Independent Living has been hailed has one of the greatest achievements of the Disabled People's movement, but has it failed to deliver for the majority of dysabled people in 2016? While there is no doubt independent living policies have benefited those who had the determination to live independently, like myself, I am unsure if it … Continue reading Has Independent Living failed to deliver?
Many charities have started to focus on moderate needs as a mechanism to campaign for the government to increase the social care budget even though any increase is more likely to be spent on increased fees as opposed to helping anyone. My concern and why I appear to be heartless, is that it would be … Continue reading Supporting moderate needs
For many disabled people, it is not the big things like rights and policies that makes the real difference in their lives, but rather it is the small things that really matter and can be life changing. For this, I mean things like small pieces of equipment or clothes, like bibs and swimming nappies, within … Continue reading The small things is life
The old phrase of whether a glass of water is half empty or half full is very interesting as people must make a decision, there is no middle ground, no sitting on the fence. The glass of water is a metaphor for how people say life and whether they have chosen to see be always … Continue reading Half empty or Half Full?
I was first introduced to the Onion Exercise when I was at an 'European Human Bridges' youth seminar in Stockholm in 1997. The exercise immediately struck a chord with myself and it is now an exercise I use when I am assisting people to develop themselves and especially their personal identity. The exercise uses an onion … Continue reading The onion exercise
I often hear people say that they had no choice when they were faced with a specific situation but when we really examine it, I believe there is always a choice in anything we do. The thing is any choice comes with consequences whether may be good and bad and therefore we avoid some choices … Continue reading There is always a choice
People who know me who that I am a very determined person and I have always been determined. If I wanted something than I have always found a way to get it, one way or another. I sometimes amaze myself at how determined I am even with doing the impossible because just I never give … Continue reading Just never give up!!
We now seem live in an era where not only is failure regarded as a norm but I fear for some, it is a desirable state of being. We clearly have a section of society who regard success as something wrong since why the hell work or do something meaningful and hard when you can … Continue reading Do you want to be a failure?
I feel one is the greatest gifts you can offer anyone is the ability to see the positive in the situations they are facing. For me, being positive is not about shouting mantras on how I am wonderful and wearing a big false smile all the time trying to laugh when you actually want to cry. Instead, … Continue reading Helping people be positive
If there is one thing that really annoys me is when disabled people play the victim just because they are disabled. For my, playing the victim means complaining to others about the general situation without actually asking for help or taking responsibility for the situations we are in.We all face situations that are difficult but … Continue reading Stop playing the victim (just because you are disabled!)