|Posted by Newcastle Society for Blind People on June 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM|
Here is our first blog for our refreshed website. We hope to get a lot of variety in these blogs and, in particular, to highlight the creative writing talent of people who use our services but for this one you will have to put up with me!
Its been announced that Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star “ from “Songs in the Key of Life” is going to be used as the BBC’s theme music at the World Cup . Stevie is one of the few people on the planet who truly deserve the label genius redefining much of black music almost single handedly in the early 70s. Innervisions is simply my favourite ever album. But playing it again last weekend after watching a spiffy BBC Alba documentary on him it made me think about how people see Stevie. Some people will say that he is successful despite his impairment, others might say that it’s because his impairment took away other worldly distractions that allowed his talent to shine through and mature fully.
And then, there’s a third view - people who see his musical talent as some sort of “compensation “ for him being born blind. There is an expectation that visually impaired people must have some extraordinary gift to “make up “for their impairment and, by implication, to make them useful to society. This view is hardly new – there have been numerous examples through literature from Tiresias in Greek mythology to Marvel Comics’ Daredevil. But in post Paralympics Britain there seems to be a disconcerting “What’s your super power then? “ attitude when talking to disabled people from some that needs balancing.
And that is why the Society is committed to be part of a campaign that will be organised over the next year or so to look at a positive image of disabled people - a “not all of us are superhuman but we are all human - so take another look at us” message. Already the CU Wednesday have come up with some cracking pithy statements to use in this campaign and we want Society members – especially those who have never seen themselves as campaigners before - to get involved . Just telling the story of your daily life could be enough to give some people valuable insight into what being impaired means and when that becomes a disability. So , look for more information about how you might take part in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, it’s Brazil or Box Sets for the next two weeks – enjoy!!!