By Susan Lonsdale
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Men tend to have an overall higher prevalence rate in one particular age band, namely between the ages of 60 and 64 if the lowest severity category 1 is included. Men of this age were more likely than women to report health problems or disabilities which were sufficient to include them in the lowest category of severity but not at higher levels of severity. , 1988, p. 24). Differences in the prevalence rates are also more apparent for the total population than for those living in private households, reflecting the relatively large numbers of very elderly disabled women living in communal establishments.
They serve to increase someone's independence but not necessarily their visi hili ty. An issue which arose a number of times during the interviews for this book was whether women with disabilities should raise the subject of their disability with other people. Antoinette found it difficult to cope with the reticence of some people (which she saw as being part of traditional, white, British culture) to talk about her very obvious impairment: I think most black people don't mind asking us what's wrong.
Em. Nadia, for instance, spoke of her sense of liberation at 'coming out' as disabled, of telling people that she had multiple sclerosis and of both educating them about it and, at the same time, making herself more visible. Others felt that it was the responsibility of the woman who is disabled to make herself visible. For instance, in looking for employment, Anita said she thought women who are disabled should try to go along to employment agencies and let them see that they're around and looking for work.