The wind beneath my wings

I have recently been presenting workshops for Carers of people with disabilities. These interactive workshops are very casual, yet it amazes me that a large group of people can sit in a room and listen to someone speak for a couple of hours, then get up and leave without connecting with anyone else! However, when you ask people to introduce …

The Invisibility of Disability

Have you ever noticed when you are out shopping with your loved one who has a disability that retail or hospitality staff will ask YOU what THEY want? Miss Chloe has always watched them to see whether I am going to speak for her AND if I do…she has ALWAYS contradicted me!! I spent a few years feeling guilty that …

Let the Mountain come to you

Recently I was involved in a Regional Toastmasters competition where the standard of speeches was exceptionally high. However, there was one speech that really resonated with me and my life. The speaker was speaking about mountain climbing and how he kept looking up to see how far he had to go or looking down to see how far up he …

Many disabilities DON’T have a wheelchair

There seems to be this very strange practice creeping into society at the moment. It is also very disturbing! People with disabilities are coming back to their cars to find rude notes attached to the windscreen.They have been parked in a disability spot, they have a disability permit to park there and yet people are taking it upon themselves to …

Let them Flap till they Soar

iDareU recently hosted a workshop to assist carers of loved ones with a disability to become ‘naturally’ involved in their local community. I decided to eliminate all the ‘YEAH BUTS’ and other excuses why this can’t be done at the beginning of the session. There wasn’t one valid reason for not being involved in the local community. The most interesting …