Being the father of a child with a disability has profoundly challenged me. But it has also profoundly changed me. It has even led to being the first leader of a political party in the UK to job share, with our MP Caroline Lucas, so I can continue to support, love, and learn from, my son. It has changed my idea of being a father. But also what is means to love. How we define success. My values. My outlook. And with my hand on my heart, I am convinced I am the richer for it.
The liberal media are as guilty of post-truth as anyone else, particularly focusing on people with impairments as a part of the new poor only they can protect from 'Trumpmania'. Post-truth is a central part of the general car crash of politics and society internationally we are currently witnessing, where people with impairments have particularly become a part of the casualty list.
You have no control over so many things when you lose your vision, which is particularly painful for a control freak like me. Even simple things like making toast can be a challenge - I've buttered quite a few kitchen worktops in my time!
I will wear what I want and my confidence will go through the roof too, and I think everyone should be able to think like this. So walk, roll if you're a wheelchair user, or like me, waddle slowly with a big grin on your face, wear what you want and be body proud.
This Thursday is the fourth anniversary of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Dhaka Bangladesh. All of the garment workers were on an overtime shift to complete an urgent order when the fire alarm sounded, but managers ordered them to carry on working.
Since becoming a disability rights campaigner, I have realised that my disability is the most important part of my personal identity, to me personally. So why can't I show that pride, that importance, by calling myself a disabled person with the same ease with which I call myself a woman or a Muslim?
There is a saying that goes "when you educate a girl, you educate a nation". And research by Unicef indeed shows that investing in girls and empowering them to reach their full potential is critical for overcoming cycles of intergenerational poverty*. Yet today around the world girls and women still face significant barriers to social and economic empowerment.
We still have work to do. Alan left enormous shoes to fill. But we're heading some way to living up to his legacy. Bringing the benefits of the digital age to those who need it most, by creating training and volunteering opportunities in the UK and promoting the transition towards a circular economy in Scotland whilst improving access to education in rural African communities.
It is a great honour to be with you here this evening for these very special Place2Be Awards. Tonight, we are celebrating the truly remarkable work taking place across Place2Be schools in support of children's mental health. Without many of the inspiring people gathered here this evening, countless children would not receive the transformational support in their schools. It is because of so many of you, that in their time of need, children have the help, care and attention that will get them through tough times in their lives.
I'm trying to start a campaign to get better support for disabled employers but in order to do this I need your help! I'm looking for people to share their experiences of problems with carers hired through a budget of any kind and how you went about dealing with it. I want to know if you had support or if you didn't, what support you would have found helpful. You will be kept anonymous if you prefer.
Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.
It's Disability History Month and the theme this year is disability and language. It's amazing what impact someone's language can have on others, and it has me thinking about how impactful people's words and actions can be.
Dear Mr. Trump - First, we would like to congratulate you on finally taking the White House throne for the next four years. By defeating the Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, many would agree that your success in earning the title Commander in Chief marks as an astonishing event in the history of US presidential elections.
One issue that affects us daily is a lack of fully accessible toilets, which is why we campaign for Changing Places toilets. Something in all honesty, we shouldn't have to campaign or fight for. We invest so much of our little spare time trying to convince Scottish companies to do the right thing,
I realised that fashion is at an exciting turning point whilst watching a documentary at 35,000 feet on a flight. In this, the matriarch of fashion and US VOGUE editor, Anna Wintour looked me straight in the eyes and told me that "Fashion is a reflection of our times".
I made the switch almost 2 years ago, and as I've explained before my trigger was the True Cost Movie. Upon making my decision to start being more sustainable, I began reading and learning everything I could do to make a positive impact.