Each month I write an opinion column for The Falkirk Herald newspaper. I write about all sorts of things from what I’ve been getting up to, my travels, my day-to-day life, thoughts on accessibility and more. For last months column, I wrote about my childhood, growing up with a disability and the lack of inclusive toys compared to the range of inclusive toys on the market nowadays. [Read more…] about Disabled Barbie Dolls & Inclusive Toys Promote Social Inclusion
Job hunting can be one of the most daunting and frustrating things for anyone to do. When you have a disability, it can be even more difficult with extra challenges and barriers. Thankfully there are schemes in places to help as well as specialist equipment, legislation and improved employer attitudes and awareness. These can help when finding a job with a disability. [Read more…] about Finding A Job With A Disability: My Employment Story | AD
I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting condition which mainly affects my arms and legs. This means I can’t lift my arms, have zero strength, no trunk control and unable to walk. I use a powered wheelchair and require the support of carers for most aspects of my daily life. My disability not only affects me, but it also affects those closest to me. T [Read more…] about Being In An Interabled Relationship: Q&A With My Caregiving Boyfriend
For the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a Naidex Ambassador. Naidex is Europe’s largest disability event and exhibition which takes place every year at Birmingham NEC. This was my first time at Naidex as I was unable to attend last year. So I was looking forward to finally making it this year.
Disabled Access Day 2019 took place this past weekend and I was excited to support the event by visiting Stirling Castle. Historic Scotland hired a Mobiloo for Stirling Castle’s disabled access day event, so it was great to go along as a Mobiloo ambassador and support their amazing work on such a special day. [Read more…] about Stirling Castle Wheelchair Accessible Review | Disabled Access Day With Mobiloo
When I write about my disability and what it’s like living with Muscular Dystrophy, it is always from my perspective. My disability not only affects me, but it also affects my family and those closest to me. For a long time now I’ve wanted to get my family’s perspective on my disability and what better way to start off than by asking my parents. [Read more…] about Parenting A Child With Muscular Dystrophy | Q&A With My Parents
I remember the first time Allan spoke to me. It was two days before my 21st birthday and the day after I had been out with my sister and some friends for dinner and drinks. [Read more…] about Disability, Sex & Dating As A Wheelchair User
Going to the cinema to see the latest big blockbuster should be an enjoyable experience for everyone. The range of movies on offer means you are guaranteed to find something that interests you regardless of your age or whether you are alone or with friends and family. However, it seems like disabled people are finding it more difficult to enjoy the cinema experience or even go at all due to the lack of accessibility. [Read more…] about Accessibility In Cinemas: How Wheelchair Friendly Are Cinemas?
Having a disability always sparks some curiosity from other people whether we have just met or have known each other for years. I’m used to people asking me questions and as my condition progresses, it means my needs and abilities are changing which leads to more questions and general curiosities. [Read more…] about 5 Things I Do Differently Living With Muscular Dystrophy
Okay, admittedly I am not a regular viewer of Strictly Come Dancing. However, I have been keeping up to date with the latest news on its disabled contestants this year, Para-triathlete Lauren Steadman and acid attack victim Katie Piper. Last year there was Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, who was also featured in the top ten Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 (which I was also featured in eek). [Read more…] about Strictly Come Dancing Showcase Inclusive Routine With Disabled Dancers