• 2016,  disability,  powerchair,  Quickie Jive,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Promises to Keep

    When I ordered my new powerchair (8th June) I was told it would take between 4 and 6 weeks to come but the manufacturer (Sunrise Medical) had been told it was urgent.  And if I’m completely honest I didn’t believe that was going to make any difference.  But my previous chair was from the same manufacturer and came really quickly so I was hopeful it would be on the sooner end of that estimate. 5 weeks later I asked my supplier if they had any news of when I’d get the chair and if not could they get me an update.  And it turned out Sunrise had decided that my…

  • 2016,  access,  C-A-B,  disability,  Uncategorized

    An Evening in the Pub

    I wasn’t going to blog about this but one of the others on my journalism course suggested I should. Earlier this week a bunch of us from CAB went to a pub in a nearby town to eat.  It was our post Christmas, Christmas social (we always have it in January).  It’s not a town or pub I know. But based on what I’d heard of the access I didn’t have alarm bells ringing Then we got to the pub and as my colleague drove past the main entrance and into the car park I could see it had a step. I didn’t know about that step. Across the dark…

  • 2016,  disability,  Uncategorized

    In defense of First World Problems

    I’m annoyed. I’ve seen a few blogs over the last few weeks suggesting that a good new year’s resolution would be to ditch First World Problems.  We should ask ourselves about our worries and decide if they really matter, recognise how lucky we are to not have more serious problem and then move on. But here’s the thing. I had what some might consider a first world problem this week. Many people would hear what I was stressing about and wonder what the hell I was worried about. I’d found a solution, it was something I’d been thinking about doing anyway and I could afford it so why was I…

  • 2016,  disability,  lyrics,  Uncategorized,  video,  wheelchair

    Parody

    I love music.  And I love parody songs. Sometimes I hear the parody songs first and then discover the ones they’re based on – because I rarely listen to the radio a lot of new songs seem to pass me by for a while lately. At the moment I’m particularly enjoying this parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor – All About That Change.  It’s especially cool because it’s a parody that Meghan Trainor sings herself (along with James Corden who I’ve never really seen much of).  Apt for this time of year and it made me laugh. But if I’m honest the number one parody song is…

  • 2015,  acceptance,  attitudes,  books and reading,  disability,  fiction,  language,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    “Special Needs”

    Language around disability is a really tricky thing. Some terms are acceptable to some people and completely unacceptable to others. Some are fine for disabled people to use amongst themselves or to refer to themselves but problematic when used by strangers.  And there are times when disabled people argue amongst themselves about the terms.  People first language and identity first language are two of the biggest culprit’s there. One term that I’ve been saying I don’t like and arguing against for the last few years is “special needs”  I can explain why I don’t like it but it’s something I find others always agree with although some people do come…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  acceptance,  access,  disability,  Uncategorized

    I is for…

    I is for Impossible As a disabled person and particularly as one who is both life long disabled and a woman there can be a lot of barriers in my way. Actual physical access is the big one although awareness of that and facilities are improved a lot and the amount they’ve changed just within my lifetime is huge.  That’s not to say there isn’t a long way to go because there is.  I just read an interesting blog by Anika about that. Attitudes and awareness are in many ways a much bigger barrier.  If people refuse to understand why I can’t be carried down a flight of stairs or…

  • 2015,  blogging,  carnivals,  CP related,  depression,  disability,  disability blog carnival,  disability blogs,  disability voices,  I want to change the world,  internet,  personal,  perspective,  questions,  things people say,  thinking,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Rotation Curation for #Disability #rocur

    I’ve been curating the @OxfordIsYours twitter account.  It’s a RoCur (Rotation Curation) account for Oxford and the person who runs it said living in Oxfordshire counts. Basically RoCur is where there’s an account (often on twitter) where people take a week at a time to run it and share their experiences and tweet on the subject.  Most of these relate to places – like with Oxford Is Yours I’ve been tweeting about where I’ve been and what I’ve done – but some relate to hobbies or jobs or organisations or anything else. I’ve been enjoying it and have learned about a place in Oxford I’m going to visit soon I…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  disability,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

    I received a free copy of Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell to review on this blog. From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT comes a poignant romantic novel about a young woman whose time is running out. Not to be missed by readers of Jojo Moyes and Erica James. Jill Mansell’s enchanting new novel will drive readers to seize life with both hands and make the most of every minute… Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma, Elsewhere

    If you were looking for a blog post from me today you’ll have to wander over to Disability In Kidlit where a discussion post I contributed to has just been published. Say What You Will is a YA book by Cammie McGovern where one of the main characters has CP and the other OCD.  If you’re like me and in the UK you’ll find it in book shops under the title Amy and Matthew. ***This link contains spoilers but this post on my blog hopefully doesn’t*** Emma Crees, Courtney Gilfillian, and s.e. smith review SAY WHAT YOU WILL I really enjoyed the discussion and getting to chat with Courtney and s.e. …

  • 2014,  disability,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Polite Small Talk

    I meet usually at least two new people each week through CAB.  If I see them as clients I can often find out a lot about them.  They rarely learn much about me.  I do tell them my  name but often that and the fact I’m sat there in a powerchair is all they learn about me. I also do resident involvement stuff with the housing association I rent from.  I’ve made one really good friend through that and I’m friendly with several others.  But I’ve met loads of people there.  And also because I’ve done disability awareness talks there for staff and tenants there have been a few occasions…