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 […]

Intentions are Bullshit

There. I said it. As disabled people, we talk a lot about intentions and how we should react to them. A non-disabled person started pushing your wheelchair, thinking they were helping. They took the arm of a blind person and walked them across the road, even though the person said they were ok. They picked […]

What does it Mean to be Me?

I am an activist. I am a student. I am a girl who every day is evolving. And I don’t know how to balance all of these things. My activism is impacted by my disability. My disability is impacted by my being a girl. My brand of feminism is impacted by all of these things. […]

I’m going to speak at the European Parliament!

Yes, it’s true. On Tuesday the 31st of January I’ll be speaking at the European Parliament with the other co-founders of Disabled Survivors Unite. I can’t quite believe this is happening, even though I’ve been sitting on the news for a month now. We are speaking on the panel “Domestic Violence Against People with Disabilities” […]

The study abroad countdown begins!

On saturday I submitted my study abroad application. I will be taking a year away from Coventry university to study in a Spanish speaking country. I had the option to either get a job or attend another university, considering I am very research focussed I didn’t even have to think about my answer. I have […]

What it’s Like to Look Blind

“I don’t want to look blind,” they say. I hear it time and time again in discussions with other people, those who have recently lost their sight and also those who have been blind since birth. “I’ll use sighted guide, if I walk with someone nobody will know.” “I won’t use a cane. I can’t […]

6 YA Books I Can’t wait to Read in 2017

It’s finally 2017 and I’m getting ready for another year of reading wonderful books. According to my Goodreads I only read a disappointing 43 books in 2016. I’m hoping to do better this year. Here are six books that I hope will get me back on track. History is all you left me: Adam Silvera […]