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Disability Narratives

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Video clip: It can be frustrating for Liz when colleagues forget that she needs extra time for some tasks, but she recognises they probably are unaware they are rushing her.

Yeah. I can't be rushed. And if I am rushed, I tend to drop things. And get frustrated. So, so I find - Say for example I want to turn my computer on, and get things up and running. If I'm, if I feel like I have - like, oh I've got two minutes to do this because I've got something else to do - then I will immediately drop my portable hard drive, I will not be able to plug it in. You know, all of the things that need calm, quiet, time to do, I won't do in that way. And so those are the sorts of things. If I have people rushing me, and saying "Well we have to do this, we have to go to this meeting now, and come on." I don't do well with that. It makes me slower [laugh]. And that's frustrating for me. I find that deeply frustrating, and I get really angry with myself. And I don't think people realise they're doing it, it's just the natural way of being, they're just like 'oh, we have to go, we have to go now, we have to go and do this', or 'this has to be done - you know - by four o'clock this afternoon'. And immediately I feel like my hands just work even less well [laughing]. And all of that sort of thing. And the response to that kind of pushing. And it's just a natural - it's how we all are in the world. And I've just found that my capacity to deal with that has, has dropped away. And so, yeah. Any kind of pushing me to do physical things quickly is not going to happen.

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