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Stella Young, who has died at the age of 32was a passionate, provocative and funny activist for disabled people. I have wanted you for years are 17 things she wanted people to know. I started calling myself a disabled woman, and a crip. A good 13 years after year-old me started saying crip, it still horrifies people. I do it because it's a word that makes me feel strong and powerful. Stella Young, writing a letter to her year-old self. Half of all people with disabilities [in Australia] live near or below the poverty line.
Less than 40 per cent of us participate in the workforce In fact, Australia ranks last among the OECD countries when measured on quality of life for people with disabilities. Stella Young on quality of life for disabled people in Australia. Less than 40 per cent of us participate in the workforce, compared to almost 80 per cent of people who don't have disabilities. I dance as a political statement, because disabled bodies are inherently political, but I mostly dance for all the same reasons anyone else does: because it heals my spirit and fills me with joy.
Stella Young, on dancing and disabled bodies. These images - there are lots of them out there - they are what we call inspiration porn. And I use the term porn deliberately because they objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people.
Stella Young in a TEDx talk about how disabled people are portrayed as 'inspirational'. In this case, we're objectifying disabled people for the benefit of non-disabled people. But what if you are that person? That quote, 'the only disability in life is a bad attitude', the reason that's bullshit is No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. No amount of standing in the middle of a bookshelf and radiating a positive attitude is going to turn all those books into braille. Stella Young on how 'inspiration porn' gets it wrong.
It makes life hard for us. Smiling at a television screen isn't going to make closed captions appear for people who are deaf. I don't think the question is whether or not Australia can afford to do this. It's how much longer can we afford not to. It's not about people like me who currently live with disabilities, it's about all of those who might in the future. Are we a country who will pay 80 cents a day to ensure that all of us can participate?
Or are we a country who'll bury our collective he in the sand so we don't have to talk about it? I want to live in a world where we don't have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.
Stella Young on what society should expect from disabled people. It doesn't matter how we got like this.
If you're just sitting next to one of us on the train, or taking our order at a cafe, you don't actually need to know. Stella Young on one of the things she wants the ambulant to understand about wheelchair users. Just because we are hanging out with a non-disabled person doesn't mean they are a carer. Disabled people have friends, partners, kids, parents, siblings and families just like everyone else.
Stella Young delivers another lesson to the ambulant. Disabled people are not nice and grateful all the time; we get pissed-off when things don't go our way, just like everyone else. Stella Young on Oscar Pistorius's murder charge and disabled role models.
Your kids are going to stare. And that's perfectly okay If you tell them not to stare, or discourage them from asking questions because you think it might upset us, you're teaching them that looking different is something to be ashamed of. It's not. Stella Young on how to react if your kids stare at a disabled person. And that's perfectly okay. When you look different to everyone else they've ever seen, kids will naturally stare.
There's no need to be embarrassed about it or consider it bad behaviour. Kids are interested in anything that's different to the norm. I've been an atheist for a long time - ever since I first heard that there was only a stairway to heaven. Stella Young speaks at the Global Atheist Convention.
While [Peter Singer] may see value in the life I have wanted you for years living now, and may even treat me as an equal, he still believes that on the balance of things, parents and doctors should be given the choice to end lives like mine before they get tricky. For me, and for many other people with disabilities, it's personal. Stella Young responds to philosopher Peter Singer's view that parents should be given the choice to have their disabled babies killed after they are born.
We get so few opportunities to publicly and raucously celebrate our community and the amazing contributions people with disabilities make. The Paralympics are ours. Hands off. Stella Young on why the Paralympics and Olympics should not be integrated. But it also echoes the myth that disabled people want to be other than what we are - that we'd like nothing more than to be "allowed in" with the able-bodied competitors I promise to grab every opportunity with both hands, to say yes as often as I can, to take risks, to scare myself stupid, and to have a shitload of fun.
Stella Young writes a letter to her year-old self. I can't tell you for certain that you and I will ever meet. Perhaps that thing I always say flippantly, usually with a third glass of wine in my hand — that I'm here for a good time not a long time — perhaps that's true. I've never thought I was going to die young. But I'm aware, sometimes painfully so, that there are people who do.
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