UK Disability History Month 2016: Disability And Language

Same Difference

I was offline for most of yesterday, attending the launch of UK Disability History Month. Now in its 7th year, the Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December. It continues to grow and continues to cover important disability issues through interesting events and useful resources, around themes decided each year by its founder and coordinator, disability rights campaigner Richard Rieser.

This year, as has become usual, disability activists, disabled people and our allies gathered in central London to launch the Month with an evening of interesting speeches and enjoyable entertainment based around this year’s theme, Disability and Language.

The evening started with writer and activist Maresa Mackeith reading out some of her original poetry. Maresa uses a method of communication which requires assistance from another person. This is usually known as Facilitated Communication.  She is a founding member of Quiet Riot, a group of people without speech who all…

View original post 526 more words


Dementia Friendly Church?

Same Difference

A press release:

The role of using creative approaches in developing dementia friendly churches was the subject of an event yesterday, by national disability and community engagement charity – Livability.


The event drew together church leaders, community workers and carers to discuss the vital role that churches can play in supporting people living with dementia.


‘We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia,’ says Charlotte Overton-Hart – a Livability Associate involved in organising the day.

‘With dementia ever present in the news, and with the devastating impact it can have on so many people’s lives and families, it’s easy to adopt a very disabling view of the condition. But we want to challenge that mind-set and say that there is much that can be done to bring hope, community and full participation for people living with dementia. Churches –…

View original post 632 more words

One Gene Many Disorders: POTS, EDS, IBS, FM, ME/CFS, and more

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

One Gene Many Disorders: Genetic Finding Could Help Explain POTS, EDS, IBS, FM, ME/CFS and Others | Health RisingOct 20, 2016.

First, at least for me [Cort Johnson], there was chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Then I learned about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then POTS and in the last five years Ehler’s-Danlos (EDS) and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).

The more researchers looked the more they seemed to uncover a large group of syndromes which tended to flock together.

Anyone who has ME/CFS or FM now has to consider whether they also might have 

View original post 1,385 more words

Meet The Real Daniel Blakes

I’ve already posted about this on Facebook it’s a topic that is really close to home I would encourage all with a heart for social justice to watch.

Same Difference

Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film I, Daniel Blake, depicts the cruelty of the benefit system through the eyes of an older man who’s been found fit for work. In Ashton, Greater Manchester, we look into the lives of the real Daniel Blakes and those who, as in Loach’s film, have began to fight back.

View original post

Tragic Death of SEN Child

I’m reposting it because I am shocked that it hasn’t made headlines that a child that is incredibly vulnerable has had a terrible accident and died as a result at school where a child is  supposed to be safe.

Parents at a Birmingham special school have threatened a student boycott unless ‘they get answers’ into how a pupil tragically died after an accident. The 15-year-old seriously disabled youngster, named as Muhammed, suffered fatal injuries after falling down a flight of stairs at Mayfield School in Lozells. Paramedics were called to the Wheeler Street site […]

via Parents Threaten To Boycott Birmingham’s Mayfield Special School After Student Dies — Same Difference

A letter to Fable …..

Really proud of how far this chick has come in just a year and Honered to call her my friend! Ollie sends a lick across the chops to Fabel!


Dear Fable,

Happy qualification anniversary my gorgeous girl! I can’t quite believe its a year since we qualified as Team Mable can you? So much has happened, we have done so many things together, there have been high and lows, good days and bad days, tears and laughter. But the one thing that has always been there and continues to grow every day is how much I love you.

Before you came into my life I thought I was quite happy, or at least content, with my life. I made the best of it but I had no idea just how exciting, rewarding and amazing life could be. I had always had the nagging feeling that my life wasn’t as good as it could be, something was holding me back and in hindsight I think I always felt slightly anxious and a bit resentful that I wasn’t able to be…

View original post 912 more words

Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk | July 07, 2016 | by Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW

Arthritis doubles the risk of suicide attempts, according to a new study conducted at the University of Toronto and published in the June 14, 2016 issue of Rheumatology International.

Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD, MSW and colleagues analyzed data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health, consisting of 4,885 individuals with arthritis and 16,589 without arthritis. They found that 1 in 26 men with arthritis has attempted suicide, compared to 1 in 50 men without arthritis.

The prevalence of suicide attempts in women with arthritis was likewise higher than in those without the illness (5.3% vs 3.2%, respectively).

The study had two objectives:

(1) to determine the odds of suicide attempts among those with arthritis and see what factors attenuate this association; and

(2) to identify factors associated with suicide attempts in these patients

Even after…

View original post 30 more words

Nail Biters May Develop Fewer Allergies

Brilliant I was constantly told off for this as a kid!

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Thumb Suckers and Nail Biters May Develop Fewer Allergies – New York Times

Babies have been seen sucking on their fingersin utero weeks before birth. But the sight of an older child with his fingers constantly in his mouth, sucking her thumb, biting his nails, can drive parents crazy, bringing up fears about everything from social stigma to germs.

A new study suggests that those habits in children ages 5 to 11 may indeed increase exposure to microbes, but that that may not be all bad.

In astudy published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers drew evidence from an ongoing study of New Zealand children to show those whose parents described them as thumb-suckers and nail-biters were less likely to have positive allergic skin tests later in life.  

View original post 479 more words

4 Sources Of Functional Illiteracy That Technology Can’t Fix (Yet)

This is really thought provoking and interesting – I HATE it when people suggest that I can’t read.

Where's Your Dog?

Most blind people are perfectly literate. We may need screen readers and/or braille dots to do it, but most of us can read as well as any sighted person. Further, much of the reading material that was once unavailable to us—magazines, newspapers, pamphlets—can be accessed online. It’s much easier to be a bookworm in 2016 than it was in, say, 1995. The world of the written word is, more often than not, accessible now. There will always be exceptions, though, and those unfortunate little exceptions can conspire to create a lot of grumbling, at least in my life. You see, no matter how accessible the world becomes, blind people will remain functionally illiterate when it comes to…

1. Signs

Signs: helpful little things, which do a lot more than indicate street names and business establishments. GPS and a healthy knowledge of the city was not helpful to me when I…

View original post 739 more words