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    Lucky Draw

    Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The benefit that was brought in to replace Disability Living Allowance. The benefit that supposedly makes living with a disability easier.   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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    London: Solo Style

    The beauty of finding your independence is that you push boundaries, hope for the best and, in general, wing it. On Saturday, I went to London – solo style.The problem with me is I can’t say “no” to anything, so when I received an invitation to participate in a research project which is run by University College London, in collaboration with National Children’s Bureau, the answer was obviously “yes”. I love the work NCB do, and any research project that&...  Read More...

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    Giraffes, Bus Stops and Idiots

    So, it’s a Wednesday afternoon (Thursday evening by the time you read this), it’s raining in the same way that it has done all week and I have nothing interesting to say. Since we last spoke, I have written and replied to emails, sorted out my abysmal finances, and attended meetings. I mean, the meetings were productive, but there’s nothing to report on just yet.   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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