A light pick banner with ‘How will you use your social superpower?’. On then left there's a pair of hands surrounding a love heart with an arch above that reads ‘empowered practice conversations’ Underneath the hands it reads ‘I pledge to be curious to care to act with courage. This image is all in red. On the other side there is a red stick man/woman in a cape and superhero costume with a star in the centre. The figure is surrounded by a circle of writing that reads ‘empowered practitioner challenging injustices in healthcare’.
Disability Rights

The Importance of Holding Conversations About Empowered Practice

It’s the start of Disability History Month which takes place between November 18th- December 18th and what better way to start the month to have a conversation about empowered practice.  Over the past month and a half, my friend Millie and I have been planning to host conversations about oppressive/empowered practice to our cohort at… Continue reading The Importance of Holding Conversations About Empowered Practice

Occupational Therapy

The Fear of Not Knowing Where I’ll Be Next Year: OT Week 2020

It’s #OTWeek2020! This is a week where occupational therapist around the country share their stories. This year the theme has promoted why individuals should #ChooseOT. Earlier on in the week, I did a head-to-head with Margaret in which we discussed my journey into occupational therapy and towards the end of the head-to-head, we talked briefly… Continue reading The Fear of Not Knowing Where I’ll Be Next Year: OT Week 2020

Myself in front of my grey car (Ford Tourneo Connect) wearing a green knitted jumper holding up a practical driving test certificate.
Cerebral Palsy

Driving Update- 4 Years On

August this year marked 4 years that I have been on my driving journey, as I have spoken about in my previous post. So, I just thought that I’d update you with what’s going on with my driving, as it’s such a massive part of my life. What’s going on… Well, I do have some… Continue reading Driving Update- 4 Years On

A photo of myself, mum, dad and sister in a garden centre around an information stand and the name of the plant is Exoticks and Vine so my dad is point to the Vine bit. As that is our surname.
Cerebral Palsy

The Significant Role My Family Plays in Supporting My Blog

In my recent posts, I have been looking at my journey into accepting my disability with a fisheye lens and what stuck out the most was the crucial role that my relationships have played in this journey. On Tuesday it was World Cerebral Palsy Day and this year I dedicated my posts on my social… Continue reading The Significant Role My Family Plays in Supporting My Blog

Myself wearing a leopard print blouse, looking at Skiggle's website, on my laptop, this is from a side angle so you can just see a bit of my hair and the frame of my glasses. The screens shows purple and pink boxes telling you about Skiggle's SOS.
Disability Rights

How Charities Use Online Communities to Bring People Together in Desperate Times | Promotion for Skiggle

Imagine you are, on holiday about to embark on a well-deserved week off, but then you realise you’ve forgotten to pack them all-important care consumables. What do you do when you are 5 hours away from home? Skiggle was inspired by Will’s story and is run by Helen (Will’s full-time carer) and Christine (Will’s mum… Continue reading How Charities Use Online Communities to Bring People Together in Desperate Times | Promotion for Skiggle

Black and white image of my self with a black background. Holding my hand to my chin trying to be curious but I'm laughing because I'm not very good a posting for photo. I'm wearing a jumpsuit with a plain top underneath and my hair is curly.
Disability Rights

Is It Useful to Think About ‘Models’ When Accepting a Disability?

Although I’ve been disabled all my life, I’m still learning about disability every day and the older I get the more questions I have. In my previous post, I spoke about how ableism affects me and how it challenges me to question whether I’ve accepted my disability. So, I took to Twitter to find out… Continue reading Is It Useful to Think About ‘Models’ When Accepting a Disability?

Cerebral Palsy

Mentally Balancing the Positives and Negatives of My Disability

The aim of my blog is to capture both good experiences and bad experiences I have had and continue to have throughout my, life. Yes, I’ll admit I’m a positive person and even with the negative blogs I always seem to try and find a ‘positive ending’. However, I’d be lying if I said that… Continue reading Mentally Balancing the Positives and Negatives of My Disability

Cerebral Palsy

How Post Lockdown Is Affecting Both My Physical and Mental Health

How great is it that normal life or the ‘new normal’ way of life is resuming? I’m very much enjoying seeing friends and family again and doing things other than sitting on my garden. However, as I am classed as more vulnerable, I’d be lying if I said that returning back to somewhat normal isn’t… Continue reading How Post Lockdown Is Affecting Both My Physical and Mental Health

Disability Rights

Reflecting on Past and Considering Future Placement Experiences as a Disabled Occupational Therapy Student

I explore practice placement extensively on my blogs, because planning a placement when you have a disability doesn’t happen overnight, and it is the area where I face the most challenges at university. Placement is physically and mentally challenging for anyone, not just someone with a disability, however, knowing what I will need on placement… Continue reading Reflecting on Past and Considering Future Placement Experiences as a Disabled Occupational Therapy Student

Cerebral Palsy

Coming to Terms with Needing AAC in the Professional World

Effective communication is a massive part of any work and in healthcare, it is really important. It’s unlikely that you will pass a practice placement if you can’t demonstrate these skills. Which leaves me feeling very worried about being on placement. You can guarantee that most of my reflections on placement will end it being… Continue reading Coming to Terms with Needing AAC in the Professional World