Back in March I wrote about the threatened ban on plastic straws. In it I responded to a lot of the questions non-disabled people were asking when disabled people told them they really do need straws. So if you’re … read more
A year ago today the country woke up to the news of the shocking fire at Grenfell Tower.
In the post I wrote later that day I described how, even from those very early pictures and news reports, I felt … read more
Joyce was supporting me today and we got chatting about theatre. She’s not a regular-theatre goer but she did come to the Brewing In The Basement cabaret night we held at The Barbican Centre last November.
Joyce, who’s Jamaican, said … read more
Over the last few months I’ve seen a number of groups calling for a ban on disposable plastic straws. Campaigns such as ‘Straws Suck’, ‘The Final Straw’ and ‘The Last Plastic Straw’ are but a few of them. Petitions putting … read more
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
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
I remember the first time I ever used Twitter – it’s etched in my memory. It was almost eight years ago on a sunny weekend in July. I didn’t use it to share information – I used it to find … read more
When Teresa May called a snap general election just seven weeks ago I felt a flash of hope, followed by an overwhelming feeling of apprehension.
I desperately want to be part of a society that’s more socially just, where there … read more
I’m incredibly fortunate to own my home. I know that for many people the current crisis in housing makes this impossible, and is likely to do so for future generations. I watch people I care about being held hostage to … read more
Like all super villains and/or daft comedy characters, Theresa May has a catchphrase. It isn’t “Exterminate!” like the Daleks, although that would fit with her polices, and It certainly isn’t, “I have a cunning plan” like Baldrick in Blackadder.
Theresa’s … read more