#Disabilities

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 14.11.2016 | 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 31.08.2016 | 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 29.07.2016 | 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.

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Laura Rutherford | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.

Simple Things That Help SEND Parents

Laura Rutherford | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

There are many things I could list that make life for me that little bit easier as a SEND parent - from Firefly shopping trolley seats and adequate Ch...

Why We Need Supermarkets to Sell Bigger Nappies

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When you have a baby one of the many things you don't expect to use indefinitely is nappies. You look in to the not so distance future and envisage *the joys of* potty training and eventually a nappy-free life.

Just Keep Swimming

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

What happens when he's a man and doesn't pass as "cute" anymore? He is still our beautiful baby regardless, but the world can be a cruel place. I just want to protect him from it forever.

Virtual Reality Can Make Independence For Disabled People a Reality

Kim Lawther | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

Opinions may still be divided on VR but undoubtedly this is a market that is predicted to grow as fast as smart phones and the more companies and developers that get involved, the more accessible and cheaper VR will become.

'Appalling' Undercover Film Shows Disability Benefits Assessor Calling Woman 'Too F**king Fat'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An undercover investigation has revealed "appalling" conduct at the company that assesses disabled benefits claimants, including an assessor saying a ...

Don't Leave It to Paralympians - We All Need to Do Our Bit

Debbie Lye | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

How Technology Is Transforming Disabled People's Lives

Kim Lawther | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

For years, disabled people had to rely on somebody else doing things for them. But now with the help of assistive technology, disabled people can do things that would have never been possible before - from switching on a light to having a voice to express themselves.

Mum Of Girl With Autism Writes Open Letter To Strangers Who Called Her 'Irresponsible'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mum of a three-year-old girl who has autism, pica and hypermobility syndrome has written a moving open letter to strangers who called her an "irresp...