First it was an international burlesque and cabaret show with drag queens and then just a couple of days later, we went to something without sequins at TEDx. There's nothing like a bit of variety in your weekly schedule, right?! This is @mandad8
and I with presenter Santiago Velasquez and his guide dog, Lockie.
It was my second TEDx event and you're not allowed to yell from the audience (like I've previously done in sporting stadiums). So I was silently cheering in my head to so much of what Santiago had to say. "Blind people do not need to be able to see for us to have an equitable world," was something he repeated to the audience. When I apply that to myself, I don't need to walk, have two legs or have full vision for driving in order to live in a world that values (and implements) equity.
Some other gems from Santiago included, mention that his disability makes him a great problem solver (something I can completely relate to in my own way). Also, blind people (or anyone with a disability for that matter) don't need to be "fixed" in order to fit societies idea of a complete person.
If you'd like to hear an example of 'the social model of disability', if you're a disability advocate looking to share great content or if you'd just like to listen to a fab TEDx talk from an electrical engineer with a sense of humour then watch the full video.
The link won't fit in my bio but Google "Satiago tedxqut" ad you'll find it.
Or here it is if you're near a desktop... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNryuVpF1Pw
Hope you have a wonderful day!
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