Georgia a white women with brunette hair in her wheelchair presenting at the occupational therapy show the slide behind reads. What is Ableism? "Ableism is discrimination in favour of non-disabled people." (Scope n.d.) "Disablism is a set of assumptions (conscious or unconscious) and practices that promote the differential or unequal treatment of people because of actual or presumed disabilities" (Campbell 2009) Ableism results in internalised ableism. "Internalized oppression is not the cause of our mistreatment; it Internalized Ableism is the result of our mistreatment. It would not exist without the real external oppression that forms the social climate in which we exist. Once oppression has been internalized, little force is needed to keep us submissive. We harbour inside ourselves the pain and the memories, the fears and the confusions, the negative self-images and the low expectations, turning them into weapons with which to re-injure ourselves, every day of our lives." (Marks 1999) Source. (Palacios 2017) BRINGING THE OT COMMUNITY Together
Disability Rights

The Anxiety of Advocating for the Reasonable Adjustments I Am Entitled To!

The fear and anxiety of advocating for my reasonable adjustments is a blog that I’ve been wanting to write for quite some time and is linked to my OTalk on disclosure back in 2020.  Let’s take you back to my placement in December 2019, when the anxiety of being a disabled student on placement kicked… Continue reading The Anxiety of Advocating for the Reasonable Adjustments I Am Entitled To!

Cerebral Palsy

My Transition Into Adulthood: Focus On Relationships

Transitions into adulthood is back! After this series creating quite a conversation last year I have decided to make this an ongoing series on NSTP. Especially as I am now transitioning to the working world.  The conversations generated following the interview with my parents last year, inspired me to take the theme of transitions to… Continue reading My Transition Into Adulthood: Focus On Relationships

Occupational Therapy

Tips and Tricks for Healthcare Bloggers

I’ve had my blog for 3 Years now, and over the years I’ve had a lot of questions from occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals about tips for starting a blog. I’ll always help out in any way that I can. Yet, I’m still learning the ropes of blogging myself and I learn something new… Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Healthcare Bloggers

Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

The Significant Impact That The Occupational Therapy Show 2021 Has Had on Me  

As I’m beginning to write this post, it’s been a few days since I was at the NEC in Birmingham, and I am still on quite a high from The Occupational Therapy Show. I cannot wait to get into this blog, and ‘re-live’ the experience.   Like many of us, I have had a lot… Continue reading The Significant Impact That The Occupational Therapy Show 2021 Has Had on Me  

Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

Graduating as an Occupational Therapist With Cerebral Palsy

Hey up, it’s been a while! A rather casual entry this week, but this is an blog after all and therefore, this weeks post is going to be exactly that. Not a story about an ableist experience for me to pick apart but a reflection of graduation day, so that I can look back on… Continue reading Graduating as an Occupational Therapist With Cerebral Palsy

Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy

Finally! Becoming a Registered Occupational Therapist

At last, I can finally call myself a Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist!! I know what some of you are thinking, but couldn’t you say that back in June? No, I couldn’t. In the UK you cannot call yourself an Occupational Therapist or practice as an Occupational Therapist until you’re registered. Now, the scene is set… Continue reading Finally! Becoming a Registered Occupational Therapist

Cerebral Palsy

An Insight Into Being the Non-Disabled Sibling: An Interview With My Sister 

After the interview with my parents, I had many conversations and it was suggested that I interview my sister, Matilda. As the disabled sibling I’ve always been aware that this affects Matilda but I’m not Matilda so I can never really know and this is why this post is so important. How are non-disabled siblings… Continue reading An Insight Into Being the Non-Disabled Sibling: An Interview With My Sister 

Cerebral Palsy, Occupational Therapy Student

Getting Ready for University as a Disabled Healthcare Student

We are in September, how did that happen? I cannot believe how many months I was opening up my blogs with a countdown to finishing university and now I’ve been finished for 3 and a half months. I guess time flies when you are job hunting. Anyway seen as it’s September I thought I’d write… Continue reading Getting Ready for University as a Disabled Healthcare Student