Recently our Monday Company were asked to come up with some ideas for a piece of adaptive technology that would make a big difference to their lives. We will be using these to create projected illustrations, and a section of the script, for our upcoming primary schools’ tour of The Big Laboratory Bang. This was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth Foundation in celebration of their 80th anniversary. The company were asked to be as imaginative as they wanted – not even bound by the laws of physics – and they came up with some brilliant ideas.

Freewheeler Terri Winchester was inspired to write a poem about her suggestion, the Assumption Regulator; a device which, in her own words, “would enable me to freeze reality and stop people making assumptions about me based entirely on what I look and sound like.  I need this device to help me cope with other people’s inability to listen to me effectively.”

We thought Terri’s poem was fantastic, and really vital, so we are now looking for a way to make it into a performance piece, and have decided to share it in full on this blog. Copyright Terri Winchester.

ASSUMPTION REGULATOR SONG (TESTIMONIAL INJUSTICE)

Oh I wish I had an assumption regulator:

an annoying prejudice de-activator.

I’d zap, freeze, then speak, and they’d listen to me

Give me credibility, not focus on my disability.

 

I speak uniquely, and I don’t notice!

I think of what I’m saying, and not of my prognosis

I don’t want to focus on my deficit

you’re living in the past, move on and get with it!

 

I don’t want to hurt you, and I’m not intimidating

but as soon as I speak, canyons open. That’s assuming

I’d zap you, make you listen and comprehend me

Then maybe you’d speak to me N O R M A L L Y!

 

Oh I wish I had an assumption regulator:

an annoying prejudice de-activator.

I’d zap, freeze, then speak, and they’d listen to me

Give me credibility, not focus on my disability.

 

Testimonial injustice, ignoring what I say

I read it in my philosophy book just the other day                                                                                                                                                                                                          Discontinuous transformation, changing the aim

there now, illusions shattered, but assumptions remain?

 

Oh I wish I had an assumption regulator:

an annoying prejudice de-activator.

I’d zap, freeze, then speak, and they’d listen to me

Give me credibility, not focus on my disability.

 

Soon we won’t communicate

a virtual world, hallucinate

comprehending will be obsolete

a string of notes, but with no beat.

 

Anita