Disabled My Arse!

Despite being a paralympian and having competed in a very public arena as a disabled athlete, many people still do not believe I am disabled. This is largely due to misunderstanding of impairments and how the multitude of ways they can effect people. Like many disabled people I have a number of impairments and not all of them can be seen externally. Sometimes the only visible indicators of my impairment are the aids I use to help me be more mobile. I use these when I need to. They are not permanently attached to me. Sometimes people see me in a wheelchair, sometimes they see me walk about. Some people find this confusing. What they see does not fit with their assumptions about disabled people. I am often judged, and feel scrutinised. Instead of accepting what they see, or even trying to find out more about something they don’t know, they make assumptions. This judgement of ‘fakers’ and ‘scroungers’ is encouraged by our government. Sometimes unkind words are spoken. This film was inspired by words I overheard a neighbor saying about me…
This film has been archived in the BFI catalogue of films made by disabled film makers, and has been screened at the Together Film Festival.