I am lucky that I had my husband and kids to keep me going, along with the confidence to go out to meet other people in the civilian world to talk about my work and gather some support. Others aren't so lucky, and these are the people I really worry about.
Arts Emergency, a charity of which I donate to monthly, is an organisation of volunteers, contacts and thinkers who believe - correctly - that there should be no barriers put in the way of people who want to study or work in art and humanity related subjects.
Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Since leaving my job at Scope, I've concentrated on lifestyle content. My view has been the world is so much better for disabled people. With financial investment for care support, equipment/technology and living adaptions; disabled people finally could aspire to more in life.
Clearly, Irish law is massively out of step with majority opinion. So, what if the Irish government offered the chance to vote on this in the same way they did with same sex marriage? If these poll results are anything to go by, then the current Irish abortion laws would be torn up and thrown into the rubbish bin, where they belong. At the root of all of this is the basic human right to control and make decisions about one's own body. Whichever party, or coalition, governs Ireland following recent elections, one thing is clear: amending the abortion laws in that country must be the absolute first priority.
It's Disabled Access Day on 12 March and I thought I would share my thoughts on why disability access matters so much in the struggle for disability equality. This nationwide event encourages disabled people to visit somewhere they wouldn't normally go.
The xl programme not only helped me realise what I'm good at but it also showed me how to apply that to my school work and ultimately my future career. What it really gave me was ambition. Now I'm going to college and training to be a childcare assistant. I've been given a second chance with a solid foundation for my future. I'll always be thankful for that.
Childhood is supposed to be a time of play, being carefree and happily learning about the world. Fortunately for most people, it is. But for a percentage of young people, their upbringing doesn't fit this model and instead it becomes a steep learning curve, with harsh lessons to absorb along the way.
My start in life wasn't a very easy one. I was born prematurely with a complex blood disorder and placed into foster care. The treatment I received for my condition meant that I had to travel a lot and also ruled out the possibility of medicating my ADHD...
How we communicate sustainability and sustainability related issues are crucial. Getting it right can mean having real positive impact and driving ch...
Maya showed me that any of us can be a refugee at some point in our lives. Any of us can lose everything we have, leave behind everything we know, suffer loss, face obstacles, experience struggle. But as long as we come together in support of one another, love and humanity will prevail.
With a name like Rosa perhaps you'd think she has no choice - her namesakes Rosa Parks and Luxemburg were two revolutionary heroines in the fight for global justice and equality. But becoming a mum has given me further reasons for wanting to make sure my baby (and her dad) attended the Walk in Her Shoes rally and march on Sunday 6 March - my very first mother's day as Mum.
A report published today with the respected WWF, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts makes a considered case for EU membership and finds that - on balance- we should vote to remain in a reformed European Union. To put it simply, we need to be part of the pack if we're going to have a say on the big, environmental matters.
Mind have launched their "Take Off The Tape" Campaign which focusses on Anxiety; their website states "Do you talk about what's most worrying you? Or do you keep your mouth shut about things that make you anxious?... Stop being silenced by your anxiety".
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.
Each individual jeer or catcall might appear trivial, depending on your viewpoint. But they accumulate. They make a bigger statement about a woman's place, about who is permitted to comment on her body and its desirability, about what she's in the world for, and what's waiting for her if she puts a foot wrong.