During my birth I was starved of oxygen and spent the first few weeks of my life in an incubator. The doctors did not think I would survived and so I was quickly baptised as a matter of course so I went to the right place. When I clearly survived, my destiny was predicted to … Continue reading The Welfare Debate Impacts the Assisting Dying Debate
While a majority of disabled people appear to enjoy a level of self-autonomy, if not independent living, I worry that a group that has been woefully left behind is people defined has having a learning difficulty. This is a broad label that covers a wide range of impairments that are regarded to affect someone's ability … Continue reading Why Do Services Treat People With Learning Difficulties as a Cultural Minority?
Regular readers will know that what has frustrated me the most over the last few years is how disability has been framed on a political level as solely a welfare issue as opposed to an independent living or civil/human rights issue. My concern has nothing to do with the amount of money or support people … Continue reading Please Stop Framing Disability as Just a Welfare Issue
ReadWrite Gold is potentially a very powerful collection of tools to assist people with language difficulties to improve their read and writing while on the go, working with apps like Microsoft Word. However, the software is badly let down by its primitive 1990s style interface, which is very off-putting and makes the app feel like … Continue reading Review:ReadWrite Gold for Mac
iReadWrite is a neat word processor app for the iPad with powerful speech and word prediction capabilities. For people with speech or language difficulties, these makes a simple communication aid that is quick and simple to use. The word prediction side bar offers a seamlessly unlimited list of words that can be swiped onto the … Continue reading Review: iReadWrite
On Thursday, Spectrum CIL (previously Southampton Centre for Independent Living) will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and I am delighted to be one of the guest speakers. This has given me an opportunity to ponder the achievements within independent living over the last 30 years.30 years ago I was just 10 years old and a pupil … Continue reading 30 years of Independent Living