The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57244 Message #899292
Posted By: sharyn
26-Feb-03 - 02:09 PM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
As a disabled person I need to say that I find songs written about people with disabilities (usually by people without them) to be condescending and offensive. These people don't have the experience (which varies widely even in the same diagnosed disability).
If you keep looking you are bound to run into some of these songs. Two I have run into are "Walking on my Wheels" and "I'm a Little Cookie." I find both of these songs offensive. A better idea, to my mind, is to feature the songs or paintings or writings of disabled artists without looking for songs about the issue. We are whole people with whole art and lots to say on a variety of subjects.
By the way, I have cerebral palsy. I have friends with disabilities ranging from MS to autism and I work in an inclusion recreation program for able-bodied and disabled children.