Sarah Ismail

Physically disabled. Female. Journalist.

Physically disabled since birth, today my journalism focuses on all disabilities and all disability issues. I also write about other differences and celebrate progress in human rights.
Why Doesn't This Straight Couple Want To Be Like Everyone Else When They

Why Doesn't This Straight Couple Want To Be Like Everyone Else When They Can?

Personally, I can't understand why they would want to have a civil partnership in the first place. They have no idea of the struggle people in same sex relationships faced to be allowed to get married. Many people in same sex relationships did not see civil partnerships as a positive thing. Civil partnerships were their compromise when they could not have marriage by law.
22/02/2017 16:06 GMT
Why Throw Sympathy Out Of Windows When Disabled People Act

Why Throw Sympathy Out Of Windows When Disabled People Act 'Normal?'

I wonder what that reader found surprising about those two short, funny sentences. Was it that Penny Pepper, as a person, has misused disabled toilets? Was it that Penny Pepper, as a disabled person herself, has misused disabled toilets? Or - and this would be worse, in my opinion- was it that Penny Pepper, as a disabled person, has ever had 'a shag' at all?
09/01/2017 17:10 GMT
Review: Muslims Like

Review: Muslims Like Us

I came away from the programme very glad that I had watched it. I recommend it highly, to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I thought it had something for everyone. Every viewer will find something about the programme either enjoyable, educational or both.
14/12/2016 12:31 GMT
Why I'm Deeply Disappointed With Eastenders' Ian

Why I'm Deeply Disappointed With Eastenders' Ian Beale

I am deeply disappointed that Eastenders, a national institution with such a great record in positive disability representation, and so much power over its audience, has covered such an important disability issue so negatively. In two minutes of storyline, it has done the exact opposite of everything I work hard to do every day.
01/12/2016 15:45 GMT
Gender And Assumptions On London's Public Transport

Gender And Assumptions On London's Public Transport System

Picture the scene. Two young women, one of them disabled, board a crowded train in London, holding hands. Instantly, at least one person gets up. Instantly, the disabled young woman gets a seat. If the two are lucky, as they usually are, two people will get up and her friend will get a seat, too.
29/11/2016 13:54 GMT
Disability And Description: Disabled People Or People With

Disability And Description: Disabled People Or People With Disabilities?

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?
24/11/2016 17:25 GMT
CBBC Sparks Debate For Programme Featuring Transgender

CBBC Sparks Debate For Programme Featuring Transgender Child

As a person who has been disabled since birth, the negative reactions to Cerrie Burnell at the time outraged me. As a person who strongly believes that children should be taught about all differences from as early an age as possible, I am all for the BBC showing <em>Just A Girl.</em> If I had a daughter, I would be proud to let her watch the show. In fact, I would highly recommend it to her.
30/10/2016 21:40 GMT
The Power Of

The Power Of Words

The language lover in me was very upset at the idea of a positive word being turned upside down, at least in the eyes of many benefit claimants. Sadly, as a person who has been disabled since birth, this is not the first time I've seen positive, or harmless, words used to mean something negative
26/10/2016 17:16 BST