• disability,  disability hate crimes,  scope,  Uncategorized

    >You Can Hate Me But You Won’t Break Me

    >First of all, I am only sharing this story because I think it needs to be shared.  I don’t want you to feel sorry for me and I don’t want to blow it out of proportion. As I was coming along the main road (on the path, obviously) this afternoon in my powerchair a guy in a van leaned out of his fully open window, looked right at me and yelled something at me.  The only word I heard clearly was “chair” But I think it was “walk not wheelchair.” Not very nice.  At all.  And yet I’m luckier than Incurable Hippie who had a much more scary experience last…

  • benefits,  guest blog,  personal,  scope,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >The Broken of Britain

    >Last weekend a new campaign was set up about the proposed cuts and specifically to allow disabled people to campaign about them.  Because we are one of the groups who will be affected most severely by these cuts.  And the government have already admitted they’ve not looked into it fully. The campaign is The Broken of Britain. This afternoon I had a long chat on the phone with Kaliya who set it up.  It was really fun to get to talk to her after knowing her online for so long.  Just a shame we had such a serious topic to talk about.  I’m going to be helping with the campaign…

  • campaigns,  sailing,  scope,  twitter,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >A Good Writing Day – With Links!

    >Last week, Mike from Artist Inlet Press contacted me to ask if I would write something for that site.  His only request was that I should write about something I’m passionate about. I’ve been trying to do lots of writing and make progress with it over the last few weeks so I jumped at the chance to write that piece.  It’s not a site I’d been to before but I’ve been reading some of it since then and it’s got some very well written, lovely essays on there.  I’m pleased to have been asked to contribute and know that more people are seeing my writing.  I’ve been working on that…

  • blogging,  disability,  scope,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Blogging for Scope!

    >On Tuesday I spent some time researching writing competitions and writing opportunities.  And, being cheeky I also asked Scope how they choose their bloggers.  The end result being that I’m now one of their bloggers (and I also have one other writing opportunity for another organisation). You can see my blog on the scope page It comes complete with an old photo – my hair looks nothing like that now but I don’t have a more recent on that isn’t stupid.  (Rocky Horror photos I’m looking at you) and a bio.  It’s a bit strange writing about yourself in the 3rd person but it’s a very writerly thing to do.…

  • ashley-x,  campaigns,  disability,  katie thorpe,  scope,  Uncategorized

    >Equality and Disability Rights

    >I just received an e-mail from Scope about their equality campaign. National disability organisation Scope is calling on the Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a matter of urgency. The Convention is the first treaty in history to give the millions of disabled people across the globe comprehensive human rights and recognise that disabled and non-disabled people share a common humanity. The Convention is the first human rights treaty of the 21st century and was the fastest negotiated convention in the UN’s history. Negotiations involved individual disabled people and their governments from all over the world, but at present the Convention is…