Why are you pretending to be normal?

A potentially interesting posting from our friends at agcas

Disability Task Group



‘Why are you pretending to be normal?’

A couple of months ago I was approached in my capacity as DTG chair by Phil Friend, and asked if I could help him publicise his and Dave Rees’ book, ‘Why are you pretending to be normal’. Having read it I would like to share my thoughts on it.

‘Why are you pretending to be normal’ is a short book (about 120 large print pages), which explains the journey of Chris, who has recently acquired a disability. Struggling to come to terms with this Chris is supported by a work colleague who introduces her to a number of their friends who, in a series of informal meetings, discuss with Chris a range of disability issues.

Through these conversations the book explains the social model of disability, and also covers the use of language in restricting or empowering people. It then goes on…

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