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” […]

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 […]

Happy World Braille Day!

I started to learn braille when I was only a toddler. By the age of four and a half I entered school being able to read and write uncontracted braille. I then progressed onto grade 2 (contracted braille) and the maths and science codes. Braille was the foundation of my education. It enabled me to […]

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Five Need to Know Internships for Disabled Students

For most students, internships make up a core part of your university experience. If, like me, you’ve realised that you really need to get a move on and find some relevant work experience, an internship can be the perfect choice. If, also like me, you are disabled, finding an internship that works for you might […]

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What the Internet Wants to Know About Blind People

The fact that many people are confused and even scared by blindness isn’t new to me. I can’t count the number of times someone’s prayed for my sight to be restored or told me that I should devote my life to seeking a cure. The idea that I might be comfortable, and even happy, with […]

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Five Surprising Things I Realised About Being Blind

I’ve been blind since birth so you’d assume I’ve got it all figured out. But every so often I realise something that takes me by surprise. 1: I don’t know what colour most things are. I know the grass is green and the sky is blue (who doesn’t), but I realised in conversations with my […]