The Inclusion Hour!

Did you know Busy Life runs an Inclusion Hour on Twitter every week? Anyone can join in with #thinkINC to tweet, retweet and like everything positive about disABILITY. It’s Mondays at 630pm. Just follow me on Twitter @busylifeandme #thinkINC #disABILITY



Here's the audio file from the 25th May 2020 Inclusion Hour. All views my own! Please, note, I can only display one audio at a time. If you wish to listen to other Inclusion Hours, please, follow me on SoundCloud (Joanna Baker-Rogers).


Inclusion Hour Topics

Each week, I Tweet about a different topic. To date, we have covered issues including:

  • Autism
  • Special schools
  • Stammering
  • Therapy animals
  • Models of disABILITY
  • Train travel
  • Normalcy
  • Communication
  • Employment
  • Film & TV
  • Social barriers
  • Depression

If you have suggestions for topics  please, let me know & spread the word about this hour!

New for 2020!

The Inclusive Question of the Week!

The Busy Life “Inclusive Question of the Week” runs from 730pm to midnight after the "Inclusion Hour." If there’s something you want to ask about #disABILITY , DM me on Twitter. I’ll pick one question to answer, anonymously.  I'll tweet the answer the following Tuesday & record it on this page too! Views my own!


4th May

“What is the WHO’s thinking on #disABILITY?”  

The World Health Organisation states, “DisABILITY is now understood to be a human rights issue. People are disabled by society, not just by their bodies.

These barriers can be overcome, if governments, non-governmental organisations, professionals and people with disABILITIES and their families work together. The WHO/World Bank World report on disability shows the way forward”. I couldn’t agree more. How about you? #thinkINC

11th May

"How can I support someone who stammers?” 

For me, you need to give them the confidence to talk. This requires giving them a safe space to do so. What I mean by this is? A conversation were it doesn’t matter if they fail to talk fluently.

You need to be patient and listen longer. Try not to look away if they do stammer. Don’t finish their sentences for them. If they want to talk about their stammer, be the person who listens. Tell them it doesn’t matter if they do and they are valued for who they are. I think these are all reasonable adjustments. Do you? #thinkINC

18th May

"What proportion of the population has a stammer?” 

This is a bit difficult to answer. Some children stammer from being able to talk. Others, develop one in later childhood. For some, the stammer disappears as they get older. However, 3% of the population is the general figure. 

Everyone stammers differently and it's different every time you stammer. We 3% are a complex lot! #thinkINC

25th May

“Why is depression referred to as The Black Dog?” 

It's used because depression can feel like an ominous, long-suffering presence tracking your every move. Winston Churchill used this metaphor to describe his depression. #thinkINC


6th April

6th April

6th April

“Up to what age is an EHCP applicable?” 

An Education, Health & Care Plan outlines any special educational needs a child has, & the provision that must be provided. They are legally binding up to the age of 25 years. 

As of January 2019, there were 1,318,300 pupils with SEND in England, representing 14.9% of the total population. Of these 3.1% had an EHCP. These figures are rising year on year. Any thoughts on why? Maybe a topic for a future “Inclusion Hour”. #thinkINC #disABILITY


20th April

6th April

6th April

"How many people in the UK have a visual impairment?” 

There’s almost 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered blind or partially sighted. Did you expect the number to be more or less than this? #thinkINC #disABILITY


27th April

6th April

27th April

“How can I describe Dyslexia in positive terms?” 

A medical definition is, “a specific learning difficulty, that causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, e.g reading & writing. intelligence isn't affected”. Not very positive!

However, I prefer this one. I think it contains lots of words that can be used to describe Dyslexia in positive terms. How about you? #thinkINC #disABILITY

Inclusive Questions and Answers

Boy with Achondroplasia.

13th January

"What is a disABILITY?"

You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ & ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities". However, I think this definition is from the perspective of neurotypical & able-bodied people who make up the majority of the population & make the law. What do you think?  #thinkINC #disABILITY

Model in a Wheelchair.

19th January

“What is the difference between diversity & inclusion?” 

Diversity is understanding that each individual is unique whereas inclusion is embracing everyone as valuable members of their communities.

However, for me, I like this definition:   Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance. How does that sound? #thinkINC #disABILITY 

Girls signing, "Love".

26th January

 "What do we mean by normal?" 

The word ‘normal’ entered the English language in about 1840. It can be defined as “constituting, conforming to, not deviating or different from, the common type or standard, regular, usual”.

Before this, the concept of the "ideal" prevailed. The "ideal" was the preserve of God & unachievable by the human. "Normal" introduced the correct & preferred way of being human, &, therefore, the concept of disABILITY. For me, there's no "normal" human, only a "typical" form. Do you agree?  #thinkINC #disABILITY


3rd February

"What is a social barrier?"

A social barrier is something, that is not physical that stops someone with an impairment doing something. Social barriers are the attitudes of individuals or groups of individuals in society.  An example would be a child not being able to stay for an activity after school as the Head Teacher won't put in any additional support to facilitate this. For adults, this could be not being invited to join a conversation and being ignored.

For me, it's a lack of kindness and thought of the majority able-bodied and neurotypical population. The answer, once again, is kindness. Do you agree? #thinkINC #disABILITY


10th February

"What language should I use when referring to someone who has a disABILITY?"  

There's no right or wrong answer! For me, it's about using the term the person you are referring to feels most comfortable with.

So, this could be a person with autism or autistic. Equally, this could be blind, a person with a visual impairment or visually impaired. I think the important thing is to ASK THEM! Then use the term they prefer. What do you think? #thinkINC #disABILITY


17th February

"How can I be kind to a child with a disABILITY?"  

 Include them! Be the parent at the school gates that talks to the mum or dad of the child with special needs. Invite children with disABILITIES to parties and over for tea. Easy isn't it?! #thinkINC #disABILITY

Photo by Josh Apple on Unsplash.

23rd February

“What is “Nothing about us without us?”” 

It’s about self determination. Decisions that shape the lives of people with disABILITIES can only be made if they are involved in the decision making process. Sounds like a good idea to me! #thinkINC #disaBILITY


2nd March

"What percentage of the UK poulation has a disABILITY?"

There are 13.9 million people with a disABILITY: 

8% of children 

19% of working age adults 45% of pension age adults 

22% of the population. 

Is this what you expected? #thinkINC #disABILITY


9th March

"Why do words associated with impairment often start with dis or dys?" 

Like many words, they have their origins in Greek & Latin. In Greek, dys means, "bad or disordered" & in Latin, "apart, in different directions, or not").So you have disABILITY, dyslexic, disorder etc. For me, banning the use of dis or dys would go a long way to overcoming social barriers and achieving a more inclusive society. How about you? #thinkINC #disABILITY #bandis #bandys


16th March

"What is ableism?" 

Ableism is “the oppression you’ve never heard of.” It's discrimination & social prejudice in favour of able-bodied or/& neurotypical people. 

A venue can be inaccessible in a variety of ways. An event without sign language makes it inaccessible to persons with hearing loss. No quiet space makes it inaccessible to persons who have sensory overload, eg autism. Persons with #disABILITY have to be included in decision making! #thinkINC 


23rd March

"What is the origin of the word, "Paralympics?" 

 The word “Paralympics” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”. Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side. Personally, I'd prefer to see one integrated event for all athletes. They all use the same track, pool or arena don't they?!  #thinkINC #disABILITY


30th March

"What’s the most common disABILITY in the UK?” 

For adults its mobility & for children it’s cognitive. However, your impairment is a certainty, no matter what the statistics say. Society needs to understand your needs & meet them. #thinkINC #disABILITY