bit of a rant I need to get out/'preaching to the converted'... sorry!
basically what seems to me this 'wrong/misunderstood/shown in the media' idea about what having a disability means... "disabled= you CANT do AT ALL/AT ALL TIMES" whilst it often is more of an "cant always/cant do as much/have to do things differently" thing-(that's why I so prefer the old 'handicapped'...)- is driving me nuts!!!
recently on the news " benefit frauding girl did parachute jump and went dancing"- which to me does not necessarily equal/proves 'fraudster'-
from the pics it looked like she did a 'strapped to another person' parachute jump- and peops with all sorts of 'bonafide' disabilities have been known to do that...
dancing- I remember being v v v surprised when at some point in my 'darker days' at a friend's party (which I'd gotten 'dragged out to') I realized I could dance for longer than I could walk (neither was poss for 'long'- I'd managed dancing to 3 tunes before needing sitting down rest)-
later on I realized there were quite some differences between dancing that night and normal walking...
the floor was giving/bouncing wood- streets and pavements are unforgiving, schock bringing 'concrete'
walking is very repetitive movement- 'free style' dancing is not
loud, structured, rhythmic soundwaves (aka music
) seem to help my proprioception (like seeing/eye sight can...)- street noises on the other hand can really startle me, seem able to mess with my proprio
party was a 'safe environment' - I didnt have to use brain power/concentration on watching out for speeding, swerving cars, bikes, pedestrians, holes/cracks to stumble over in the road/pavement etc etc (also had friends looking out for me)- so I was able to put all my concentration into just moving
and... arent peops/media aware that all peops with disabilities are urged to do exercises
... to help them improve or at least stop/hold off deteriorating...
yet when maybe someone found a way to exercise - dancing- they scream "fraudster! not disabled!"
(and never mind that if for example you have 'hand disabilities'... that wont get all too much in the way of dancing...)
and... what about PARALYMPICS