A Study Session and Unexpected Friends

From the 28th of May to the 4th of June I went to Strasbourg to attend a study session ran by ESN (the Erasmus Student Network), ENIL (European Network on Independent Living) and the Council of Europe. It focussed on intercultural learning within a mixed ability group, gathering young people from across Europe to learn […]

30 Days

For so long it was just a dream. I knew when I started my degree that I’d be spending the third year in another country, but I never could have imagined it would be Colombia. That was too much to hope. Yet I am. I’ve spent the morning packing up my apartment in order to […]

I’m going to Colombia!

It is official, last night I received my acceptance letter to EAFIT university in Medellín. I have 3 months to sort out mine and Isla’s vaccinations, buy us insurance, find somewhere to live, organise o&m, get my visa, find a dog food supplier and buy my flight. And I am so ready to start! Not […]

Instapaper: an Accessible way to Save it Now and Read Later

Instapaper is an application that allows its users to save content to read later on. It’s available on iOS, Android and through your web browser. It’s perfect for people like myself who often find articles that look interesting but aren’t able to read them at the time. I decided to download the iOS app to […]

We Need you…but only if you’re not Disabled

The employment event was crowded. The sound of many conversations washed over me as I navigated through the crowd, Isla seeking out a path for us. Multiple tables were set up, some advertising graduate schemes, others volunteering opportunities. I had a list of people I wanted to see. I’m in my second year and not […]

It’s not Cute, it’s Equality

This week an article was shared on Buzzfeed about a blind teenager who, for the first time in her life, read a menu at a restaurant independently. The menu was given to her in braille, enabling her to select what she’d like to eat. The event itself is encouraging, it’s imperative that businesses consider how […]

The People who Made Isla

The bond between service dog and handler is almost impossible to explain. It is built upon trust, I trust Isla and she trusts me. We seek reassurance from one another, and we must be there to provide that reassurance. I’ve learnt to tell what she wants by her body language and the sounds she makes. […]

Have you Ever Tried Glasses?

The conversation starts something like this: “So how long have you been blind then?” I could be in an airport waiting to board my flight, settled in the back of a taxi on the way to the train station or queueing for a cup of coffee. The setting isn’t important, my blindness is. Usually I’ll […]

When a Man on the Bus Said my Eyes Look Strange

“Are you partially sighted?” The question came to me from behind and to the right, a seat somewhere behind where my friends were sitting. I awkwardly fidgeted, not really wanting to answer but knowing if I didn’t anger, or at the least persistence would follow. “No,” I muttered. I hoped he would realise I was […]