Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which this year has the theme ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’. As the Students with Disabilities officer, I thought I would share my experiences of being disabled in an ableist world.
In August 1983, I was almost five years old, and I started school, but unlike my classmates I could not write my own name. I could not write it due to a learning disability called dyspraxia. This meant coordinating the pencil was impossible for me.