Talking to Tenants 30th September 2020
Ten years ago, I was working for Birmingham City Council as a Local Housing Manager and failing to support struggling tenants that I met through tenancy reviews. I think I have found why.
Mask Up, and Keep Smiling! 29th August 2020
The world has changed forever, but those who have endured the most before lockdown are still being let down.
Going Deeper Into The Wild 5th August 2020
How seeing an old bus lifted out of the Alaskan wilderness prompted my own journey, deeper into the wild.
University Challenge 7th July 2020
Going to university changed everything for me, but increasing student debt and cuts to support will make it impossible for the current generation of disabled people.
Chairman Mao, Black Lives Matter and Disability Equality 14th June 2020
As the world faces up to centuries of racism, we all need to take a side. Chairman Mao saw it clearly.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (a review) 4th June 2020
If you have a disability or know someone who has, please watch this. If you know someone who can’t or won’t support you, tell them they […]
Thank You for The Music: The Ten Most Influential Albums of my Teens 30th May 2020
Compiling my top ten influential albums led me to an unexpected revelation about my parents…
William Walsh: At Mousetrap Farm 23rd May 2020
This is a story based on my great-grandfather, William Walsh. It covers the battles the Royal Dublin Fusiliers fought in the first half of 1915. Astonishingly, […]
Lockdown Life With Ataxia 25th April 2020
It is our 6th week of lockdown, how my world has changed and how am I adapting to it? At a time when we are all […]
John Lennon: Disability Rights Champion? 14th April 2020
After recent online criticism about him, I looked closely into his activities alongside the disability rights movement in America in the early seventies – and was surprised!
Coronavirus: What Would Neville Do? 30th March 2020
Coronavirus: What Would Neville Do? I explore why the Covid Pandemic has been handled so badly and if there is any hope left.
A Wheelchair, Me? – Never. 27th February 2020
When I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at fifteen, I swore, and really believed, I would take my own life before using one. What triggered this reaction and what changed my mind?
Local Politics – Apply Pressure, but Keep Your Eyes on The Prize! 31st January 2020
This month, I reveal what trying to coordinate a popular grass-roots campaign is really like!
A Year on Twitter. 29th December 2019
It is a year since I resolved to write a monthly blog. Twitter has played a significant part in my life in that time. I have learned a lot, and made friends that I never would have met, but have strayed into some very dark places too. Has it been worth it?
My First Term as a Voluntary Reader 30th November 2019
As we choose opportunities that really motivate us, or passionately believe in, volunteering should be very fulfilling. But it is it that simple?
Can I Hope Again? 31st October 2019
I have had to reassess my relationship with hope and my whole identity after a wonderful development that could change everything.
My Checklist for Living with Ataxia 25th September 2019
Today is International Ataxia Awareness Day. In this post, I look at the wider concept of disability, how it determines how we see ourselves and how we can break free.
Living with Dying 30th August 2019
Is life with Friedreich’s Ataxia just one long funeral? or can it bless us with a unique outlook?
My Support Dog Saved Our Lives 30th July 2019
Support dogs are life-changing for disabled people lucky enough to have one – not just in the way most people think.
Should Disabled People Become Parents? 25th June 2019
My kids are 10 and 5 this month. This is an update of a piece I wrote on how we made the difficult choice to become parents.
What My Skydive Revealed About How Others See Me 30th May 2019
With AtaxiaUK’s 19 in 19 skydive event in full swing, I wanted to share my story from 5 years ago to encourage others – and to look at the attitudes I encountered!
I’m not a Superhero, but here’s my ‘Origin Story’ 30th April 2019
What do disabled people and superheroes have in common?
Disability & The Media 22nd March 2019
Has how disabled people are portrayed by our the media changed over the last seventeen years? I was incredibly proud when I graduated from university in […]
It’s Rare ‘Condition’ Day!: AtaxiaUK and Me 27th February 2019
February 28th is Rare Disease day. That word ‘disease’ grates on me, I don’t like it at all. A disease is negative, contagious, unpleasant and unwanted. […]
Gaming 1st February 2019
One thing we always had was the latest computer or console and often both. From the Atari 2600, through ZX Spectrum, Commodore, PC, PlayStations and lots […]
What is Political Correctness? 6th January 2019
Is showing respect for others as simple as just about avoiding certain words? Today, many people feel out of control in the face of too much […]
Wake Up: Ableism 4th December 2018
Disability now has something it has never had before. An ‘ism’ that at last holds a mirror to society’s incredible negativity toward disabled people. But is […]