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At school I found writing both stimulating and rewarding. In 1985 I became a qualified fitter and machinist. When the internet came along, it gave me the opportunity to write again. From my early childhood I have also always been a keen sportsperson. I have recently begun to play tennis again after becoming an amputee.
I am interested in issues related to the rights of people with a disability. I believe these matters often do not get enough attention.
People with a disability often have to endure rudeness from others. Some people think it's best to turn the other cheek and ignore them. This can be a good way to deal with obnoxious people. Turning the other cheek can be easier said than done however. Occasional rude behaviour is easy to dismiss. But in my experience continual insults affect your self-esteem. If we respond with wit instead of anger we may turn the tables on those who wish annoy us.
There are different kinds of experts. Usually an expert needs to study hard at university. But life experience can also make someone an expert. Governments around Australia have recruited people with lived experience of 'mental illness'. They are called consumer experts and work in mental health services. Their experience gives them unique insight into the problems faced by people with 'mental illness'. Consumer experts work in a wide variety of roles. Many have other qualifications to. Some doctors think they aren't needed. But mental healthcare experts say their contribution has led to better treatment for users of mental health services.
When people have part of their leg missing, they might use an artificial leg. But artificial legs can cause problems and can damage a person's leg. But a technique has been developed that attaches an artificial leg to the bone. The technique has many advantages. It can be used on animals as well as people. Unfortunately there is risk to this technique. There is a higher risk of infection for the person. But veterinarians and doctors may have a solution. It involves getting skin to grow onto the artificial leg. Both animals and humans are trying this new technology. It may help people who use artificial leg to lead pain-free lives in the future.
When doctors could not explain why I had ongoing back pain I searched the internet for answers. I found a huge amount of information on the internet. I met others on the internet with unexplained pain. They were looking for answers too. But answers were hard to find on the internet. My search went on for years. Some of my family and friends became worried about me. I later found better things to do. But I do not feel my searching was all bad. I learned about many fascinating ideas that encouraged a desire to learn.
The Judge Rotenberg Centre is a school in the United States. It has about 200 children and young adults with disabilities and behavioural problems. Students are shocked with electricity to stop bad behaviour. Many people want to see the electric shocks banned. In 2012 the United Nations asked the United States government to investigate the school. Some parents say the electric shocks have improved their children's behaviour. But experts say there are better ways to help children at the school and that electric shocks are a form of torture. Critics of the school would like to see it closed down but the school remains open.