In our seminars it took us a while to work out how we could share ideas about “access” in a way that everyone could understand. Eventually we learnt that “story-telling” was a really good way to help everyone share ideas. Story-telling gave everyone a voice and an identity. People told their stories in different ways, but we always listened.
When I lived in the hospital I did not speak because I got punished if I did. But when I came out and joined groups like People First, I thought “I might as well use my tongue”. [Mabel Cooper]We will share some of those stories with you in this blog and try to use them to show important points.