Envisioning Disability: The Need to ‘Justify’ My Dad’s Identity

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‘Can’t you see I’m struggling?’ he asks, after having spent the last few minutes fumbling with his coat’s zip. He would have accused me of interfering had I helped sooner, but now having waited, I’ve been accused of watching him struggle. This was perhaps the earliest lesson I learnt from having a blind and deaf father; there is not always a ‘right’ response to disability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Polyphony
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Disability
  • ethics
  • identity
  • philosophy
  • parenthood


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