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Role Models

When I was an adult I had no adult disabled role models at all. I didn't think that I would miraculously stop being disabled when I grew up, as I know some disabled children have done. Rather it was that the future had a blurred, dark quality to it, formless, like walking into an unlit tunnel or a London pea-souper. In the event I had to make it up as I went along with no evidence at all that it was possible to be disabled, grown up and have a decent live.          Sue Napolitano

This piece first appeared in Telling Our Own Stories: reflections on family life in a disabling world 2000 (Published by Parents with Attitude, Sheffield).

Role Models © Sue Napolitano 2000.

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