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Fiona Jarvis

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Style & disability should not be mutually exclusive

If you're disabled people assume your sense of style is no longer important e.g. disability equipment designers & manufacturers think we like 'grey' and purely functional design. They also assume we have no money to pay for premium products.

Smart, trendy places assume we don't want too visit so don't pay attention to disabled access & facilities. If they have them they are rarely shown on their websites

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  • Oct 8 2013: Okay, what would I know But i hope you can improvise and overcome.
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      Oct 8 2013: I will but it's not so easy for others!
      • Oct 9 2013: True but
        I am always curious More than that I wish you and everyone the best.
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      Oct 10 2013: I’m skilled in the art of the work around and have an artistic touch, be sadly many do not. (in fact it is frustrating how many people believe people with disability are “only” good for creating folk art, one has nothing to do with the other)

      I hope people will start dismissing to preconceived ideas of the disabled, and to be blunt improvising does get old.

      George, thank you for your curiosity and best wishes. it is so much easier to express and share desires with people have a open door to new views of this world.
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        Oct 10 2013: Don, you are right, of course, that creativity and physical disability have nothing to do with each other. Have you truly run into an assumption to the contrary?

        Are you familiar with this: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/artistsdis/
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          Oct 10 2013: This is a little tricky to describe, but I’ll give a try.
          My disability goes unnoticed most of the time, so somewhat uniquely I can see how people interactions with me chance when they learn of my disability. And I have to prove I’m still the same person and capable of doing my job, being sociable and charitable, with no desire to not be productive and be on charity. But when it comes to art, I have yet to see an assumption that I can’t do art.

          I think in the work place issue come from people being uncomfortable around the handicap, unfair costly on the health care system, or with unemployment the way it is I have gotten the feeling that the disable are taking away jobs form the able body.
          Not any different than what Chinese, Irish, women, and Mexican Americans have gone throw.
          Consider this “equal pay for equal work” excludes the handicap.

          So I wish people would accept disabled doctors, accountants, managers, etc. as easily as they do disabled artist.

          I’m sure I gave a good answer, I hope I did.

          P.S. thanks for the link, that is a interesting site.
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        Oct 10 2013: Okay, I misunderstood. I thought you had said above that people do not easily accept the disabled artist.

        I can see that you would have unique insight into people's response to disability in your workplaces.I cannot remember ever hearing anyone question a disabled person's ability to do a job the person was in. The only possible exceptions were a couple of people who were absent perhaps 50% of days (in which case the record of absences rather than the cause drew concerns about reliability) and the sharing of the need to speak loudly and clearly because of a colleague's hearing impairment. Otherwise never.
      • Oct 11 2013: Thank you I eventually learn more.

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