R is for Rosie with Joanna Grace

*Please note that this podcast contains very strong and offensive language and discussion that some listeners may find upsetting*

Last summer, Rosie Jones’ documentary aired on Channel 4 and with it followed great controversy on the title. Rosie Jones is a comedian with Cerebral Palsy and she created the thought-provoking documentary based on her experiences and to raise awareness of the abuse she has endured over the years because of her disability.

Joanna Grace joins Dale today to discuss the documentary and its profound impact. Joanna highlights a concerning trend where historical terms used to refer to individuals with intellectual disabilities are considered commonplace, while racist or sexist comments are deemed unacceptable.

Ableist language seems to be more tolerable and less serious in society’s eyes and Joanna emphasises that society fails to give ableist language the same level of importance as it does to other forms of prejudice faced by marginalised communities.

Listen to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of Rosie Jones’ documentary and the importance of challenging ableist language and prejudices.

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About Joanna Grace

Joanna Grace is a sensory engagement and inclusion specialist, doctoral researcher, author, trainer, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects.  

Joanna has worked with people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent conditions aged from 0-100 (well 1 day old – 87 years old to be precise) in a range of settings and context. 

Through all she does Joanna is seeking to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences. 

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