Inventions & Interventions

Satin Square Slippy Fit

The country’s in the middle of a big chill, thanks to the Beast From The East. This means icy pavements and roads. But these aren’t the only slippy surfaces I’m dealing with at the moment.

My Occupational Therapist’s given … read more

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My Monastic Chamber

I had a visit last week from my occupational therapist (OT) whose job is to make sure I have everything I need to be as safe and independent at home as I can be.

Over the last year or so … read more

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Devoted, Disgruntled, Invigorated

In January 2014 I was having a tough time. I’d recently developed dystonia in my hands, which made it hard for me to use them. I had to learn to do things in new ways, like pulling my trousers up read more

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Bed Day Breakthrough

I’m not very well today, but acknowledging that, and saying I’m ill, is something I find hard to do.

I’m used to identifying as ‘disabled’ within the context of the Social Model. To me, saying I’m a Disabled Person … read more

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The Elephant Penis In The Room

Just after Christmas my friend Lottie told me about a product she’d seen at a trade fair – a wearable hot water bottle. She thought it might be useful in helping me to manage the pain I’ve been having … read more

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In Celebration Of Social Workers

A couple of days ago I got an unexpected call from my Local Authority’s Adult Social Care Community Review Team (what a mouthful!) The woman I spoke to was very friendly and explained that she needed to visit me to … read more

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Medication’s What I Need

Because of the chronic pain I’m experiencing, which I’ve written about a lot recently, I’m under the care of my local pain clinic and my GP, and I’ve got a range of medications to help me manage the pain.

There … read more

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Picture The Pain

For the last year-and-a-half I’ve been experiencing chronic pain in my back and hips which often keeps me awake at night. Despite having written about it a lot, I still haven’t worked out how to describe it effectively to other … read more

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Let’s Talk About Faff

I delivered a training session today for a media company who are making a documentary about Tourettes.

Often when I’m training people on issues relating to inclusion and equality I talk about the need to reduce ‘faff’ around disability. My … read more

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Changing Places Means Changing Attitudes

For over a decade Mencap have run Changing Places, an amazing campaign to improve toilet provision for disabled people across the UK.

Changing Places toilets are loos that meet a specific set of criteria – they are much bigger … read more

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