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 […]

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 […]

Young people speak out about their mental health

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As part of the MQ Speak your Mind series, young people who have experienced mental health problems share their stories in the hope that they will raise awareness and change attitudes. Holly, aged 22, from Sydney Australia says that she has suffered from depression and suicidal ideation since she was about 12 years old. She […]

How Can Employers Improve Workplace Diversity?

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In the modern workplace, it would be safe to think that all employers now embrace a positive attitude to employing people with disabilities and have made the necessary adjustments to make this a smooth process. However, the figures actually show that there is still a long way to go before this is the ‘norm’. A […]

Anthropology Makes No Apology for Autism

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It has often been said that we are ‘all a bit autistic’. Experts agree that everyone exhibits, to varying degrees, the common traits that are active when making a diagnosis of the troubled and distressing condition. Indeed, we all fit, at varying times and circumstance, along the autism spectrum. Autistic traits have been cited as […]

Disabilities in film? It’s about time

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Film buffs will have noticed that recently there has been a slight influx in films featuring characters with varying disabilities and health problems. Mental health especially has become extremely popular in the film world, most recently with Split starring James McAvoy. This received many mixed reviews and tells the story of a man with 23 […]

Disability is normal, not dismissively brave!

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Writing in a major national newspaper, a brother has revealed his justified frustration at the ignorance and insensitivity that many disabled are forced to encounter daily. The loyal sibling has witnessed his brother’s enduring strength and resilience during medical interventions over many years. He can only admire his brother’s tolerance in the face of occurring […]