the best thing about being disabled?
can't think of anything good about being disabled! I get it on life
and am very happy, but I would imagine that I could have an even better
time if I could hear without hearing aids, see properly without glasses,
ride a bike, climb a tree etc - things most people take for granted.
makes you angry?
would say I'm calm almost all of the time - I rarely get angry. Frustrated
sometimes, like when the computer crashes in the middle of something
important, but I don't really get angry!
the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to you about your impairment?
And have you any good putdowns?
there's always someone who comes out with "What are you - deaf?!"
Which of course I reply "Yes, you fool".
you were Prime Minister what one thing would you do to improve things
for disabled people?
enable them to run their own business, or have a job that they were
happy in. Make their own money, feel good about themselves. Most people
can do most things if they try.
the one thing that could be invented to make your life as a disabled
I'm profoundly deaf, practically blind in one eye and have mild cerebral
palsy, so choosing one thing is difficult. Something to enable me to
hear perfectly, without hearing aids would be best, I guess. I can't
wear hearing aids when I'm sleeping, or swimming, or having a shower
etc., it would be safer if I could hear at these times.
do you most like about running your own business?
in control. My business is internet-based, so I can work from anywhere
with an internet connection, anytime. I like being able to decide my
own hours - I can work late and have the morning off, or work at the
weekend and take Monday off, or whatever. I don't need to fit in with
the traditional 9 to 5 way of life, which I imagine is very restricting
to some people. It enables me to attend College too, which is great.
what do you not like about it?
proper holidays. Unless I pay someone to do the work for me, which I
would prefer not to do! So if I do go on holiday I end up having to
work. I have never had more than four days off in a row. And my laptop
and iphone have to come everywhere with me.
your favourite disabled person ever?
think everyone is disabled in some way - maybe physically, sensory,
mentally, or socially, but most people don't class themselves as disabled.
So I'll say Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Stephen Hawkings, Albert Einstein,
Thomas Edison, Lord Nelson - the usual geniuses. I'd also have to say
my mum, who's quite mad.
you have any special or hidden talent?
you didn’t have your impairment, which other one would you like
to have for a day?
Syndrome. I still live at home and I'm not allowed to swear...
would you sum yourself up in ten words or less?
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