If you thesaurus’d (not good English) the word Disabled.
This is what you get…
Disabled, (adjective) crippled, helpless, useless, wrecked, stalled, maimed, run-down, worn-out, weakened, impotent, castrated, paralysed, handicapped, senile, decrepit, *laid up, *done up, *done in, *cracked up, *counted out
Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity
The video is a handy 22 minutes long… and as with the article last week, we don’t insist you watch it all. The clip describes the way the terms ‘disability’ ‘healthcare’ and ‘mobility’ have been given negative connotations. Her point is that the use of language has not caught up with society and its changing views, as well as the ever-changing technologies that impact on, give freedom to and empower people with disabilities.
Advances in technologies such as lightweight folding wheelchairs, rise and recliner chairs, power chairs and prosthetics have all changed the outlook for folk with disabilities. Therefore the vocabulary associated with disability should really have developed. Alas, this is not the case.
As a company we have experienced another wave of negativity during the last four years. The industry has earned a bad reputation because companies have taken advantage of customers. Online businesses have come in for heavy criticism over issues of customer service and pricing.
As a result it seems all too easy to become doubly negative about this situation. People rarely take the positives out of situations or circumstances. So as a company we have decided to make a bigger effort to be positive (not in an annoyingly hippy way just in a way which fairly reflects the particular landscape in which we find ourselves).
They say a double negative makes a positive. Fenetic is determined to be a positive.
In house news…
Tom laughed at this:
Nat laughed at Tom when she caught him singing a Norah Jones song (the song was ‘come away with me’)
Al laughed at Nat whilst trying to force feed her chocolate cookies despite her diet.
Greame broke a wheelchair and then some wind… in Als office. (Brotherly love, perhaps not)
All in all it has been a good week.