#Disabilities

Back When I 'Just Knew'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

That's not easy to come to terms with. I love Brody with all my heart and I know that everything happens for a reason. But sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was. No diagnosis means no prognosis after all. Still, having others to talk to who can relate really helps. It can make you feel less isolated in a world of unknowns.

Products SEND Parents REALLY Want!

Laura Rutherford | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

My friend and I often joke that if we were entrepreneurial enough, we'd set up a store for the disabled community with an array of products at affordable prices. Someone is missing a trick! There are so many products not on store shelves that I know would sell! And why are we so often ripped off?

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

The Lack Of Answers When Your Child Is Undiagnosed

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Or at least if they don't know the answers straight away, they will in the end. It's not easy to process the reality that they can't always figure things out. That there are unknowns and sometimes - no matter how many tests - some syndromes are so rare they are a needle-in-a-haystack hard to find.

Disability Is No Barrier To Smart Tech Success

Niall El-Assaad | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Tech
Niall El-Assaad

There are an estimated two million disabled drivers in the UK, so I am far from the first one to experience these frustrations, and things are far worse for people without even my level of mobility. If you can't get out of your car then you simply have to drive from station to station trying to find one where the staff can help you, hoping that you don't run out of petrol before you get there.

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

Laura Rutherford | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

But it's also oh so bittersweet, like so many things, because I think of how easy she has it compared to our five year old son, Brody, who struggles to tell us what he wants constantly because of a learning disability and autism.

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

Sensory Processing Disorder Is Unpredictable

Laura Rutherford | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

It was only as time moved on -- when we realised that Brody had various disabilities and I had the opportunity to meet more doctors, therapists and mums walking similar paths-- that I discovered sensory issues was a thing. And that it was known to many as sensory processing disorder (SPD).

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

Amanda Elias | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.

Since Appearing On The Undateables I Have Gained Genuine Confidence

Jamie Marsden | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Marsden

A conversation with someone I find attractive is no longer made up of me stuttering. It is made up of coherent words and feelings. I have not only set sail on my journey into the dating world, but also learned how to swim in the social world.

Acceptance

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Now that Brody is nearly 5, I have finally got used to the fact that Global Development Delay (GDD) doesn't mean "may catch up" for us. It's forever. And because he is still primarily undiagnosed, despite an autism and epilepsy diagnosis (as well as a few others), GDD seems to be moving on to a new "catch all" term - learning disability.

Caught Up In Conflict, Children With Disabilities Must Be Helped

Tanya Barron | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

And today, as conflicts and crises rage around the world, it's disabled children in affected areas who are among those most at risk. Often the first to be left behind and the last to have their needs met in chaotic emergency situations, children with disabilities face unprecedented adversity in conflicts.

I Never Imagined That One Day I Would Wake Up Sick, And Never Get Better

Natasha Coates | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Coates

May 27, 2013. A date I will never forget. The day I suffered a life threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. My throat swelled, my oxygen levels were dangerously low and if it wasn't for the proactive medics around me, I would have died.

Why Our Families Are Really Not Welcome At Scottish Events

Laura Rutherford | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

One issue that affects us daily is a lack of fully accessible toilets, which is why we campaign for Changing Places toilets. Something in all honesty, we shouldn't have to campaign or fight for. We invest so much of our little spare time trying to convince Scottish companies to do the right thing,

Boosting Medical Morale By Caring For The Carers

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.

Bionic Man: Discover The 'USB Connector' For The Disabled

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Their invention is a permanently integrated smart device that will act as the interface between the limb and any prosthesis, i.e the connector between a patient's soft-tissue or neural systems and their bionic device.

'That Midget Freak On The Advert Is Putting Me Off Ever Eating Chocolate!'

Samantha Renke | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

I was shocked and upset by the comments, however, I am not by any means naïve to the world of trolling or online bullying. I know that no-one is exempt these days. If you are LGBTQ, BAME, a feminist, a politician or even a Kardashian, you are left vulnerable to online attacks.

Bullying, Disability, And School

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Fadhil is a 10-year old boy who lives in a small village on the outskirts of Pontianak in West Kalimantan. He has never been anywhere during his lifet...

Why Isn't This News Worthy?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

It's actually quite depressing how little the world cares about accessibility and accessible toilets. There are so many campaigners doing all that they can to encourage and promote Changing Places and Space To Change facilities.

What's In A Word?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Words can be powerful. They can bring joy. One word can change someone's day - life even. But in the same speed in which they can bring happiness, the...

Autism: Can't We Just Be Reasonable?

Oli Monks | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?

Paralympian Who Plays Table Tennis Without Arms Hailed ‘Legend’ By Team GB Athlete

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK

He may not have actually won a match yet at Rio but a Paralympian who plays table tennis without arms has been hailed as a “legend” for his sheer ...

TFL Trials New Badges For Passengers With Disabilities And Invisible Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

TFL is recruiting volunteers to trial new badges for passengers with disabilities and invisible conditions to wear on the Underground. Currently Trans...

The 'Special Needs Price Tag'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you hate the special needs price tag as much as I do, please shout about it. Please make businesses aware that this is unacceptable. Please be part of making the change that we all need. Be bold. And be loud! Use people power. Use social media. Shout from the rooftops of Twitter and Facebook.

We Need To Expand The Emoji Selection To Accurately Represent People with Disabilities

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Tech
Damiano La Rocca

So if we accept that emojis are now part of our everyday language and are here to stay, then the need for more diverse emojis is the natural progression of a language that is continuously evolving.