Quick and dirty guide to inclusive terminology

Worried about saying the wrong thing? Accidentally offending someone? You're not alone. The problem is that we can avoid the subject of disability altogether rather than risk using inappropriate terminology. The most important thing is intention. Intending to be supportive and accidentally using the wrong word is more likely to be forgiven if the positive … Continue reading Quick and dirty guide to inclusive terminology

Want to learn about diversity and inclusion? 10 books to read…

Last week I was having a big old think. Do some of us only become engaged with inequalities that affect us as individuals? I was more than a little nervous suggesting this. But I got some interesting responses and BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. Something which always makes me happy. So, without further waffle, here are the 10 … Continue reading Want to learn about diversity and inclusion? 10 books to read…

Experiencing the Social Model of Disability

I don't usually talk about myself in these blogs, but I find myself in the situation of being a living example of the Social Model of Disability. This model is my preferred framework for describing "disability". In short, it suggests that people who have "impairments" (for example, sight or hearing impairments, mobility issues, neurological conditions, … Continue reading Experiencing the Social Model of Disability

Review: “Why are you pretending to be normal?”

Like most disabled people, I acquired my impairment as an adult. It is a huge adjustment for anyone to make. In some ways it is like a bereavement - you have to grieve for your old life, for the things you can no longer do and for the dreams you can no longer achieve. Only when … Continue reading Review: “Why are you pretending to be normal?”

How Accessible is Britain? We need your help!

  I'm always keen to help other social enterprises, especially those geared towards helping disabled people, and this is a great one! Stewart White runs "Accessible Britain", and I'll let him tell you all about it:   Welcome to Accessible Britain, a new and exciting organisation and website set up by disabled people for disabled … Continue reading How Accessible is Britain? We need your help!

An Essential Service for People Interested in Disability

It's really important for us at Evenbreak to keep up to date with all the current news and events regarding disabililty, and this can be very time-consuming, particularly as the media tends to have its own agenda where disability is concerned. Thankfully, there is a service which helps to keep us informed and saves time (I … Continue reading An Essential Service for People Interested in Disability

Myths around Mental Health

I found this amazing website called Time to Change, all around ending mental health discrimination through education. The site includes interesting information, case studies, a blog, and many other useful insights. I particularly liked a page looking at myths and facts, busting some common myths such as: Myth:   Mental health problems are very rare Fact:    Mental … Continue reading Myths around Mental Health

The Paralympics – good or bad for disabled people?

I fought against writing a blog about the Paralympics because I know it will cost me friends! Most have strong feelings one way or another about the Paralympics and of course expect me to agree with them. However, it's not often I sit on the fence about anything disability-related, but I really have very mixed … Continue reading The Paralympics – good or bad for disabled people?