Tips & Hacks

Ever felt like you need a list of tips and hacks on how to live your best disabled life? Don’t worry we’ve got you, disability and chronic illness wisdom right at your finger tips. No need to go through the trial and error phase, we’ve done it for you.

  • What’s the difference between person first and identity first language?

    Who knew that as an individual with a disability, it’s our responsibility, to guide non-disabled people as to our choice of language to use about ourselves? 

    I knew there were going to be a lot of adjustments when I became chronically ill but I really didn’t anticipate this one! 

    The dehumanisation of the disabled has been, and continues to be, a huge issue and so choosing the type of language we want to be referred to by is a reminder to the outside world that we are still real people. 

    As shocking as it is, it’s still all too common to hear people saying things like “the disabled”, or referring to someone as “a wheelchair”. This is an attempt to separate us  in society so non-disabled people don’t have to think about our wants, needs, rights or feelings. 

    So it’s time to take control of the narrative and dictate whether you want to be spoken of in person first or identity first language. 

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  • Walker Makeover

    walker makeover
    Boring mobility aids should be a thing of the past! One of the first things I did when I got my walker was to pimp it but what I didn’t realise was what a difference it would make in the way people treated me. Instead of the awkward ‘what happened?’ they instead just complimented me on my style and then talked to me like any other person which honestly was amazing.
     
    So here’s how to pimp your own ride!
    A black ugly looking walker (before hannah painted it)
    Hannah's leopard print and bubble gum pink walker

    Before

    After

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