About Me

I’ve had many of these about me type pages over the years and I figured it was about time I had one here.

I’m Emma Crees.  I’m 34 and from the UK.

I’ve been blogging in a variety of different places and under a variety of different usernames since November 2000 when I was not quite 19 and in my first term at university.  If that sounds like a long time it’s because it is, it’s a life time.  This is usually the point where I write “most of those earlier blogs are missing, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.” But I just went on a little hunt and discovered that actually a lot of them are still online. Not that I’ll admit to wear.

Over the years I’ve been referred to as a disability blogger and also as a book blogger.  Both are true but I prefer to just be called a blogger because I blog about my life.

I blog a lot about books because reading is one of my real passions in life.  I’ll read pretty much anything apart from horror.  I’m very rarely without something to read on me – especially now I’ve a smartphone with the kindle app.  I review books on this blog.

Having been disabled my whole life I have a lot to say about disability issues from the annoying, funny, scary to the happy ones and anything inbetween.  I use a wheelchair (specifically I have an Action 3 manual chair with a jay3 backrest for indoors, very short distances outdoors and/or when someone is with me and a Quickie Jive M Hybrid powerchair with a jay comfort back for everything else) .  I seemed to get asked a lot by strangers whether I’ve got MS or if I had polio.  One guy assumed I’d had an accident and even asked “from which point down don’t you work.” I couldn’t exactly answer that question.  What I’ve actually got is CP aka Cerebral Palsy. and for CP geeks, those in the know and anyone else who might be interested I have spastic CP and it’s either diplegia or quadriplegia depending who you ask/what definition of diplegia you use. Basically it’s pretty much mostly my legs and but I have some hand/arm involvement cue arguments about whether that makes me quad or not (I always thought until a few years ago it didn’t).

I do voluntary work for a couple of different organisations including my local CAB where I spent one morning a week seeing clients and another morning a week working with a colleague on our social policy (campaigning, usually gathering/writing evidence for others to base their campaigns on) work. I love to write and dream of one day having a book published.  At the moment I contribute to a couple of other sites on either a regular or occasional basis.

I also enjoy sailing and am quite crafty.  Or at least I’m good at starting crafts.  I officially suck at finishing them!

I’ve been known to tell people that I’m “so much more than ‘that girl in the wheelchair’ ” – a phrase I’ve heard many times (often from CAB clients who’ll pop back in and say “I don’t know who I saw it was the one in the wheelchair?” annoying as this is it does mean the receptionists and supervisors always know it’s me they mean!).  I hope to use this blog to show that.

Follow me on Facebook (personal page)

Twitter

Goodreads

4 Comments

  • Nina Thomas

    Hi, I saw you reviewed Janice Galloway’s novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing. I work for the BBC World Service and we are recording an edition of the World Book Club about this novel in July. We are looking for readers and fans of the author who will be willing to submit any questions specifically about the novel and I was wondering if you would like to pose any questions? Please either reply here or email be at: nina.thomas@bbc.co.uk Please include your name and where you’re from. Many thanks.

  • Denise Sherer Jacobson

    Emma, I wondered if you’ve ever read THE QUESTION OF DAVID: A Disabled Mother’s Journey Through Adoption, Family, and Life. I wrote it and published it 1999 but is still available on Amazon and very relevant today. It’s used in Disability Studies curriculum. Hope you check it out.

  • Jo Mach

    Hi Emma,
    I’ve been checking out your blog. It’s great to read and see your passion come alive. I’m a big advocate for people with disabilities, also. I worked as an Occupational Therapist for 35 years and I have now retired to work on children’s books. There are three of us working together and our hope to for our books to give children and their families the hope and motivation to get out there and live a full live using their self-determination. We have three books done and two about done. We’re working on them as a series and hope to have children with all different disabilities represented. We don’t have a child in a wheelchair, yet, but definitely will in the future. Would you be interested in reviewing our books? I’d love to send them to you if you would be interested.
    Thanks,
    Jo

  • Ellie Marshall

    Hi Emma,

    I’m a graduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute studying disability and web accessibility. I found your blog through the hashtag #heardwhilstdisabled. I’m currently conducting a few pilot interviews for my thesis and would be grateful if you had 30 minutes or so to spare via email, chat or Skype (whatever is most convenient for you) to talk. Let me know!

    All the best,
    Ellie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *