Wheelchair users often get some strange looks from able-bodied people. Especially if they create a miracle in the supermarket by rising from their chair to reach the higher shelves. Or by getting up and walking to a table in a restaurant. People use wheelchairs for a variety of purposes. Some people can walk, but not far.… Continue reading Some wheelchair users do and some wheelchair users don’t.
Before my disabled son came into my life I was blissfully unaware of all the difficulties some parents have in getting their children’s needs met. I assumed that the right wheelchairs were provided when needed. I assumed that the right school places were available. I assumed therapy needs were met. Then along came Adam! You might… Continue reading EHCPs – our reality!
Am I worth less than you? Do I not matter? Do I not have a place in this world? I wake every day and want to do the same things as you. I want to go to the same places as you. I want to live a good life. I want to fit in. I… Continue reading When did things change?
How badly do some places want to keep disabled people out? How much will they spend to do so? Will it be more than it would cost to just enable us to come in? These are the questions currently going through my mind. My son is eleven years old and a full time wheelchair user.… Continue reading Keeping Us Out.
Breaking up is never easy, but this one really hurts. I could never imagine me not loving Disney, but, right now, all the happy memories are tainted by my new understanding of just how little my disabled son means to such a major organisation, and I feel bad for loving it so. Of all the… Continue reading My Disney Divorce.
I know that you mean well by adding your new sign to the toilet doors but I want you to understand just how hurtful it is to my son. It must be terrible to have people look at you with judgement in their eyes simply because they don’t think you look “disabled enough” to use… Continue reading Dear Tesco,
The ‘Equality Bus’ is not coming. It broke down many miles away and no new service is planned. All those who wished to board are asked to wait patiently. There are plans to consider getting it moving at some point, but probably not this year. Maybe not next year either – it is, after all, a complicated business! I keep… Continue reading Good things do not come to those who wait, and wait, and wait…