I had an invitation to talk about discrimination and diversity to a group of students doing Diploma in Health Assistance, in the local hospital. After initial hitch, which technology almost always throws at you tauntingly – we were off to a good start. Multimedia was working. I introduced the theme quickly in a few lines and then- suddenly I began to stammer “really well” – on purpose of course, and with a straight face. Then I asked one of the girls if she were having any difficulty. Of course they were having some difficulty following me.
“OK, so I will tell you what you can do to reduce YOUR own difficulty..” (Big smile- everyone!)
Listen attentively -and ask questions!
I showed them Julia Irani’s DAWN TV interview. My favorite clip.
Then, Nick Vujick.
In about one hour, everyone got the message- that “disability” is diversity, shaped by social beliefs and practices. Nothing more, nothing less. They have also learned about 3 point stammering protocol!
I am getting ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow we practice Jhumelo ( a dance form) in Gandhi Park. I hope we will not get arrested for public nuisance..