One of the things that gets my frustrated and annoyed is when I read news or commentary articles online which I really find inaccurate and helpful to say the least. For example, right now, disabled people are only often written about in terms of welfare benefits when anyone who claims to be disabled in regarded as unemployment.
But in the last 6 months, I am develop how I use twitter and other medians to have my own voice and respond back to these attacks on my humanity. I am making people in stories real to me but not putting them as “people over there” but actually confronting them directly and in same cases building a positive relationship with them.
In this way I feel I have a voice and a desire to change attitudes person by person by challenging people directly, not by criticising them and by making see how inaccurate what they are saying often is. No disability benefit has been ‘cut’, hate crime is not rampant and ATOS does not kill anyone, these are the facts when you go into the detail of what is being said and used for financial and political gain.
I am here to stay and I will say what I see however unpopular it may make me.
If you like what I say, have a look at my website at http://www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74