Day 85: “The thing is, I stutter” An honest Tedx talk by Megan Washington

Day 85- “The thing is, I stutter” An honest Tedx  talk by Megan Washington

Continuing on in my 365 Days of Ted journey I decided to watch a Ted talk from my own soil - Australia. I watched a Tedx talk from Australian singer Megan Washington  who she shared a personal truth with the audience “The thing is, I stutter.” Although I have been following Megan’s music for a couple of years I had no idea that she had a speech impediment.  I have heard countless interviews and speeches from Megan in the past but never heard a hint of a stutter. Had she not done this Ted talk I and many of her fans would have been none the wiser. Finding new ways to communicate Megan found out when she was a child that when she sings the stutter is gone. Apparently it is impossible to stutter when you sing. Singing is a way of fluently communicating for Megan and a way for her to get a message exactly as she had intended. I have such an awesome new-found respect for Megan Washington. It could not have been easy to give a Ted … [Read more...]

Day 57: Does society view disabled people as inspirational porn?

Kicking off a new series week - Ted talks to challenge your thinking is a post about comedian Stella Young's Ted talk, "I'm not your inspiration, thank-you very much" Stella’s talk had one simple, albeit blunt message, just because a person might be living with disabilities that doesn't mean that they are automatically your inspiration porn. Harsh words or poignant truth?  Imagine being a teenager in the 90’s. You did the usual teenager thing, hang out with your friends, fight with your siblings, and if you are a teenager of the 90’s you were probably obsessed with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dawson's Creek.  Then one day out of the blue your parents get approached from someone from the community wanting to nominate you for a community achievement award. This happened to Stella Young and her parents. Her parents were flattered on Stella’s behalf but couldn’t overlook the obvious issue - Stella hadn’t achieved anything. Her parents … [Read more...]