I remember in my late teens and early 20s, spending most of my time shopping. Without internet shopping, it is a matter of spending hours searching the shops for that specific item you wanted, or waiting for it to be ordered in. If I could not get what I wanted I have the pain staking exercise … Continue reading The Changing Way We Shop
The concept that 'information is power' is not a new one but it is certainly a concept which is moved from one that disempowers people to one that empowers them.Just 20 years ago, before the internet, information was something that was a precious commodity where government and other organisations could control who knew what information. … Continue reading Information is Power
Many regular readers may notice that I have started blogging most week days, I give myself the weekends off! People may wonder why do I blog? And I would respond by saying that there are a few reasons.The first is clearly because I can and that is a wonderful gift of the internet brings us. … Continue reading Why do I Blog?
I think one of the most amazing things about the internet is it is possible to interact with people from all over the world, in places you may even have not heard of. It is also possible for one person of have an idea with captures the interest of others and causing a ripple effect that spreads the globe, making … Continue reading The Ripple Effect
As every child grows and matures into a young adult, it is important that they have the opportunity to develop as a person in their own right, separate from their parents. It can be hard for parents to let go, but it can be even harder when it is a disabled child. Whether a child is disabled or … Continue reading Supporting Parents to let go
I grew up with access to just 3 Television Channels in the UK until I was 8, and then Channel 4 came along in 1982. Now I have access to over 500 channels on Sky. But is this still enough? I would say yes and no.It is enough in terms of television I watch or … Continue reading The ‘individual’ media channel
I think I always knew that I would be needing an electric wheelchair at some point in my life and that time has come. I have had a manual wheelchair all my life for long distances and in recent years, for not so long distances. In theory, the fact I have a personal assistant with me most of the time … Continue reading The Freedom of an Electric Wheelchair
While most people are worrying about the Government's cuts and the general recession, I fear that there is a much bigger issue coming up from the rear, and that is the one of energy prices.Ever since my Geography school lessons in the 1980s, I knew that coal, oil and gas were due to run out, … Continue reading Energy Crisis
There has been an incredible amount of research from charity on the so-called effects of the changes in Disability Living Allowance as its becomes 'Personal Independence Payments'. Most of the research focuses of what specific individuals feel would be the negative effects of losing their benefits would be.I have 3 main concerns with this kind of research. The … Continue reading Is it fair to scare?
People have always said that I am very determined but last week a friend reminded me that I was also very ambitious and that is what is unusual especially for someone who is considered 'disabled'. I believe everyone has the right to have ambitions and a responsibility to try to achieve them as much as they can. However, despite my positive attitude and approach … Continue reading Raising Ambitions