Category: Disability

It’s only taken a day for 2018 to throw a curveball to disabled people in the UK, throwing students and working class people under the same bus for good measure. Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to appoint Toby Young, journalist and son of Baron Young of Dartington, to lead a new Universities Regulator. I’ve got...

Have you ever read something you knew could occur, but hoped you wouldn’t have to see happen in your lifetime? Earlier this week, the debate about the price of medication and healthcare resurfaced after Donald Trump selected Alex Azar, ex-president of pharma giant Eli Lilly’s USA branch, as secretary of Health and...

This week, The Guardian – the UK’s largest liberal newspaper – has recently published an article in which they interview James Damore. For those of you who don’t know this guy, or for those who do but just can’t pin down who he is, he’s the guy who got fired by Google after publishing that ten-page anti-women rant....

“Everyone gets depressed,” my dad would say, rolling his eyes at me and my mother when we spoke openly about our mental health. He didn’t understand depression; the closest he had gotten to mental disorder was in the long ago loving embrace of her arms, his fingers tickling the fine hairs on her pale skin. Dad never...

The phrase “falling on deaf ears” is an awful and ableist one, but frankly what the disabled community experience, what I experience, is much worse. It’s not that people cannot hear what is being said; they don’t want to. They can’t be bothered to. No matter how much I raise my voice, no matter how much my disabled...

With the challenge of doing something along the theme of ‘Mind over Matter’ Liz, Emily and Errol headed to a local climbing wall to overcome some personal (and physical) hurdles.   First of all… Why climbing? Liz: I just like climbing things. I’m literally an anxious primate. Errol: Three reasons: I’m a glutton for...

I’ll start with explaining quickly what goalball is, as I’m certain I can’t talk about disabled sports without mentioning it, and I’ll hazard a guess that most people haven’t a clue what it is. It’s a sport for visually impaired players, which differs from most Paralympic sports as it’s created purely with disabled...

Okay, so. This is a longstanding issue I’ve had, but one I’ve been unsure as to how to confront. So naturally, I thought an article was apt. Without further ado, I’m going to come out and just say it – Stop putting gender neutral labels on disabled bathrooms. Seriously. It’s counter-progressive, poor feminism, poor...

So we’ve turned the corner post-Brexit and found ourselves faced with another major voting period. This time it’s another general election, out of the blue. After 2015 and 2016, the thought of yet another election makes me feel sick. Not only about the possible results, but the thought of going through another period...

I doubt very much that you remember me – it’s been 14 years, and you’ll have had hundreds of thousands of house visits since then. But I’ll remember you forever. Let’s refresh your memories – it’s Boxing Day 2003, and you’re called to a house in the early morning, perhaps around 8am. It’s light and crisp outside and...