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Ableism, Cystic Fibrosis with Izzie Jani-Friend

By Hidden Disabilities Sunflower 24th July 2022Sunflower Conversations Share

“There's so much that needs to be done to eradicate ableism. But I think seeing the changes as beneficial to everybody. If there are changes that are made, for example, more ramps or wheelchair access or BSL interpreters or braille or things like that, there's so many different adjustments that could be made.

They benefit everybody. For example, a lift or an escalator. If you're just feeling tied one day, carrying a heavy box or something like that, you can just use that.”

Izzie is a journalist and is using her lived experience as a young woman with cystic fibrosis to combat ableism through her writing. 

In this conversation we discuss how her chronic health condition, cystic fibrosis affects her daily life and how she manages her healthcare routine with work.

Then we move on to what ableism is,  the subtleties of it as well as the directness and where it can occur, such as on public transport and in the workplace.  Izzie shares with us her ideas around how to eradicate it from society.

For support

If you are experiencing issues discussed in this podcast contact your GP or healthcare practitioner.

Hosted by Chantal Boyle, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

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