I want to discuss a disorder that afflicts me. Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) will eventually leave the person afflicted with severe socioeconomic and medical restrictions. And because of this many people with FA are constantly subjected to stereotypes, as losers. We are unfairly harassed, and our abnormal features and functions as a result of the disability doesn’t make our life any easier. Believe me. My experience is that many people – it doesn’t matter what walk of life – believe they know best for an FA suffered and will then apply the stereotype to tell them what they can and can’t do.
Does this sound fair to you? Continue reading “Furthering Mutual Respect: Some Thoughts on Giving Sexuality its Due and Friedreich’s Ataxia”
Mutual obligation was a political buzz-word during Prime Minister Howard’s leadership from 1996-2007. Let me be frank, when we are talking about mutual obligation, the political definition of the term describes it as such: ‘Mutual Obligation is based on a concept that welfare assistance provided, should involve some return responsibilities for the recipient’. Continue reading “Another Hurdle I Must Get Over”
Today I received an email, part of which is copied below:
PDA needs your help!
Last year the Department of Social Services (DSS) decided to fund only population based organisations to provide consultation and advocacy services. This meant organisations like PDA that have memberships based on types of disability received no money to represent you and your specific needs in government consultation processes and disability sector forums.
This year, there is even less money available!
Without a boost to the funding available to disability representative organisations, PDA and its partners in the Disability Australia National Peaks Consortium are likely to go out of business.
Continue reading “How is the peak body for people with disabilities to be funded?”
Please have a read of these.
This will allow one to ask the question: ‘Whose hands are in whose pockets?’. This is very relevant to me and my situation, please get behind it if you can.
‘It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves. Not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.’
This is a quote from Adam Smith, from Wealth of Nations. Smith uses self-interest with self-love, but neoliberals use self-interest with selfishness.
Continue reading “Maintaining the Self-interested Pursuits of Their Hierarchy of Management, and the Highly Redeemed Not-for-profit Agency”