disability rights

Perhaps surprisingly, mania and anxiety can produce great work and spark creativity. Some of the greatest names through history, in terms of discovery and changing the world around us, had a mental health disorder or a learning disability or sometimes both - Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Charles Darwin.
Analysis today shows that at as a result of Tory cuts, disabled people will have to wait 201 years for train stations across the country to be made accessible. Although the government said they were "committed to ensuring that disabled people have equal access to transport services and opportunities to travel", they have cut 42% of the funding for the Access for All scheme to make stations accessible. As a disabled person who relies on public transport, my life has been put on hold by these cuts.
Any campaign for women's reproductive rights means pragmatically little if it is not intersectional in its approach - if it excludes a whole segment of the population it purports to assist. It is imperative that we continuously include the unique experiences and needs of disabled women within our advocacy.
everybody banner "Well you don't look disabled," said the toilet guard lady. We were at a Belgian motorway service area that had only one disabled loo. I'd opened the door, but not quickly enough. The toilet guard, abandoning her saucer of 50-cent coins, swooped.
everybody banner I turned around to see Charlie crouched on the floor of the empty pub. I laughed and asked her what she was doing down there. She grinned as she got up and said that there was a loud noise. Charlie, one of my adopted children, was 19 and had been momentarily alarmed by a loud burst of music from the pub next to the one in which we were being served.
In the UK it costs on average £550 pcm more to live if you are disabled and prejudice remains quite common. Indeed many commentators
Whilst this might seem a strange title for a blog on disability, I count myself incredibly lucky to have had a hidden disability all of my adult life. If I had to choose between invisible and visible, I would choose invisible every time. Why, you ask? It stops the questions. It stops the pity. It stops people thinking you are 'less' of a person because you are in some way deficient.
Imagine how they must feel to know that their brothers and sisters don't have to wear a nappy, or that their friends know they are wearing one. Imagine their embarrassment when they have to relieve themselves in a nappy, it must be so degrading.
And it is a sad fact that children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be denied a school education. This has historically been an under prioritised area by the development sector, but with UK leadership this is starting to change. Sport can be a powerful tool to empower people with disabilities in developing countries; helping to tackle stigma and discrimination.
She will not give up hope and neither can I, for we are both desperate to be seen and be loved as ourselves, to remain unbound by the prejudices and obstacles others may wish to shackle us with, and to see a change that is so needed.