Monday journal… 6 June 2016

Okay, it is a Monday and I have decided to restart my Monday journal. It was nothing to do with not managing to make any progress that I stopped, the reason that I actually stopped updating this was because I was concentrating on the story a day challenge that I was taking part in during [...]

Monday journal… 15 February 2016

Well, here we are at the start of another week! I can hardly believe that we are in the middle of February because it seemed like only yesterday that we were seeing in the New Year! Anyway, I have very little to report to you about my work in progress. This is because I have [...]

Thoughts on the international disability access symbol

I am a wheelchair user, but, have seen people telling non-wheelchair users they are not disabled. To change attitudes, change the symbol!

Elle and the Auto Gnome

There has been some talk of late about the international symbol of disability access…

accessibility

We all recognise this, right?

It’s a symbol that everyone can understand without the need for language. We all know that this wheelchair symbol does not mean ‘us’ unless we are disabled. So these symbols get used in many countries to point out disabled-specific facilities such as parking spaces, wheelchair accessible toilets, alternative doorways for the disabled, safety ‘shelter’ areas in multi-storey carparks for those who cannot take the stairs in an emergency, and so on. We all know what this symbol means – there is no confusion over where the disabled facilities are.

Nothing is ever that simple, however.

The universality of this symbol (metaphorically speaking, although aliens may well need disabled access too 😉 ) means that over time the association has been less about the facilities it was intended to represent and more…

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Freidrech’s Ataxia

So I thought it was probably time for me to blog about my illness/disability. It will help you guys out when I keep mentioning it, because you will know what I am talking about! It is called Friedrich’s Ataxia, and the official definition is: Friedreich's ataxia is an autosomal recessive inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system, resulting in [...]