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Stairs or Lift? Your Choice Can Make a Big Difference to a Disabled Student

I never intended to write about the way some young people treat me as a person in a wheelchair. I always thought it would either be seen as moaning or trying to make people feel sorry for me and I never wanted either. What has made me write now is the attitudes of some of …

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WHAT REALLY MATTERS: “I’M NOT HERE TO TEACH YOU ABOUT THE BIRDS AND MY NEEDS”

*I wrote this piece with my friend Sally Whitney Find her on Twitter here* Emma and Sally give their experiences in “Online dating as a disabled woman…..” As two young, disabled women who have both tackled the battleground of internet dating with varying results, we, Emma and Sally, want to dig a little deeper into the …

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When a Doctor Told Me I’d Just Have to Live With Chronic Pain

I have always had positive experiences with doctors, particularly for someone with a rare and complex condition. I have spinal muscular atrophy, I am a full-time wheelchair user and am on a portable ventilator via a tracheotomy. I know lots of people who have struggled to get doctors to listen to them or help them with …

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Self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic

This blog by Trailblazer Emma Vogelmann is the first in a series on life during the coronavirus pandemic as a young disabled person. We will be featuring stories from several people and encourage you to get in touch if you’d like to share yours. I like many people, have been self-isolating for a couple of weeks because …