This post is a little late, as I’ve only just finished a major update to the site. Nevertheless it’s here, and I’m so happy with it.
2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year for me, both for my advocacy work and in my personal life.
I like to write a short post at the end of every year to reflect on the things I’ve done and look a little bit towards the future. My previous review posts seem to have been consumed in the mass blog post cull I did earlier last year, so sorry about that.
Here are some of the things I did in 2016:
- I filmed a tv show for the BBc, called Going Back, Giving Back. This enabled me to gain financial support for Disabled Survivors Unite, the organisation I co-founded earlier this year.
- Co-founding an organisation is a pretty huge deal, so I must mention it here. What’s more incredible is the huge amount of support we have received from everyone so far.
- I ran in the Coventry University Students Union election and now hold the position of disabled students councillor.
- I travelled to the US for five weeks over the summer, taking guide dog Isla along with me. You can watch my California 2016 travel video to see what I got up to.
- One of my closest friends became my boyfriend. I couldn’t do half of what I do without his support and honesty.
- I was published in the Guardian, having written a guide for prospective blind university students.
- I was asked to become a blogger for student website Campus Society. You can join the conversation over on my channel.
- I made the news for being asked to leave a restaurant because of my guide dog. Although not a positive story I’m hoping it did something to raise awareness of the laws surrounding guide dog access, and certainly the way I have tackled it should indicate that it must be taken seriously.
- I passed my first year of university, discovered my new favourite drink and threw a birthday party for a dog!
So all in all it’s been a year of highs, with only a few lows. Thank you to everyone who has supported my work, whether financially or through sharing my content. I appreciate all of you more than I have the words to say. Here’s to 2017 and even more opportunities!