The history of personal computing

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The history of the personal computer is one that fascinates me but I have very much lived it. I had my first computer when I am 7, a Commodore PET with just 16k, which is a billionth of the memory on my iPad. I have embraced the advances in computing over the last thirty years one by one to put them into real live application in ways beyond what they were often intended. Computers have been the key to my liberation as a significantly impaired people, providing me with a connection to the world that enables me to work, rest and play.

 

We need to recognise and celebrate the history of the computer and how it has enabled so many of us to do so much more with our lives and make contributions which were previously unimaginable! There is so much I have to thank computers for as I admire its short history.

 

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Is the social model optional?

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In recent discussions with a fellow disability activists who is advocating the rights of ‘sick’ people as being very difference to disabled people, she suggested that the social model does not need to apply to everyone and that as a foundation of policy, it was in some way optional. This is a part of a wider campaign by those who define themselves as sick, often as well as being disabled, to escape the responsibilities laid within the social model and to adopt instead a tragedy medical model for an arbitrary list of impairment, often minor impairments, which are defined as sickness so can be dealt with an unemployable and worthy of being written off with label based compensation in exchange for exclusion from society.
I see the social model as core to the government’s social policy on disability and impairment, and it is ridiculous to enable one impairment group to be excluded and allowed to adopt a medical model appropriate simply because they feel like not being contributing citizens. I fully acknowledge that accessibility has not been fully developed to raise all impairments, especially those dealing with pain, where a major reform of the notion of employment is needed. As someone with cerebral palsy and pain issues, I am insulted that some will fight for my fight to work because I have cerebral, despite it significantly affected my lifestyle, but would have me written off as unemployable to be excluded from society because I have chronic pain issues that is far less significant!
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