The 'cripple' suffragette... and four more finds
- 16 May 2014
Five thought provoking disability articles and blogs from around the world, as discovered in the past seven days.
A video of an Egyptian table tennis player went viral this week. Double arm amputee Ibrahim Hamato is seen giving the world's best a run for their money while holding the bat in his mouth. Disabled people on Twitter found the media's response to the video to be a bit over-enthusiastic with the inspiration angle.
But others just marvelled at the strength of Hamato's neck and jaw muscles.
When we read about Billinghurst on a women's cycling sight this week, it felt like a good time to remember her story. A prominent member of the Women's Social and Political Union in her lifetime, she decorated her hand propelled, three-wheeled tricycle with coloured WSPU ribbons and "Votes for Women" banners. She was thrown out of it at a protest by police, who removed and sabotaged it.
Billinghurst retaliated by using the trike as a battering ram during future direct actions. She spent nine months in prison for the cause. She died in 1953.
A new vibrating spoon claims to make it 70% easier for people with tremors to get messy food, like cereal or soup, from bowl to mouth. The clever cutlery automatically turns itself on when lifted up. If the hand that's holding it shakes to the right, it counteracts it by moving to the left. The stabilising technology, like that used in film cameras, is all in the handle.
The inventor Anupam Pathak tells NPR reporter Ena Jaffe that he plans to add attachments like a key holder and a small object grabber soon, so that it becomes a "Swiss army knife" for people whose hands shake.
Lucy Britton writes in stark terms on her blog about how the illness affects her and her family. Her "brain fog" has resulted in the blogger "telling my son to put the dog's bowl in the washing machine" and "the washing in the dog".
She says: "I have more pills than you could find at a rave, to tackle specific types of pain, and live with hot water bottles permanently attached at several points of my body." Britton also writes about depression, allergies and the most well-known symptom, extreme fatigue.
An individual learning plan, ILP, is a list of recommended reasonable adjustments sent to your course by the disability support service at university.
PsychConfessions, a blogger, explains here what happened when her teachers didn't agree she needed the adjustments she asked for. She explains this caused her stress and embarrassment.