Episode 6 : Get2gether

 

The following is an excerpt from a group chat between members of Get2gether, a charity that arranges social activities for people with disabilities in safe and friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

 

Get2gether member: Equality means for me having the same rights as everyone else, not being shoved in a box and put away in a corner somewhere and then to be taken out and mainly examined like a slab of meat.  That’s what it means to me.

Kaz: Equality for me, I suppose, is the right to choose.  It’s quite a big word that can come under loads of different headings and issues, but I suppose it’s the right to choose the kind of life you want to lead and also being able to change your mind about the direction of your life and not be made to feel guilty or like you can’t do that.  I’ve got a lot of experience of that in relation to disability, just people saying, ‘oh but we’ve planned this around you, and you changing your mind has caused problems for us’.  That’s kind of the attitude I’ve had, and getting the confidence to kind of respond back and say that ‘you have the right to change your mind and you have the right for your life to go in a different direction, and no one makes you feel bad about that decision’.  So I guess for me it’s about not being judged for making mistakes or changing your mind.

 Get2gether member: Equality means for me having the same rights as everyone else, not being shoved in a box and put away in a corner somewhere and then to be taken out and mainly examined like a slab of meat.  That’s what it means to me.