• CP related,  Quickie Salsa,  shopping,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …something you buy regularly in the supermarket gets moved from the very top shelf to the very bottom shelf. And as you’re trying to put two packets in your basket all you can think is how much easier it was to reach it down from the top shelf. I am aware how completely ridiculous that sounds but its true! Must admit I laughed at that. The seat riser on my powerchair makes moving up to reach high things so easy. And was worth every penny. The only part of sainsburys that properly stumps my independent crip streak now is frozen food with its cabinets with doors that open outwards. But…

  • Monday Music,  Paralympics,  Uncategorized

    Monday Music: True Colors

    Feels like ages since I’ve done one of these Monday Music posts. One of my favourite old songs is True Colours. It’s just a brilliant song with lyrics that call out to me and a melody that gets stuck in my head without fail. I also think its a really encouraging song with its message about being yourself and not hiding away. I’m also really big on disability pride and of our culture as disabled people. Which is why this new version of the song is so fabulous for me. It’s performed by The British Paraorchestra and features several Paralympic athletes and the Kaos Signing Choir (which is a choir…

  • 2012,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  disability rights,  good things,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Nothing About Us Without Us

    I’m trying to work my way through a series of disability specific terms and especially some disability specific concepts and define them for my blog. A sort of glossary of disability according to Emma if you will. I’ve also been asked to contribute monthly to Bea Magazine. My first piece went up there today and happily the subject I wanted to write about for them is also something I would have written about in my disability glossary. (Although I hadn’t actually planned for it to me the next entry in my glossary). I’m sure all of my readers are now breathing a sigh of relief that they don’t have to…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  Attempts at World Domination,  current affairs,  disability,  Uncategorized

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Today is the UNs annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  That’s a very medical model term (although I suspect it was changed because it’s “people first language”) and I’m much more of a social model girl so I shall henceforth refer to it as a day of Disabled People. The UN statistics state that 1 billion people worldwide have a disability or approximately 15% of the population.  I don’t know how they’ve classified disability but I have to say whilst the 1 billion figure feels right to me based on previous figures I’ve heard, I was a little surprised it was so low as 15%. I realise this makes…

  • 2012,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    I’m getting over a nasty cold but it didn’t go to my chest and I didn’t need antibiotics.  Lots of win there. Depression and low mood have been a big issue in the last few days.  I think not getting out and feeling ill have had a lot to do with that. I’m in the middle of the IB to ESA transfer and it’s horrific.  Mum and I finished the form today and she asked if I wanted to put anything in the “any other info box” and all I could say was “i’m just done with it.” I really did want to write in that box “yes I have…