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Experiencing the Social Model of Disability

I don’t usually talk about myself in these blogs, but I find myself in the situation of being a living example of the Social Model of Disability. This model is my preferred framework for describing “disability”. In short, it suggests that people who have “impairments” (for example, sight or hearing impairments, mobility issues, neurological conditions,…

More Tact, Vicar?

A heartfelt and educational “rant” from our very own Jane Hurst (Publicity Officer at Evenbreak): Picture the scene, walking in the park on a nice sunny day with my walking stick, thinking I’m doing quite well at this walking lark actually, and chatting casually with my son, I am approached by a young unfeasibly attractive…

Review: “Why are you pretending to be normal?”

Like most disabled people, I acquired my impairment as an adult. It is a huge adjustment for anyone to make. In some ways it is like a bereavement – you have to grieve for your old life, for the things you can no longer do and for the dreams you can no longer achieve. Only when…

How Accessible is Britain? We need your help!

  I’m always keen to help other social enterprises, especially those geared towards helping disabled people, and this is a great one! Stewart White runs “Accessible Britain”, and I’ll let him tell you all about it:   Welcome to Accessible Britain, a new and exciting organisation and website set up by disabled people for disabled…

An Essential Service for People Interested in Disability

It’s really important for us at Evenbreak to keep up to date with all the current news and events regarding disabililty, and this can be very time-consuming, particularly as the media tends to have its own agenda where disability is concerned. Thankfully, there is a service which helps to keep us informed and saves time (I…

Different Perspectives.

A slightly dfferent blog today. I’d like to introduce you to two people. The first is a woman who was born with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy which causes general muscle wasting and mobility impairment. It is the most common genetic cause of infant death. Her parents were told it was unlikely she would…

Myths around Mental Health

I found this amazing website called Time to Change, all around ending mental health discrimination through education. The site includes interesting information, case studies, a blog, and many other useful insights. I particularly liked a page looking at myths and facts, busting some common myths such as: Myth:   Mental health problems are very rare Fact:    Mental…

The Paralympics – good or bad for disabled people?

I fought against writing a blog about the Paralympics because I know it will cost me friends! Most have strong feelings one way or another about the Paralympics and of course expect me to agree with them. However, it’s not often I sit on the fence about anything disability-related, but I really have very mixed…

Barriers disabled people face – in cartoon form!

The wonderful “Crippen”, an extremely talented disability activist, uses the medium of cartoon to communicate his thoughts. He kindly contributed the cartoons accompanying our “Disability Etiquette” series. This time I thought it worth dedicating a whole blog to one of his strip cartoons – demonstrating the various types of barriers that disabled people face on a daily…