David’s Story: Five Years Later

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Back in 2012 we published an article about David Chennells. David had suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2007 and shared his story with one of our writers, Catherine Ridge. In 2017, 5 years later, Catherine caught up with David as he led a sponsored walk around his home town: Crowds gathered around Esquires Coffee House […]

Grow Your Own Veg?

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Grow your own veg? As well as it being a wonderful way to eat healthy and keep active, you may also be able to help with some important new research being carried out by The University of Sheffield. The MYHarvest scheme plans to make a record of how much food is produced by green fingered […]

A guide to getting your dream job

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A recent green paper published by the Work and Pensions secretary, Damian Green, has discovered that about 5 out of 10 disabled people have a job, which is significantly less than the 8 in 10 non-disabled people who are in employment. Discrimination, inequalities, and prejudice contribute to this disparity. The UK government is doing its […]

Let children with disabilities have a voice

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Just like everybody else, children with disabilities have the same right to express their views and be consulted about decisions which affect their wellbeing. Sounds simple and straight forward enough, doesn’t it? However, there are barriers that children with disabilities encounter when communicating their needs. This makes necessary the development of certain key listening skills […]

Autism: the “invisible” disability

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Adeane Tindall’s 13-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, and it has been an uphill struggle. She told The Guardian: “We know that Max’s disability isn’t visible, but that doesn’t make it any less real. In fact, it’s tackling the issue head-on that has enabled him to achieve so much”. […]

Mental Health: No one is immune

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Stephen Fry is a celebrity who has been extremely open about his struggles with mental health. As part of a series created by the Heads Together campaign, he has now appeared in a video speaking to his psychiatrist about his mental health break down. This week has also seen the Princes William and Harry open […]

Being Disabled in Britain: A Journey Less Equal

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A new report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has demonstrated, once again, what many people with disabilities know from hard life experience. Being disabled in Britain reduces your life chances. Not because of any disability, but because of decreased opportunity to participate. Disabled people have far less prospects of obtaining employment than […]

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club

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Since 1993 the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club have been teaching disabled children how to swim. The charity run club’s motto is ‘Ability not Disability’ and meet at Colchester’s Leisure World on Saturday evenings. The club caters for swimmers of all levels from complete beginners to competing amateurs. One young member went on to become […]

Carrie Fisher: Mental Health Advocate

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“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I […]