COVID-19 – is online more accessible?

Is the lockdown really more accessible for disabled people, or is it just differently accessible? I’ve read a lot of disabled people talking about how with the lockdown there are no access barriers, but I’ve also been thinking for a while that actually there are access barriers – they’re just different. It’s easy to generaliseContinue reading “COVID-19 – is online more accessible?”

COVID-19, disabled people, and the right to LIVE (independently)

COVID-19, disabled people, and the right to LIVE (independently) Coronavirus is ripping through care homes. It is killing thousands of people who are trapped in these institutions, often with no choice or control as to who provides their ‘care’, no way of protecting themselves, and who are left watching their friends die. Part of theContinue reading “COVID-19, disabled people, and the right to LIVE (independently)”

Disabled People Are Not Expendable (yet we’re being left to die)

The views in this article are entirely my own and do not reflect that of any organisation I work with. They should be considered reflective of my position at the time of writing, which may have since changed. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released its guidelines for critical care in Coronavirus. NICEContinue reading “Disabled People Are Not Expendable (yet we’re being left to die)”

How to share space in quarantine: setting the rules

I was discussing this with colleagues and realised that the negotiations I’ve been engaged in with my wife might be useful for other people. Now we’re both working from home, we need to find ways of not getting underfoot for each other, and here are some of the lessons I learned… Set ground rules forContinue reading “How to share space in quarantine: setting the rules”

Disabled people’s demands under coronavirus

I just spoke on a The World Transformed webinar about coronavirus, and I highlighted some key demands that are emerging from disabled people. A lot of people asked for more information about those in that chat, so here they are: Adequate pay (living wage) for Personal Assistants and carers who all work in high riskContinue reading “Disabled people’s demands under coronavirus”

Surviving Inside – fifteen tips on how to cope with self-isolation

Last summer I spent 6 months in hospital. Three months in one room in one hospital, 3 months in one room in another hospital. I won’t pretend I didn’t go a bit mad during this time – clawing at the walls and wishing I could get out more than once or twice a fortnight –Continue reading “Surviving Inside – fifteen tips on how to cope with self-isolation”