The internet is one of our greatest inventions - a powerful tool that children and young people can use to learn, to express themselves and explore the world around them. However, protecting them from the risks they might face online or on their phones is vital. You wouldn't let your child go off to meet a stranger or put themselves in a risky situation - and the same rules apply to the online world. Some children are visiting adult chatrooms, viewing inappropriate content and in some cases being bullied by peers or even - in extreme situations - radicalised, and we need to protect them from these risks.
My dad was good at introducing the subject matter of mental health without directly asking me to talk about it. He would speak to me generally about mental health in a way that was inviting but not intrusive, which was massively helpful in encouraging me to open up. Now today we are supporting each other through training for the London Marathon for Heads Together. As we encourage and motivate one another, guide our way through the difficult and hopefully fun times of training we will together cross the finish line once again.
The Government must scrap this terrible ESA cut and focus instead on improving the accuracy of the assessment process, so that people with Parkinson's and other conditions get the right support first time and are not bullied into work inappropriately.
The only thing I can remember with a disabled character whilst growing up in the 80s was the TV show Ironside, but that was it to be honest. I sadly can't say that much has improved since my childhood to Haider's childhood today. The representation of disability is still not there and, when it is, people are often misrepresented.
The mark of a civilised and fair society is that it recognises collective responsibility. That there are basic rights to which everyone is entitled. And that means we should create support networks for those who are unable to work because of sickness or disability, and help for everyone who wants to work.
I read a thoughtful and persuasive article the other day, headlined "Nobody dreams of being homeless". It was about aspiration versus reality; the thi...
During the row, which I still am incredulous about, the cyclist decried: "I thought disabled people were all nice", following my protestations that by blocking my exit from my car he was in fact discriminating against me. True story.
I don't want to read books that treat disability as a tragedy, putting the stories in the same category as books about child abuse or people dying from cancer. Books where the disabled character dies aren't terrible, but they can't be the only type out there.
Dan and Emily White are the co-creators of The Department of Ability, a comic book that tells the story of a gang of five physically disabled superheroes who use their disabilities to save the world. The comic was born when they noticed that not only was there a huge shortage of relevant heroes for Emily to look up to, but also a significant lack of positive representation of disabled people in the media and in literature.
I hope that I am a person who can enjoy and contribute to a healthy debate. I believe that if I do not understand or agree with someone, I would try to break down the issue to establish the heart of the matter. I hate when people make sweeping statements and are then unwilling and unable to explain them further.
We need to offer young carers more across the country. We have long known of the heavy toll being a carer takes on children, something backed up by research published recently to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.
The emotional torment of fleeing your home is not easy to describe. I remember arriving at London Heathrow airport like it was yesterday. It was a freezing cold December night and I could not think straight. I felt so sad and guilty at leaving my parents behind. But equally I was happy and relieved to be in a safe place. I never wanted to leave Syria. I never thought that, some four years later, I would have a new life in Yorkshire. What makes someone abandon their home and travel over land and sea for a better future? In recent days, there has been so much focus on refugees around the world. I am a 'refugee'. But first and foremost, I am a person.
At University I vividly recall sitting in the library reading Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden (1911). Not long after I started, I stumbled upon the following lines: 'He's a hunchback, and he's horrid...[if] it'd be another hunchback like him...it'd better die.'
Surely publishers are missing a trick and it just makes good business sense for writers and authors to broaden their horizons and include disabled people in their stories - after all the purple pound is worth £248 billion a year.
It can be daunting to know where to start when it comes to making more sustainable fashion choices. And in case you're about to write this article off as frivolous, let me quickly tell you why this is such an important topic.
There's very few emails I dislike receiving. I love my job! However there's also only a few emails that I get extremely excited about. One of those such occasions was being invited to visit Mallorca at the end of last year.