I feel strongly that this forum needs to be renamed from the "disabled" to the "enabled gardeners" forum! What do you guys think? Anyone else feel this way? I need your input before taking the next step.
Definitely, "enabled" puts a more positive spin on it. I think many of us have some form of "disability" but are reluctant to be known as "disabled". Somehow, that has a more permanent connotation, as if we are not going to be able to overcome our particular obstacle. In Texas schools, "special ed" has always been associated with retarded students, but in actual fact included students who needed prothesis, medical monitoring or anything at all out of the ordinary. I have noticed more and more references to "special needs" groups in schools. It's all in the semantics, but it does matter. Are there other terms someone would feel more comfortable using? "Alternative gardening solutions"?
You're right! Semantics make a big difference in people's perception of others. It either puts a positive or a negative spin on the label being applied. Personally, I feel that society as a whole needs to be educated to the positive contributions that everyone makes, regardless of their limitations, and it should be viewed in a positive frame of mind.
I like BOTH "Enabled" or "Alternative Gardening Solutions". They both convey a positive perception in the reader's mind.
I'd have to go for Alternative Gardening Solutions. Because reality is that I AM disabled in several ways. I may be able to continue to do some things by using alternative methods, but it doesn't remove my disability.
I like Alternative Gardening Solutions. When I see enabled used in place of disabled, it just makes me think of politically-correct double-speak. In truth, we're all disabled in some way, but we're also differently-abled in others. But the commonality is that we have found alternative ways to garden so that we can still enjoy it.
The problem I have with that and the longer version is that it brings to mind organic gardening, seeming to focus on the type of gardening instead of the gardener. Do we need a think tank to bat around some other ideas? This seems close but not quite there yet. Challenged gardeners popped into my head, but aren't we all challenged as gardeners? Oh, dear, we need more input, I think. Where are the wordsmiths?
I hate to say it, but how about just Disabled Gardeners? Its short, to the point and no one is going to be confused by it. And this way Dave won't have to worry about changing it.
We know that we are enabled and uplifted by our gardening habits, and I would imagine that others would realize that if we fall into the category of disabled and still manage to garden, that we are pretty much NOT looking for pity.
I think more than a name change, an attitude adjustment might be inorder wherein we spend more time working on threads like Weezingreen's garden construction thread. I don't mean to sound like I'm critisizing, but I think the intent of this forum was to share solutions and ideas for gardening beyond our disabilities.
to clarify, I used to spend some time at a forum for people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. I don't go there anymore, because although it is a wonderful place to get information from others who have RA, it also tends to spiral down into a lot of little pity parties and after awhile, you begin to wonder why you bother. I have at times felt the same way about this forum, and it makes me sad, because I think the point is, as I said, to share solutions.
ok everybody, i've got the definitive title for this forum.
we are either "a-hurtin" or "a-not-hurtin". right now i'm feeling ok but the barometer is going to change soon so look out! i don't care what the so-called experts say, my arthritis always acts up more whenever the barometer fluctuates.
Thanks everyone for your creative suggestions for changing the title of this forum. We have plenty of ideas! So now, please choose one (1) name ONLY!! The one with the majority of votes will be chosen and I'll make that suggestion in Dave's Garden Forum. I will also link this thread to show everyone's support of a title change.
PLEASE VOTE BY SATURDAY, APRIL 5th.
Again, thank you everyone for you wonderful ideas, for being at DG and supporting each other! That's what true friendship is all about!!
Please choose only 1 suggestion for a new forum name:
I don't think a name change will make any difference on how we view ourselves or the others that share our common bond and search engines will still be able to find us.
I have never felt funny about using the name disabled because I AM disabled in some ways but I am one to keep on keeping on and if gardening is what I want to do then it becomes a high priority for me to keep on doing it however possible.
Disabled is NOT a negative connotation of us it is just the plain unadulterated truth of the matter. Our bodies are not as able to do things as some others bodies are and we are just trying to find alternative ways to do what we want to do. Since we are not able to do things that other bodies are able to do then we are, by definition, *dis*abled.
I still think we need to be honest about ourselves and stay with Disabled Gardeners. I really dislike this renaming of everythig just to be Politically Correct or not offend someone. I'm offended by the lack of facing reality in this world!
I have no objection to the term Disabled but don't really know if it applies to everyone that could benifit from accessibility techniques that are often designed for the true disabled person. For instance I have no bad discs in my back but often suffer back aches from the bending required in gardening. Raised beds and platform gardens that were designed with someone with a wheelchair are a great solution for me and allow me to enjoy gardening more. So it makes me feel like a fraud to speak up too much in a forum entitled "Disabled Gardners" I agree that there is way too much rephrasing for the purpose of appearing to be politically correct but in this instance it is not to use the "proper termenology" that I was looking for but to make it a bit less exclusive and more inclusive of those like me that while we are not yet considered to be Disabled we are aging and infirm enough to be looking for better and less painful ways to accomplish the tasks involved in gardening.
But whatever you all decide is fine with me :~)
Well, how about "Challenged Gardeners"? Of course, that actually applies to any gardener, and at some time in our gardening lives we all are met with extra challenges. I don't think of myself as disabled until someone young and strong and tall and smart and other very vavoom adjectives comes along. Always, I think whatever hurts on any given day is temporary, whether it's true or not. This is really a far more complex category than a few words can describe.
I know your date is up for a vote, but I vote for accessible.
There are alot of folks here that read and visit that are not disabled in a real physical sense. Soem folks come to read how to make things better for friends and relatives. Soem folks come to learn to better prepare to make there lives easier as they get ready to face gardening challenges.
There are all type s and kinds of folks who visit this forum for any number of reason. Not all are physically challenged. Some may have mental challenges, stress challenges , and a host of any number of other challenges and by having the name accessible it leaves it open to cover the whole wide range of folks and their problems or the needs they need to gather from this forum.
The title accessible gives you the image of maybe a better way , an easier way of gardening for whatever challenge or problem you are facing or questioning.
There's no vote up for changing the name - it's an old thread. I was just saying it was a good point that the thread was found by someone searching for disabled gardening, which is likely how many would happen upon it if they didn't know about the forum's title.