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A couple of months ago, I wrote against the healthist attitude displayed by a yoga instructor.

This post is a sort of corollary to that post. I originally thought of writing it for Blogging Against Disablism Day, but it seemed a bit much of the “all about me” kind, which I didn’t think was appropriate for BADD (given that I do not identify as disabled).

To recap, in the post linked above, I mentioned that the yoga instructor had said to a middle-aged woman beside me that “you might as well be dead” as, say, break your hip when you’re old.

He described yoga as his “insurance policy” – to lessen the risk of injury etc. He’s not the only yoga instructor that I’ve heard make this idea explicit.

The instructor’s comments are horrendous for several reasons. One is the obvious: most people would – really, honestly, when it came to the crunch – prefer to be alive (with or without a broken hip) than dead.

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Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009

As part of my BADD effort, I was going to post links to some of my favourite posts. But there are too many – I’d end up simply re-posting most of them. So just go check out Diary of a Goldifish for the whole lot.

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Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009

This is my post for Blogging Against Disablism Day, 1 May 2009. Go check out Diary of a Goldfish to see who else has posted.

Before I start, I’d like to apologise if I unintentionally plagiarise anyone. This is an issue I’ve been thinking about for some time, and it’s highly likely that I’ve drawn subconsciously on the work of others. If you notice some specific influence that I should be linking or citing, please let me know.

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I don’t think that making accommodations is, necessarily, enough to reach equality.

The concept of “accommodations” is most relevant to discussions of disability and accessibility. For that reason, and because this is Blogging Against Disablism Day, I’m focusing on accommodations for disabilities to provide equal access, even though there are other situations where the issue of accommodations may be relevant.

And, as I said, I don’t think that simply making accommodations is enough – not if you want to have an equal society, anyway.

Or, let’s say “more equal”, since it’s just about impossible to define what “equal” means. And also because I’m going to focus on the concept of choice.

I think that one of the things that makes people feel that they are being treated unequally or unfairly is when they don’t have an equivalent range of choices compared to other people.

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Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009

First, an overdue announcement: Diary of a Goldfish is hosting Blogging Against Disablism Day on 1 May 2009.

If you want to participate, go and check out the post – and write a post for 1 May 2009. Make sure you post the URL of your post here.

You can also post there now and let everyone know you’re going to participate. You can decide at the last minute, but as Lauredhel says, why not make the commitment?

That brings me to the other thing I wanted to say.

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