I live in a part of London not well-served by accessible public transport. My commute would take over two hours each way and involve three buses, as no local tube stations are accessible. Trying to get on a bus as a wheelchair user in rush hour - especially when so many have unreliable ramps - is often an impossible task.
I believe now is the time to stop whooping about awareness and take some real actions. Pride in disability identity might be a step, or innovatively defending disability rights another. We the disabled community would love to see everyone with the spirit and audacity to accost and confront the weary awareness trope and begin taking substantive steps.
In the next few hours the debate over the future of Employment and Support Allowance will be decided. The impact on many disabled people could be significant. The government's defeat in the House of Lords on Monday offered disabled people at risk of losing as much as £30 a week in benefit support, a temporary reprieve.
As we move into 2016 the charity sector requires renewed leadership that harnesses the innovative ideas that exist across the different causes that we champion. For me, I will be working closely with other disability and social care charities to ensure that 2016 is the year in which innovation helps to end institutionalisation for disabled people.
For anyone who has an impairment that impacts on their ability get around easily, the concept of access is so much more than just getting into a place. Sure a world with as many ramps as steps would be a dream, but we also need what I would consider obvious, provision like toilets we can easily get into and use without endangering our safety.
The children's entertainment enterprise is a thriving industry with studies showing that 70% of children (between the ages of 0-8) spend their time watching nearly 2 hours of TV a day. The comic book industry is a multi billion-dollar enterprise with many popular annual events like Comic Con being dedicated to comic book fans and enthusiast alike.