Deformity is Deformity – Thanks Elephant Man

I went & saw the play The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man recently by Tom Wright.

No it wasn’t a copy of the movie or the book that we all know, but it was based on that story.

Deformity, do you stare, look away, touch, laugh, or cry?

It’s probably best that I don’t give too much away because of risk I may take away the “WOW” factor for those who are planning to see it.

As Joseph Merrick stood in his underwear on a chair as 2 nurses with long “stick pointers” described the folds of skin, his skeletal curves & other deformities, it really reminded me of some bad memories as a kid.

It was a small cast however Daniel Monks & Emma J Hawkins were fantastic & both have their own personal challenges.

Do make an effort to see this play.

The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man play is showing at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne only until 27th Aug 2017.

 

My Communication M.A.P.S.

Before I press  “Call” or “Send” to start communicating, I check my M.A.P.S.

Method – Audience – Purpose – Self-Reflection M.A.P.S.

Method – The best way to communicate, text, email, face-to-face, or a phone call ?

Audience – Who are they & how well do I know them?

Purpose – Why am I doing this?

Self-Reflection – Am I in the right headspace to start communicating?

The first step before I send an email or make that phone call is to run this checklist in my mind.

Most of us feel okay when it comes to communicating to different people, however, in the disability space right now, things are changing, as there are more players from different backgrounds who have different agendas.

We maybe advocating, promoting or simply looking for services that meets the needs of people with disabilities.

Whatever the reason is for communicating, it has to be effective.

Communicating from a wheelchair, being a Justice of the Peace & my interest in multiculturalism has been a great way for me to build on my effective communication technique.

A friend of mine Zen, & I have set up Empower Your English (EYE).

Our initial thoughts were that EYE would benefit culturally diverse consumers, however we are noticing that there is an interest from others who want to hear our individual communication approach that we use.

Our website eyenow.melbourne will give you more information about our workshops & when they are.

Stop Here, Reduce Your Anxiety

Excuse me, can you tell me where we are”?

As a wheelchair user on a crowded train, no way can I tell when I am approaching my train stop.

Innovation that gives people more confidence & can reduces anxiety when using public transport is fantastic 

The Stop Here mobile phone app is for commuters using Melbourne Metropolitan trains.

This app gives Audio & Visual notification from your mobile phone when you are arriving at your desired train station.

Yes that’s right, it’s a GPS type technology that helps us train travellers.

This app would also be useful for people from other countries where English as a Second Language (ESL) or from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Missing your train stop can be a real “Anxiety Trigger” when alternative methods of transport are limited.

So even if you may not use it yourself, why wouldn’t you put it on your phone to show others who could benefit?