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    Disability Awareness

    What an interesting week it’s been. First, a festival, then the Edinburgh Fringe, then a day of Masquerade Ball promotion. As much as this week has been varied, there was definitely a common theme of disability awareness.You know what it’s like when you go to a festival.   Read More...

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    More Disabled Than We Actually Are

    Do you ever have those days where you feel more disabled than others? A stupid question really, especially for those of you who aren’t disabled. There’s always going to be stuff you can’t do, like opening the fridge because your wheels get in the way.   Read More...

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    Equality, Integration and Multi-Morbidity

    If you’re disabled, you’ll know that almost every professional has a tendency to assign any problem you may have to your disability. You go to the doctors with a common cold and it’s automatically a symptom of cerebral palsy. Essentially, it’s the easiest box to tick because no further investigations need to be carried out.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: A Different Kind of Disabled

    They say I’m a different kind of disabled.So, I sit and observe. Why am I a “different kind of disabled” What sets me apart from the rest of them? I’m surrounded by people who are coaxed into doing what other people want because it’s “what’s best for you” – as if having a disability instantly removes your autonomy.   Read More...

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    It Started with Ballet Shoes

    Earlier this week, I went on a Prince's Trust business start-up course. The long and short of it is I've definitely decided this is the way forward, so watch this space. But as I was sitting there, listening to our tutor, Emily Webb, talk about how her business began: How Oarsome Grips are the product of a GCSE Design and Technology project that hasn't ended, how she was the youngest person at the time to pitch on Dragons' Den and how her childhood ambition to become a psychiatrist was overtaken...  Read More...

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    When Stardust Did Grease

    If you know anything about me, you’ll know I have a hunger for creativity and a love for anything that exudes inclusivity, integration and diversity. So, if you put me in a room where all the above are happening, I’m guaranteed to be in my element… On Thursday, I took a front row seat as Stardust Theatre Group performed their musical, Summer Nights. It was an hour filled with flair, enthusiasm and a lot of Greased Lightnin’.   Read More...

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    We Have Black People

    I heard of a tale where a Headteacher was so overjoyed when his school became home to pupils who were of African ethnicity, he would tell anyone who cared to listen, “We have black people!” In this day and age, it sounds like an utterly offensive and crazy thing to have said, especially considering it wasn’t an isolated incident. The same guy was once showing a prospective pupil around his school and he went to shake hands; which was all well and good until he realised the boy ...  Read More...

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    Nobody Died

    The unconventional days are always the best.Friday morning came with a frantic call from my friend, who whilst on holiday, had had a staffing emergency. One of her son’s PA’s had phoned in sick which meant that Bernard would be home alone, unable to eat, drink or successfully go to the loo. I knew she was struggling because she’d essentially asked someone on wheels to go and lend a hand to someone else on wheels; a blog-worthy experience if nothing else.It wasn’t until I ...  Read More...

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    Family Dynamics

    I challenge anyone to get their head around family dynamics. Every family is different. Some of them are filled with a thousand hugs and a million I love you’s whilst others run for the hills at the first sign of anything affectionate.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Don't Box Me In

    Mental Health Awareness Week. Where do I begin? One of the major hurdles of having a disability that’s so visible is there’s no escaping it.   Read More...

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    A Perfect Illustration

    Body image. A topic everyone is talking about, yet no-one is entirely comfortable talking about. Add a disability into the mix, especially one which is visible, and you’ll find yourself wheel-deep in a hot mess of insecurities.Last Wednesday I went to a photoshoot.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Cripples' Day Out

    There’s nothing stranger than how disabled people are perceived within society. Don’t get me wrong, we have come along way. We’re no longer locked up for being abnormal and I think disability awareness is becoming more common, but there’s still plenty of quirks that need to be ironed out.Last night, I was out with my friend Bertie (who’s also in a wheelchair) at the Red Herring Comedy Club at Lincoln Drill Hall.   Read More...

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    Living with a Disability

    Yesterday, my friend and I were invited to talk to Health and Social Care students about what it’s like living with a disability. This is a topic we could both talk about for hours, boring everyone to death in the process, so the students pre-planned their questions for us. They were a lovely bunch of people and they all seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say, but you what it’s like when you get chatting, we ran out of time.   Read More...

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    I Think I Might Be Going Crazy

    So, I was sitting in front of Netflix last night, chatting to my cousin about today’s blog. “Was that Chinese you’ve just had sensational enough to review?”, she said, “And how do you come up with content every few days?” In answer to her questions, I’m not sure how my ramblings are transformed into your twice-weekly entertainment. Sure, some weirdly wonderful things happen, but most of the time, the highlight of my week is a mediocre Chinese and a three...  Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness: Life is Beautiful

    Have you ever had one of those weeks where it's just been inexplicably stressful for no reason? There have been staffing issues, masquerade ball issues, and generally one hundred things to do with no time to do them in. Everybody wants you to be in a certain place at a certain time and to be in a certain mood.   Read More...

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    Stage and Screen

    So, I’m going to enter a contest called Breaking Into News. It gives people with no journalistic experience the chance to come up with an idea for a story and have it broadcast in the regional ITV News bulletin. I have to get creative and pitch my 200-word idea by 5th April.   Read More...

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    Stream of Consciousness

    Happy Sunday, Written Wheelies – I hope your week has been fabulous. I thought I’d give you an overview of my week’s experiences and the conclusions I’ve drawn from them. You might agree with me, you might not, but you’re about to enter my brain which consists of jumbled thoughts and random stories.   Read More...

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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    You know what it’s like when you first move out of your family home. You suddenly realise that clothes don’t wash themselves, beds don’t make themselves, and boiling an egg is a hell of a lot trickier than you thought. Everyone goes through the stage when they live off beans on toast for months before they get to the point when a trip to Ikea is the most exciting thing imaginable.   Read More...

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