International Day of People with Disabilities 2018

I was doing some critiques for my online critique group when I realised that today is the 3rd of December and that means one thing- International Day of People with Disabilities. So, that was the logical choice for today’s post.

As we are in the last month of the year, it seems a good time to look back on what I have achieved this year that was more of a challenge than for most because of my disabilities.

Back in January, I pledged to get through 200 books this year. I finally achieved my goal a few days ago. Reading is a difficult task because of my eyesight and also the fact that many books are too heavy or cumbersome to use. With the help of VoiceOver on my iPad and iPhone, I was able to make all the books accessible.

Also in January, I made a revision promise to revise my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel. I have revised some, and finished two more (one from 2015 and also this year’s project).

March onwards saw me turning my mind to wedding plans. I had always wanted to meet and marry someone who saw me for me and Alfredo and I have been planning that this year. Today, we got the wedding favours in the post. Still need to get our outfits sorted but that will be done soon I hope.

Mobility equipment-wise, I bought a new  cushion in May. I have loved it since I got it.  The recent wheelchair problems I told you about on this blog were solved by a new battery, no visits from wheelchair technicians needed. So, long may this chair last. I am really liking the TDXSP2NB compared to my old Rumba.

On and off this year, I have been working on a memoir and am enjoying being admin for a short story and memoir group. The people in  the group have great stories to tell. Dragon Dictation has been a great help with that and all my computer- based tasks.

My aim, before the year is out, is to get more done on my writing projects and hopefully submit something to a publisher. The theme this year is “Equality and Inclusion.” Do I feel included? Yes, but not always. Do I feel equal? My answer to that is the same. There’s more to be done.

Happy International Day of People with Disabilities 2018! How are you spending it? With every December 3rd I hope the world is a better place for people with disabilities. 

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