- Gary Murning
- United Kingdom
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Do the media, charities and disability rights activists—however unintentionally—present a damaging view of what it is to be "disabled"?
I'm very interested in the problems surrounding "disability identity". There are a couple of reasons this.
Firstly, I have been physically "disabled" since birth and have pretty much always had difficulty identifying with the various "models" of disability presented to me. The "them and us" mentality, the central divisiveness of the attitudes of some (whether they be "able-bodied" or "disabled"), have concerned me for many years.
Also, it interests me from a creative point of view. I'm a novelist and with my next project I hope to explore in more detail the various myths and fallacies surrounding the notion of identity—with special attention on "disability".
One of my main areas of focus for this piece of work will be the danger of good intentions—how, in fighting for the rights of certain individuals, we marginalise and, in some cases, stigmatise those involved.
This is intended as a broad, open question. Please feel free to explore and develop as you wish.