How I Saw Stephen Hawking’s Death as a Disabled Person

March 16, 2018

(BBC) – Stephen Hawking’s death has reminded me why I’m tired, as a disabled person and a wheelchair user, of being labelled an inspiration just for living my everyday life. Prof Hawking was an extraordinary scientist and an incredibly intelligent human being. However, many disabled people, myself included, would take issue with calling him an “inspiration” as this term is often used in popular society to belittle disabled people’s experiences.

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