot by not standing tall with both feet on the ground!

Down Syndrome: What are we really afraid of?

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(I gave this presentation when Kathleen and I were invited by the Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down to close their 17th International Conference on Down syndrome, in Barcelona, November 10th, 2017) How do you go about telling your adult child that the world doesn't want more people like him/her? That "It's OK to be different" … Continue reading Down Syndrome: What are we really afraid of?

Actually, thank you Emmerdale…

I believe in healthy debates. I believe we can use Emmerdale's platform, not by shaming them but by using it to highlight everything that needs changing and missing (like an official pathway for women who do decide to carry on with their pregnancy) and addressing one by one all the concerns of expectant parents, and reassure them that those concerns although valid with their current understanding and knowledge of the condition will prove completely futile and unfounded, that in the end, it’s all about love and only love.

From couch potato to 28km in just 4 months. How???

I cried before, during and after. I am just so darn proud of this young woman. Hearts should be made of Spandex because, really, mine has run out of space to store all the love I fell for her and my other 2. All she could say on the way back home in the car, and until she fell asleep, was: Can you believe it? I got my own medal!!

Diverse Talent Agency???

Who is this agency that the fashion and media worlds never thought they would ever need?? After all, Zebedee Management only represent diverse talent. What does that even mean, anyway? I attended their second so-called catwalk show last night in Sheffield. Diversity they say. Well, let’s see: Age? From nought to fifties! Skin colour? You … Continue reading Diverse Talent Agency???