I know I have more care and support than many people with my level of impairment, although I work and I am driven to make a bigger contribution to society because that is who I am, rather than anything I have chosen.
How can society understand we disabled people can have amazing, happy, fulfilling lives if all they see is coverage of the joy of being cured? I know from my own life, and the lives of so many of my disabled friends, that being disabled is no barrier to a rich life and I just wish the media showed that too.
To visit an uncharted territory and experience new things, I honestly think enriches us in so many ways. Whilst some people find excuses not to venture far (whether disabled or not), others seek adrenaline and greater personal growth. Whilst we're all different and entitled to our individual preferences; here's my top tips for disabled travellers looking to reach new horizons.
Gender labelling is unnecessary and needs to be addressed. Society has many problems, but it is an accumulation of small but damaging concepts that need to change for the better.
Being a disabled person can be so exhausting. Even just to get out of bed we have to prove the case for necessary funding, equipment, facilities (accessible housing) and manage a team of people. All before breakfast!
The BBC's head of entertainment Danny Cohen insisted that he will put an end to all-male comedy panel shows, but I'm not entirely convinced its for the right reasons. Will the booking of more female panelists be seen as an honest recognition of the person's ability or simply an attempt to appease a growing movement?
Please, give me horrible, cruel, selfish, nihilistic female characters. Give me a female version of Rust Cohle. When I talk about good female characters I'm not asking for a paragon of virtue. That's the last thing I want.
I have never seen so much confusion surrounding a campaign than 'No More Page 3' (NMP3). Yes, I am young and not world weary, but as a supporter of the cause I have certainly grown weary of the misconceptions and the false assumptions about what the organisers are saying. So I propose to tell you exactly what the campaign is NOT...
I knew once mother hit retirement age I would become a family carer. So I lived my life - went to university, socialised and partied hard, travelled the world and met interesting people. Whether in local politics, national conventions or international conferences I have made my voice heard whether people wanted to hear or not.
So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.
It is wonderful to see how much more confident young disabled people are today as they expect equality and rightly so. But in reality, these young people are not out and about in society yet. As a disabled adult, it is very hard to get a job, and very hard to access benefits. In fact, I would say that many disabled people in the UK still feel like second-class citizens. I am still shocked that for many people I meet, I am the first disabled person that they know. And often they start out with lots of negative stereotypes. I think that although we are definitely in a better position than we were twenty years ago, we are still fighting society's attitudes towards us.
What needs to happen, as with any dysfunctional family, is more conversation, and a bit less grumpy-teenager-grunting from both sides. Those women who identify as feminists need to avoid being dismissive of those who don't. It's time to realise that a lack of engagement is often to do with your failures, not theirs.
My name is Jayden Ray Billington, up until 24 February 2014, I was known as Charlea Louise Billington, a daughter to my mother and father and a sister to my two siblings. I decided after a nearly 24 year battle that it was time to come out and openly be who I am.
People often approach the issue of gay rights (if one can even call it an issue) from the "doing the right thing" perspective, meaning that supporting the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people is the right thing to do because everyone should be free to be who they are without facing discrimination of any kind.
Within 48 hours this hugely powerful, influential organisation has turned the clock back to a form of a self-obsessed medieval barbarism that beggars belief. I guess no-one at World Vision USA has ever met a suicidal gay teen who labours under the heavy weight of guilt and shame this $1billion a year business foists upon them.
Tattoos are still under attack from the public even though there an estimated 20 million tats in Britain. Mandy Townsend believes it's time to rebel against this age old prejudice