A photo of Georgia a white woman in a green outfit with glasses on. To her left is her mum, white female in a red dress and her dad, white male, on her right in a black top. They are stood round a pool trees and mountains are behind them.
Cerebral Palsy, Disability Rights, Occupational Therapy

The Medical Model of Disability and Standardised Assessments

The Medical Model of Disability is often talked about in occupational therapy and in fact, it’s debated a lot. The Medical Model was most recently debated at the start of 2022 when the Royal College of Occupational Therapists changed its logo from the Phoenix which as I’m sure many will remember generated lots of conversations. … Continue reading The Medical Model of Disability and Standardised Assessments

Cerebral Palsy, Disability Rights

Disability Pride Month NOT Inspirational Porn Month

It’s July which means it's one of the greatest months of the year - DISABILITY PRIDE MONTH!! So whilst we all soak up the disabled joy this month I wanted to remind those outside of the disabled community that this month is about CELEBRATING disability, not PITYING disability. I mean why would, you want to… Continue reading Disability Pride Month NOT Inspirational Porn Month

Disability Rights

Is Language and Terminology on Your Audit Agenda?

Yep, another language and terminology blog. But, this time I’m not here to talk about the ableist language and terminology as such. I’m here to discuss the ableism that gets perpetuated through the words that we use in practice and the way we use them, especially for those new to the world of disability. A… Continue reading Is Language and Terminology on Your Audit Agenda?

Disability Rights

Can ‘Compromises’ in an Integrated Care System Perpetuate Ableism?

Systemic ableism it’s a fairly big concept. For those of us who don’t eat, sleep and breathe disability activism like myself the idea of ableism being perpetuated can be hard to understand. But to act as anti-ableist allies, we must understand this concept to be able to recognise and act upon this. But, how do… Continue reading Can ‘Compromises’ in an Integrated Care System Perpetuate Ableism?

Cerebral Palsy, Disability Rights

Manuscript Submitted, What’s Next?

Howdy, and apologies for the silence, I can’t believe we are 4-months into the year and this will only be my third blog?!! I’ve missed blogging so much! It was never my intention to be as quiet, but my manuscript is submitted and I have so much to update you on! You’ll be fed up… Continue reading Manuscript Submitted, What’s Next?

Disability Rights

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 

Disability Rights

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 

Disability Rights, Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist

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 

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!

Disability Rights

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