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5 hot topics that got you talking this year

December 28, 2016

This year we wanted to get people talking about disability, so we put all topics on the table – here are our most hotly debated blogs from 2016!

This year we decided that we wanted to get people talking – talking about disability and about topics that are often seen as ‘taboo’.

So we decided to put all topics on the table – sex, language, parking permits, and more. And it sure got you guys talking!

As 2016 comes to an end, here are the most hotly debated blogs we posted this year.

1: The disability parking debate

We were blown away by the response to our blog on disability parking – or more specifically, people with a disability being verbally abused, left nasty notes, thrown filthy looks, or having their cars keyed for rightfully parking in a disability space.

Hundreds of people commented on Facebook about their similar experiences – where others had assumed they were ‘rorting’ the system for parking in an accessible spot.

This was often because they weren’t using a wheelchair, or didn’t have a ‘visible disability’ – but in fact 9 out of 10 disabilities are invisible.

What you said…

2: My story living with a disability: Prader-Willi syndrome

One of our most talked about blogs this year was written by our customer, Kate, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

Kate shared how this rare and complex genetic disability means that she has chronic hunger and an obsession with food.

“People with Prader-Willi syndrome have an unsatisfied hunger meaning they always feel hungry. They don’t have the signal that comes from the brain, the light-bulb going on saying, hey you’re full!”, she says.

“I have eaten out of bins before. And being around food in shopping centres is very hard. I have to admit, I have stolen food from shops when I didn’t have any money.”

What you said…

3: 10 things not to say to someone with a disability

We know that it’s not always easy to know what to say to someone with a disability – but no matter how good the intentions, some comments can do more harm than good.

Hands up if anyone with a disability has ever been told, ‘It’s so good to see you out and about!’, or ‘“I know a great doctor/priest, I bet he could fix you.”

From the Facebook comments on our blog, ‘10 things not to say to someone with a disability’, we found that many people were putting their hands up high!

When we posted this article, the conversation sure got rolling with differing opinions of what should be left unsaid.

What you said…

4: Sex and disability: the facts

Talking about sex is often seen as off limits, and even more so when it comes to people with a disability.

But this year we weren’t shying away from this topic, publishing not one but two blogs: Sex and disability: the facts, and Sex and disability: the facts part 2.

People with a disability are often seen as asexual, or even hyper-sexual, and we were out to prove just how wrong that can be.

We know that having a disability doesn’t mean someone can’t enjoy a great sex life – whether it’s a long-term relationship or a fun fling. And by the Facebook comments on our blogs, we found that our online community agreed!

What you said…

5: Let’s end the R-word

Back in March we asked our customers why people should not not use the R-word (retard), and the stories they shared sure got people talking!

When people use the R-word, it is often to insult people with a disability, or to call someone or something stupid – “You’re being so retarded”.

What’s wrong with this? Leigh shared a story to explain how the R-word made him feel, “I was walking home one day, walking along minding my own business, and a car drove past and the guy yelled both the R-word and the f-word. It was really really hurtful.”

Although we feel the R-word is hurtful, derogatory, and reinforces negative stereotypes, the reaction to our blog online was split. For House with No Steps, this just means there is more work to be done to be done.

What you said…