I have been disabled for nearly 30 years. At first I used walking sticks and I was sexually assaulted whilst on a ordinary pavement. Eventually I had to use a wheelchair and my experiences since then have been astonishing. From people trying to help me onto a train and dropping the wheelchair onto its back, drunken people trying to help me into a pub and endangering my life by mistake, I have found that People are frightened by wheelchairs and really ask the person or even see them. I believe that most people mean well however there are some people out there that have taken advantage. A friend of mine was mugged when someone pulled their wheelchair down onto the floor deliberately. When my power wheelchair broke down outside my home, kind people towed me back however I was told by one that I was not to leave my home again. Before I was in a wheelchair, people never treated me like this before. I feel like a pleading, kicked, grateful for attention puppy and I do not like it. That is not the person I am. I am a strong, independent person. I define myself as non-binary and differently abled. I strongly believe that society is disabled, not me. I have a project to help raise awareness of wheelchair users for the not yet disabled people in our society.
Criminologist and Co-Director of Centre for Gender Studies at University of Sussex