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Am I disabled or a mutant?

Hayleigh has a Masters in Creative Media Practises and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She’s going to use her expertise to debate where the world of entertainment and disability meet. This month, the X-Men. #DHguru – join in the debates on Twitter @DHorizons I have a bit of an odd theory and I need you to stick

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Disability, sex and relationships: considering transitioning gender

In our series on disability, sex and relationships, expert and resident agony aunt Tuppy – who runs Outsiders, a private club for disabled people looking for a relationship – answers your questions. This week she answers a question about considering changing sex. #DHguru – join in the debates on Twitter @DHorizons Dear Aunty Tuppy I am a physically disabled man in my

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Disability and independence: comfort and independence in the bedroom

Frances Leckie, editor of Independent Living, looks at developments to help with improving comfort and independence in the bedroom. #DHguru We spend an average of one third of our lives in bed, and it may be considerably more than this if you have a disability or chronic condition – so making it as comfortable as possible is paramount. I have

Q&A with Paralympian with Ryan Cockbill

Ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, we’ve chatted to Paralympic hopeful Ryan Cockbill about being a Paralympian, target shooting, and how sport has helped him recover from the accident that left him disabled. Please can you tell Disability Horizons readers a bit about yourself and how you started out in your career? I live in a small town called Aldridge in the

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The power of social media for disabled people

There have never been so many different ways to influence decision-making at all levels of society. Social media allows disabled consumers to have a direct conversation with brands and companies. They are taking notice. Scope tells us more about some of the success stories, and how you too can make a difference. Manchester United Martin Emery is a life-long Manchester United

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My Extraordinary Life: an amputee’s story of inspiration

Born without legs and with one arm, Monica Sucha Vickers could easily have given up hope of ever living life to the full. But she has led a busy and inspirational life, always believing that having a disability just takes someone on a different path. She feels the greatest challenge is to change perceptions and stop people from seeing a

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and the travel accommodation lottery

Florence Nightingale’s birthday, 12th May, is International Awareness Day for neuro-endocrine-immune diseases. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sufferer, Juliette Llewellyn, explores the travel accommodation lottery that comes with environmental illness. “Top to bottom,” he says, as I roll my black suitcase to the lift. “We’re decorating top to bottom.” He presses the silver button. “And we’re going to the first floor?” I

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Disability, sex and relationships: sex workers

In our series on disability, sex and relationships, expert and resident agony aunt Tuppy – who runs Outsiders, a private club for disabled people looking for a relationship – answers your questions. This week she talks about getting access to sex workers. #DHguru – join in the debates on Twitter @DHorizons Dear Aunty Tuppy I am a middle aged man with motor neurone

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Disability and music: disabled musician Ally Craig in the spotlight

We’ve set music writer Meghan out to interview leading disability musicians to find out how they got into music, how their disability affects their performances and how accessible concert venues really are. This week, she talks to Ally Craig from Bug Prentice… Music is supposed to take you away from everything: your thoughts, enemies, and sometimes even your disability. Music doesn’t

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We tackle employment, support and accessibility in a Q&A with the Minister for Disabled People

Disability Horizons guru Fleur Perry, a freelance journalist and social commentator, joins our regular writers to bring you her thoughts and opinions on the latest political debates. This month she speaks to Justin Tomlinson, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People, to ask about the state of employment, support and accessibility for disabled people now, what he’s doing to improve things