Observations from a Part- time Wheelchair User

I am a part-time wheelchair user, this means that one day I can use my chair, and the next I can be walking with my stick. Being able to use a wheelchair on a part-time basis allows me to managed my energy levels and reduce pain, allowing me to function more effectively in everyday life. I am exactly the same person whether I use my stick or my chair, so why does the behaviour of others sometimes change?
Over the last few years, I have noticed people act differently to me depending on the equipment that I am using at that time, yet it was when doing my food shopping, of all things, that made me realise what those differences were.

I've noticed that when I use my stick, people don't tend to mind. I sometimes get a few inquisitive looks as they tried to figure out why a 19- year- old is using a walking stick, but apart from that it is fine. People in shops talk to me, telling me how much the items cost and expect me to pay- good job really considering it is my food for the week…

Finding the Positives

I have always thought that it is important to focus on the positives that you have in life, so when asked by Link Disability Magazine to write about this topic I was really happy to get involved! This is my first magazine article I have had the pleasure of writing so I hope you all like it!

Link Disability Magazine (Volume 26, Issue 1) "When initially given a diagnosis for yourself or your child it can be the fear of the unknown that is the scariest part. I was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy (CP), affecting my legs and left arm, at the age of seven and it would have been impossible to predict how things turned out. I understand that CP can be very unique to the individual; for me it has meant muscle weakness, muscles being too tight and lack of coordination and balance. Although my speech is unaffected, it has resulted in pain, seizures and a visual impairment, but here is why I think it is a positive. When I was younger I …

4 years later...

25th March 2013- 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' was created

   Over the last 4 years I have written a lot, and apart from the 6-month break in 2014, it has been pretty constant rambling from a student who has Cerebral Palsy. You've seen the highs, and the lows- and most probably everything in- between. You've seen me get through my GSCE's, A- Levels and first year of university. I hope you have gained a little insight along the way of what life is like for a student who has Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, chronic pain and impaired vision while in mainstream education and attempting to fit in with peers. Yet the most important thing, I hope you have learned you don't actually have to fit in. It is okay to wear zebra print splints with a dress and it is okay to use a purple wheelchair one day and walk the next! If that is the only thing I have taught you then it has been 4 years worth my while.

   If I look back at my very first blog post it actually makes me a litt…

A Parent's Perspective of Cerebral Palsy


For those of you who are unaware, March is always a very exciting month for me. It is Cerebral Palsy awareness month, the anniversary of 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' and it is my birthday. March will mean that there is an even bigger push about awareness about Cerebral Palsy which in my opinion is great, although I appreciate my opinion is slightly bias! The core of raising awareness is often teaching people about the basic principles of Cerebral Palsy in the hope that they gain a little more understanding.
Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in childhoodHalf of children with Cerebral Palsy were born prematurely Cerebral palsy doesn’t mean never walking. Many can, many will.There are four types of CP: spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, and mixed.People with Cerebral Palsy use three to five times more energy than othersEvery case of Cerebral Palsy is as unique as the person who has itThree in four kids experience recurring pain as a result of Cerebral Palsy…

National Diversity Awards 2017


For those of you who do not know, I have recently been nominated for a National Diversity Award for 'Positive Role Model' in the disability category which I am absolutely amazed about! I cannot believe that after being shortlisted to the final seven nominees in the UK and attending the ceremony last year I find myself up for nomination the following year.

To know what impact you can have on people's lives is really powerful- the amount of people who I have never met!

To know that that work I do is being recognised is both amazing and slightly embarrassing, I write because I feel it is almost my duty to do so. I have this opportunity to educate the world and make changes that I would not have the confidence or knowledge to do if I did not have Cerebral Palsy. I enjoy the fact that I can connect with so many amazing individuals who share my passion and this has led to some very special friendships over the last few years. To be recognised at the age of 18 when you are …

Assignments, social attitudes and a lot of coffee!

Now you wouldn’t class this as your typical ‘student Saturday night’, but here I am writing a blog post and in all honesty it is probably a better option considering how busy my week has been! Halfway through the second semester of university can only mean two things, reading week (AKA no lectures for a week) and assignments.
One of the assignments that I completed this week was about social attitudes, more specifically the attitudes around disability, which actually made me stop and think. We live in a world where disability is often betrayed as a negative, it is seen as a weakness. When in reality is that really true? Yes, it may cause a weakness in some respect, for me that is a physical weakness, but is that a weakness of character or make me any less human than the next person- of course not! Yet when searching ‘stereotypes of disability’ this is the first thing that came up: “Tragic figures whom society should pity. According to them, the burden of disability is unending; life w…