Category: Life

Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you see it

Two of our writers reflect on their experiences of hidden impairments or conditions and on the impact of becoming visibly disabled. Rebecca Shewell on how life changed when she suddenly became visibly disabled. I have lived with my condition, Congenital Dislocation of the Hip, since I was born and prior to recent surgery to reconstruct my … Continue reading Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you see it

Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you don’t

Erin Stewart on the judgements and misjudgements people make about those living with conditions which are not visibly apparent. Sometimes you can note the shadows and sadness behind the eyes of a person with depression, or the wringing, agitated hands of someone with anxiety, but there is no sure sign. Mental illnesses have no physical … Continue reading Visibility, invisibility: two sides of the disability coin… now you don’t

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD): A User Guide to Adulthood

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD): A User Guide to Adulthood

Penny Gotch finds shared experience in this guide to growing up with autism. Although I had heard of Luke Jackson, I had not – and still haven't – read his first book Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome. So when I sat down with his latest I did so with no preconceived notions of Jackson and his … Continue reading Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD): A User Guide to Adulthood

Lessons from Down Under on youth suicide prevention

Lessons from Down Under on youth suicide prevention

Youth suicide is a huge issue not just in the UK but globally. Erin Stewart reports on much needed initiatives in Australia where young people are taking and giving each other control to guard against actions which can leave behind devastating consequences. Studies from the World Health Organization show that suicide is the second leading … Continue reading Lessons from Down Under on youth suicide prevention

Lego builds on #ToyLikeMe

Lego builds on #ToyLikeMe

Journalist and co-founder of the viral online #ToyLikeMe campaign, Rebecca Atkinson talks about taking on the global toy giants Lego, the need for positive disability representation and gives us the #ToyLikeMe top five Christmas disability representative stocking stuffers! Never mind Barbie and her cinched waist and impossible body dimensions, how can you find toys this … Continue reading Lego builds on #ToyLikeMe