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?”
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”
The social model of disability teaches us that our activist focus should be on changing society, not our bodies – but how does that work in practice?
The medical model of disability tells me I’m fundamentally broken and in need of fixing – but is this true?
Wheeled I am wheeled. My weightin legs as flesh made solid ashalf dead and halfalive as weakness but I. I – my movement joy. Myleap up jagged kerbs. Myspeed. I trail people; walking –half running. Failing tocatch me. I keep going. I; after your hoursand blisters my battery runsI speed. I swerve. I keepon going.Continue reading “Wheeled – a poem for International Wheelchair Day”
…………How do other wheelchair users with limited upper body strength manage to walk your dogs independently? A discussion between a group of disabled people with pets My greyhound is the centre of my life. Getting him was a spontaneous decision that in many ways I probably shouldn’t have made, but I’m still deeply fond ofContinue reading “Adaptive Product Reviews: Dog Edition (Julius K9 harness with panniers, jogging lead, dog poo grabber)”
I’ve had great feedback from people on my Disabled at Uni series and my Adaptive Product Reviews series, so I’m starting a third. Both of those will be continued, but I’ve found people often have questions about how I manage my social care / NHS care, and it seemed worth starting to write a guide.Continue reading “Introducing: The Personal Assistance (PA) Series”
Starting to study can be quite an intimidating experience. Here’s some advice on joining clubs and societies, making friends, and resolving issues – from access problems to finding emotional support.
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”
In a world that feels bleak, it is important not to accustom ourselves to living without the hope that we can build a better future.
At Transpose: The Future (Barbican Centre, 6th-8th Dec), a collection of trans artists come together to explore how this could be done, through mediums ranging from opera to electronica and poetry.
Tickets from £5 (conc) to £15 (standard).