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?”

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”

Wheeled – a poem for International Wheelchair Day

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”

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”

Future as Celebration: Transpose @ the Barbican

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).

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)”

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”

Disabled at Uni: 1. Applying to study

Introducing the Disabled at Uni series This covers a number of aspects of the disabled student experience, serving as advice and guidance on studying as a disabled student, the support that’s out there, and how to access it. Applying to study Disabled Students’ Allowance Before your course begins (and who’s there to help) Accomodation, socialContinue reading “Disabled at Uni: 1. Applying to study”

Adaption = grief + pragmatism

For me, the hardest thing about living with progressive impairment rather than the static impairment I hoped I had is that shifting relationship with the ground. Just as I know what I can do, and what I can expect, this is thrown into relief by a new problem cropping up out of nowhere. I thoughtContinue reading “Adaption = grief + pragmatism”