whoever you want to be…

London with a disability.

I’ve never wanted people to feel sorry for me because of my disability. I don’t need your pity.  I’ve never wanted to be known as “the disabled girl” or as … Continue reading

April 12, 2014

One Year Later and Still the Same Issues – Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder, part two

A little over a year ago I wrote a piece here on Bea about Reeva Steenkamp’s murder: Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder. That was about the fact that paralympic runner … Continue reading

March 2, 2014

Disney and Disabled

Recently artist AleXsandro Palombo created images of the usual disney princesses (including Snow White, Cinderella and Pocahontas) with disabilities. (image description: This is a picture of nine of the Disney … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Be a Hero

Tonight is Children in Need. It’s a yearly event that has run for over 30 years here in the UK with the aim of raising money for organisations which help … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Disabled People

Over the past few days there’s been a lot of talk online about inspiring women. Looking at the discussions has been very interesting. At the same time I wondered “where … Continue reading

August 6, 2013


I’m bored. I’m bored of being seen only as the one in the wheelchair. I’m bored of my disability being all people remember about me I’m bored of being defined … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

One of these kids is a lot like another.

So what have we learned, in our ten years with Jack? Well if anything we have learned that he is more like the rest of the 10 year old boys … Continue reading

May 1, 2013

A New Sense of Community

One of the things I really like about the internet is the opportunities it gives me.  But more specifically I liked the opportunities it gives me for support, community and … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

The future is UP

When Jack was new to us and we began exploring the world of the child with Down Syndrome, the future seemed a far off, distant place. We were worrying about … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

ESA and Me

On Wednesday I went to the doctors and as I was leaving there I missed a call on my mobile. When I listened to the voicemail I was concerned to … Continue reading

March 10, 2013

Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp murder

Last summer’s Paralympic Games brought disability sport into the public eye in a new way. The one athlete who probably had the most impact on the public is Oscar Pistorius … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Undateable? No

The Undateables is back on Channel 4. I refused point blank to watch the first series because I thought it would annoy me. Then I kept seeing the advert for … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments
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