Verbal Scripts for Unwanted Offers of Help

I can’t leave the house without encountering disableism. People always presume I’m needy, childlike, tragic, dependent. They speak past me, speak over me, and ignore me. Rarely does anyone engage with me as an independent adult, unless to ask questions about the wheelchair. In those questions, my life is framed as a tragedy. I neverContinue reading “Verbal Scripts for Unwanted Offers of Help”

The PA Series: background

Over the past seven years of employing PAs, I’ve had some excellent employees, some dreadful ones, and the rest have been somewhere in the middle – with great strengths, but also weaknesses. I’ve also learned that the same is true of me as an employer – there are things I’m good at, but there areContinue reading “The PA Series: background”

Adaptive Product Reviews: Wheelchair Edition (Salsa M2)

……….Wheelchair Services have offered my son a Salsa M electric wheelchair. How do you find this wheelchair, and what postural set-up do you use? The parent of a boy with muscular dystrophy asking on a forum for young disabled people I was given this wheelchair by wheelchair services, so I offered to write a comprehensiveContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: Wheelchair Edition (Salsa M2)”

Adaptive Product Reviews: Office Edition (Accuratus keyboard, Evoluent mouse, Ergorest arm supports)

……….I’m thinking about applying to University, but I struggle to sit at a computer or type. What equipment is out there to make this easier? A question I was asked at a conference Sometimes on this blog I review equipment designed for disabled people, e.g. my wheelchair reviews. However, what I really enjoy is highlightingContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: Office Edition (Accuratus keyboard, Evoluent mouse, Ergorest arm supports)”

Disabled at Uni: 4. Accommodation, social care, and health care

Last week, I wrote about the support services in place at the University, and how to get set up with them. This week, I’m discussing health and social care, hiring Personal Assistants, and accommodation at University. One of my key pieces of advice for disabled students about to go to University is that it’s reallyContinue reading “Disabled at Uni: 4. Accommodation, social care, and health care”

Disabled at Uni: 3. Before your course begins (and who’s there to help)

Last week, I wrote about Disabled Students’ Allowance and getting the right technology and support in place. This week, it’s more about setting up with the services the University offers, and how to give them what they need to help you. You may already be in contact with staff at the University if you hadContinue reading “Disabled at Uni: 3. Before your course begins (and who’s there to help)”

Adaptive Product Reviews: The ‘All My Wheelchairs’ Edition (Kuschall K3, Quickie Helium, Invacare Spectra XTR, Salsa Jive M, Salsa M2)

……….What wheelchairs have you used during your life, and how have you found them? A discussion with other wheelchair using friends Having had an interesting conversation with other friends with progressing conditions, I thought it might be interesting for me to type up my thoughts as an Adaptive Product Review, for other wheelchair users toContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: The ‘All My Wheelchairs’ Edition (Kuschall K3, Quickie Helium, Invacare Spectra XTR, Salsa Jive M, Salsa M2)”

Disabled at Uni: 2. Disabled Students’ Allowance

Last week in this series on applying to study as a disabled person, I wrote on the application process and turning disability to your advantage, and this week I’m writing about Disabled Students Allowance. They fund select equipment and support grants. Disabled Students’ Allowance (or DSA) provides funding for support and equipment for disabled studentsContinue reading “Disabled at Uni: 2. Disabled Students’ Allowance”