And now, here’s this week’s second anonymous Angry Cripple, who as you’ll see, is none too impressed with the first one

I am an angry cripple. A real one. Not someone who claims they are “crippled by the system” or gets all euphemistic about it.

Who's going to go in to bat for those who really need it? Pic: AFP

I’m an actual cripple. I use a wheelchair for 98 per cent of my waking life. I have physical ‘deformities’, or so the medical profession has told me since I was old enough to understand. I’m one of those people you see on the street that makes you shift uncomfortably in your coat. I’m stared at, I’m patronised, I’m told I don’t belong among you normal people.

But none of these things are the reason that I’m angry. I’m an Angry Cripple today because, usually, I’m a Proud Cripple. I’m well practiced at ignoring the stares, at challenging the patronising tone, at standing my ground in a world that doesn’t welcome me. I’m not alone. We’re a pretty common breed us Proud Cripples. Sometimes people like to call us activists.

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  • pksmum says:

    12:27pm | 02/08/11

    Yep, I agree. My severely disabled daughter is only 5 1/2. We know we have a long road ahead but we want to have a long and happy life with our beautiful girl.  I will be a carer for a long, long time (hopefully!) and in that time WE will… Read more »

  • Jane Wardlaw says:

    11:24am | 16/07/11

    “Disability is not something individuals have.  What individuals have are body functioning limitations or otherwise known as ‘impairments’.  “Disability” is a process.  “Disability” is the process whereby one group design a world without considering those with limited body functions.  Therefore, Disability is a social response that forgets about people with… Read more »


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