On 20 June 2012 I lost my guide dog and my independence - all in the space of one horrific day. The dog attack incident that I experienced is still in my memory.
The reality is that autistic people are dying far too young. A large study from Sweden has found that, on average, autistic people die 16 years younger than the general population. Autistic people are at increased risk of death from almost every possible cause.
I've been fortunate enough to never have to experience the fear of not knowing where I am going to sleep each night, I had a safe, secure and loving childhood and more importantly somewhere that I could always call home. Unfortunately, today, not every child can say the same.
Sleep is something we all have in common - it's one of humanity's great unifiers. It binds us to one another, to our ancestors, to our past, and to the future. No matter who we are or where we are in the world and in our lives, we share a common need for sleep. And right now, we're in a sleep crisis... At the same time, in the last four decades, science has validated much of the ancient wisdom about the importance of sleep. We've made incredible discoveries about all the things going on in our brains and our bodies while we're sleeping...
HIV shouldn't have the stigma that it has. Visiting Body and Soul has made me proud that I'm involved with Sport Relief. I'm incredibly grateful that I can help. People can live with it and be incredible. It's definitely opened my eyes that much wider and opened my mind that much further.
Yesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne, unveiled his latest budget and Jeremy Corbyn took the Prime Minister to task on his clean energy policies. We are looking at a sugar tax, a new theatre in Merseyside, and more cuts but what did yesterday's parliamentary business tell us about the environment?
As announced on Wednesday in the Budget, Samaritans has been awarded £3.5million over three years to develop round the clock online support and peer support training for military personnel, veterans and their families. The money is from the Libor fund, set up following the rate-fixing issue, where fines paid by the banks were passed on to the voluntary sector to fund specific projects. The idea is that for anyone struggling, help is just one click away.
When Comic Relief asked me to visit Zambia last year, my initial feelings were a complete mix. I was excited to experience a culture and environment that I had never seen first-hand before, and I jumped at the opportunity to witness in person the life-changing work of Comic Relief.
Today, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will be making changes to the disability benefits. These are going to make many disabled people's lives harder. It is a very worrying and uncertain time for disabled people, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet.
The Chancellor's Budget provides one of the set piece events of the parliamentary calendar. The anticipation, the lobbying and the commentary, combine to reveal one of the great theatrical political shows.
Here in Uganda, the general attitude towards people living with a disability is negative. They are called "'Kateyemba'", meaning 'The Unable One', suggesting they can't help themselves. It's a nickname that instils a sense of hopelessness in a person. In the African culture, if you bear a child with disability it seems like a curse. Parents ask, "What did I do to deserve such a child?"
Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.
We know that it costs more to live in our society if you're disabled but all too often the most vulnerable people are the ones hit hardest by the Government's spending cuts.
When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...
Today is World Consumer Rights Day. But since this awareness day started back in 1983, there has been a group of consumers that are continually overlooked. That group is disabled consumers, and while the Government puts their spending power at over £200billion a year, rarely are goods and services developed with them in mind.
Syrian women's participation in building peace is not just about seats in Geneva but must reach out to a broad and diverse range of women's groups working with Syrian women affected by the conflict, providing both humanitarian assistance and long-term support to help women's economic and social participation. Simply put, stronger women build stronger nations.