Community

Being chronically ill and disabled can be really lonely. Most non-disabled people just do not get the issues we face daily. It’s why the community is so vital to us. But how do you find one that lifts you up and makes you feel better (not worse)?

We’ve all seen the Facebook groups that tell you, your life is over, and now you want something different. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

  • How disability makes you a better employee

    HOW DISABILITY MAKES YOU A BETTER EMPLOYEE

    No really!

    If you remove the barriers to working, we actually make the best employees, here’s why!

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  • Why traditional 9 to 5 doesn’t work when you’re disabled

    WHY TRADITIONAL 9-5 DOESN’T WORK WHEN YOU ARE DISABLED

    Due to various barriers to entering the workforce, and staying there once you’re in, disabled people are more likely to be unemployed or self-employed. Difficulties in accessing education is a massive part of this, but there are various other barriers to work that disabled people face.

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  • Why disabled people have a rocky history with academia

    Why disabled people have a rocky history with academia

    Unfortunately, when it comes to education, academic institutions often fail even the most basic tests in accessibility. Learning how to make education accessible for students (and educators) with a whole range of disabilities should be an ongoing priority for schools, colleges and universities, but it seems many still have serious lessons to be learnt.

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  • What is Emotional Labour

    Why disabled people have a rocky history with academia

    Unfortunately, when it comes to education, academic institutions often fail even the most basic tests in accessibility. Learning how to make education accessible for students (and educators) with a whole range of disabilities should be an ongoing priority for schools, colleges and universities, but it seems many still have serious lessons to be learnt.

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  • When it comes to chronic illness why do some people not like the warrior narrative?


    When we find ourselves in conversations about minor illnesses, even a cold, there is a tendency for people to use the language of war, such as fighting or battling.

    People with medical conditions are often called “warriors” and under this description are encouraged to battle their illness and push themselves.

    Using the term warrior can be helpful for some people as a means of describing the challenges of being sick to others who are not living with an illness. But for others, the narrative can make them uncomfortable.

    This isn’t to say that it’s not a struggle for them, but people with chronic illness are who they are first and foremost, and not a warrior.

    Let’s look into why the warrior narrative doesn’t feel helpful and comfortable for some of the chronic illness community.

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  • The Handi Book of Love, Lust and Disability

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    The Handi Book of love, lust and disability

     

    Ok so I have never really talked about sex on my page but it’s something I want to open up the discussion of

    I had the privilege for a long time of being able to pass as non disabled but once I started to use mobility aids it was then that I found that people stopped flirting. They stopped calling me gorgeous or sexy and instead I became inspiring and brave

    The thing is I was still me. I like to flirt, I like to dress up in a sexy outfit and take way too many selfies. ⁠

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  • Why Is Community So Important When You Are Chronically Ill?

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    Why is community so important when you are chronically ill?

    When I was first diagnosed I only had one person in my life I could talk to about being chronically ill and at the time I avoided doing that because I felt I didn’t have the right to complain about my lot because they were so much worse. 

    It wasn’t till I became part of the Instagram community that I really saw the benefits of not going it alone. But how do we find where we fit and what makes a good community?

    It’s something that I have discussed with guests on the podcast more than once. When you first get sick it’s only natural to turn to the internet for answers, especially when doctors aren’t forthcoming with information about how to live with your new condition

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  • Inappropriate Questions

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    Inappropriate Questions

    AAAAAARGH inappropriate questions! Where do I even start?

    We get them day in and day out and the worst part is always that the askee never understands why it isn’t ok. Sometimes we are too tired to educate people, others we just don’t have the time but how do we get this information across so we stop butting up against this? 

    It’s no secret that my personal opinion is representation. Books, TV and media are an excellent gateway for people to learn about experiences different from their own but having worked in the TV industry I also know the uphill battle that we still have to fight. 

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  • Episode 5 – Babe with a Mobility Aid

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    How do you use mobility aids and still feel like you? Often the images we see of people using mobility aids are dreary and it looks like their life is over but that’s so far from reality. This week’s guest is Annika from @LittlePineNeedle who started the amazing #BabeWithAMobilityAid movement. We talk about coming to terms with loss of mobility, buying your first mobility aid and what it feels like to start claiming the word disabled.

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  • Episode 2 – Community

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    At one point or another we’ve all taken to the internet to find out more about being disabled but how do you find the right community for you? Eva from the Instagram account @wheely_good_time talks with us about her experiences of becoming disabled and fall the things they forget to tell you, like how to actually use your wheelchair.

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