I hate tolerance

  I keep hearing people talk about ‘tolerating’ other cultures and ways of life as something we need to strive for. We need to ‘tolerate’ other people. I really hate that word. Tolerate, to me, feels like a position we are forced to take. In a world that is more globalised than ever before, we Read More…

Why are passports so powerful?

  Trump’s travel ban has really got me thinking about the power of a passport and how severely it determines everyone’s freedom of movement. While being able to travel is a privilege in itself, our place of birth within man made borders decides the fate of how we live our lives. Anybody who was born Read More…

Fasting while disabled: what I discovered

  Today was the first day of Ramadan 2017. In this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset in an effort to increase in self-reflection, empathy, gratitude and patience. This is only my fourth year fasting after a 10-year break following my diagnosis. While I knew I wasn’t well enough to observe, and therefore exempt, Read More…

My big surgery: 10 years later

  On 22 May 2007 my life changed forever.   On that day, almost 10 years ago, I had a 12-hour operation on my back to straighten the curve that was forming at the top of my spine. Two days later, my lungs collapsed, I was taken to intensive care and my parents were told Read More…

Words can hurt me too

  At the start of this month, I had my second session of a year long Leadership Programme I’m participating in. The weekend topic was about society – “what’s really going on here?” One of our speakers spoke about the importance of words, and how they can be used to perpetuate mentalities about marginalised communities. Read More…

The highlights and hypocrisies of Meryl Streep’s speech

  Meryl Streep’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech went viral after she slammed Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during his election campaign. By pointing out Trump’s disgusting behaviour, Streep acknowledged the power dynamic that exists between powerful establishments and disabled people. I applaud her for using her platform to highlight oppression and Read More…