Julia's Place

As I watched the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, I realised that as I have gotten older, some of my points of view that I had thought were sound, are not. In fact many of the views I hold are stereotypes and that really saddens me. It has been quite a shock to realise that I do have short-comings in my understanding of disabilities and this has made me feel very uncomfortable.

The ceremony was wonderful. Breath- taking and very, very thought provoking. I have been an advocate for equalities all my adult life. For heaven's sake, I was a head teacher for over 13 years with the power to influence many young minds. I have spoken on many occasions to a school assembly about the differences we all have and how they are what makes us all special. And yet during the ceremony I was in a very…

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