Disability Rights

Georgia and Georgina, 2 white brunettes with glasses on smiling and laughing whilst painting their mugs!

How My Personality Is Shaped by My Disability 

My disability is who I am, I am not trying to overcome my disability nor I am trying to define my disability as it certainly defines me. I am an occupational therapist, blogger and activist all because I am disabled so to say that my disability doesn’t define me would be a lie.  My disability… Continue reading How My Personality Is Shaped by My Disability 

A close up of Georgia a white brunette female wearing glasses looking off the the side with a river and bridge behind her.

Using My Blog Purposely With Cerebral Palsy 

In my last post I touched upon disrupting, what that actually means and exploring the power of a blog when disrupting. This made me think about blogging as an occupation. Of course, as occupational therapists we all know about creativity, writing, by extension blogging and how meaningful this can be. When I first started blogging… Continue reading Using My Blog Purposely With Cerebral Palsy 

Georgia a white women sat in a powered chair in a yellow dress. She is on a field and has a green looking sculpture behind her.

How My Ambitions Have Changed Since Qualifying 

Happy Occupational Therapy Month (well it’s more predominant in the US but we’re going to go with it for the sake of the blog). Anyway, let’s get onto it…  For Occupational Therapy Month I wanted to talk about my views of occupational therapy and how this has changed, not just since qualifying but in recent… Continue reading How My Ambitions Have Changed Since Qualifying 

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

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!

A close up image of Georgia- hair straight just below shoulders I have my glasses on and a white top.

Using Online Communities to Collectively Analyse Disability Language in Practice

A few months ago I wrote a piece about Analysing Occupational Therapy Practice With a ‘Disabled Persons’ Eye which was quite a raw reflective piece but this only scratched the surface. Therefore, I wanted to make a series out of this about challenging practice. It was also originally Margaret’s idea to do a part 2… Continue reading Using Online Communities to Collectively Analyse Disability Language in Practice

Myself outside the sun in shinning and a tree is in the background of of focus. I have a black flowery top on.

Analysing Occupational Therapy Practice With a ‘Disabled Persons’ Eye

As I am now approaching the end of my studies (just in case you’ve missed the previous 7 posts- get original Georgia) I find myself questioning occupational therapy practices more and more. I have certainly developed more of a ‘raised eyebrow’ as my lecturer would say. Yet, although it’s only natural to become more critical… Continue reading Analysing Occupational Therapy Practice With a ‘Disabled Persons’ Eye

I am in my garden in a grey jumper and black jeans holding my light blue university folder.

Why as a Disabled Student I Put More Pressure on Myself

As most of you know I’m in my final few months of studying to become an occupational therapist and with these final months comes a lot of pressure and unfortunately this is mainly from myself! Throughout my GCSEs and A-levels I worked hard and got the grades I needed in my final exams. When my… Continue reading Why as a Disabled Student I Put More Pressure on Myself

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’.

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

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.

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.

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?

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