I've been watching some of the programmes in the BBC's Defying the Label season and it's got me thinking about the many people who live with disability, whether it's their own or someone else's.
Life can be a huge struggle for anyone whose everyday life is made difficult by lack of provision for their needs as well as people who are on the receiving end of abuse and discrimination because of their disability.
There are also important people in my life who have so-called 'invisible' disabilities (autistic spectrum disorders or chronic pain, for instance), which aren't immediately obvious to an observer, and that can be very hard too. It's amazing how intolerant of quirky behaviour the general public and - very sadly - family members can be. "Oh, X will grow out of it" and "It can't be that bad" are things I've heard many times over the years...
It's great that the BBC is showing these programmes as anything that gives the rest of us an insight into - and hopefully some understanding of - different disabilities is very important in my view.
What do you think? Has disability touched your life?