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University Halls are no more!

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After spending 9 months living in university halls while completing my first year I cannot believe how fast it has gone! I honestly can't! I remember moving in like yesterday and how a group of strangers became friends. Like many things, when you have a disability these type of experiences will be slightly different to others- but that doesn't mean I have not learned a lot.




University halls mean independence for a lot of people, it is often the first time we leave home, moving away from family and friends we have grown up with, for me this was no different. Yet my independence wouldn't have been safe without the correct support being put into place. From the start of this academic year, I have employed two PA's to support me with daily tasks and within lectures. This experience has been a learning curve for everyone involved. When you are not used to being with someone for 12 hours a day it can take some time to get used to, even if you know they are there for your own …

When two pairs of glasses are no longer enough

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Our eyesight is something we can take for granted, with the vast majority of people not giving it a second thought when reading a sign or typing out a text message. Yet I guess you could say it is the same argument for walking, whether you're going up a staircase or to the shops, it just happens. With Cerebral Palsy it may make you question these things that others take for granted, I just hope this makes us appreciate what we have rather than making us feel like we are missing out, but as you can imagine- this takes time.
My vision complications started quite early on with a squint, since having an operation when I was younger it has drastically improved! I still notice it, mainly in photos or when I'm tired but nothing too major! I know 95% of people who know me will be completely unaware I have a squint (or a lazy eye as it's sometimes referred to) which in some ways is good. This has only led to a few people asking why I wasn't looking at them during conversations, …