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Eye can do this...

As most of you probably know, I'm registered as partially sighted and have been for a year now- it's gone super fast! They say having a disability can be a bit of a rollercoaster, and having a visual impairment is no exception to this. You will have fantastic highs, daunting lows and tight corners that come out of nowhere. Much like a rollercoaster, it is just one big loop that keeps on going!
Last night was a combination of a tight corner that came out of nowhere and an abruped downward slope that’s taken me by surprise. Resulting in an ugly crying session, hugs and hot chocolate. I haven’t really got upset about my eyesight before. Yeah, there has been the odd moment of reflection, but I often didn’t have time to dwell on it for long. When I was officially diagnosed as partially sighted it was a bit of a shock, and when I got my cane it was also a bit of a shock- yet somehow I wasn’t too fazed by these changes to my life. Maybe because I am used to a range of mobility equipme…

Book Review- Letters To Louis

"I've never quite known where to begin when someone asks me what I've been up to. I've never quite known how to explain what your daily life is like. I wanted to write about it in order to give others a greater understanding of disability and caring. And I wanted to be totally honest, I wanted to write something that would make people consider being Louis's friend.
So this is me introducing you: Louis, this is your story. Readers, this is my son."- Alison White
It is always exciting when disability is represented in books, as this is not something that happens everyday. It is even more exciting to me personally when the book features Cerebral Palsy. So let me introduce you to 'Letter To Louis'. A beautifully written book which is honest and so heartfelt- while raising awareness at the same time. Written in such a way that make you feel like you've got for coffee with Alison and she is just telling you a story.
The book is broken up to chapters depe…

Let's talk about disability

I am no stranger when it comes to talking about disability. It is actually something I am quite happy to talk about, whether this is in a blog post or in person. However, Scope have found that two thirds of people feel awkward around disability, and I believe this needs to change.

Disability is not something that should be feared by others and Scope's Role Model scheme has set out to challenge this notion.

The aim of Scope Role Model's is to end the awkward before it begins by delivering workshops to secondary school students (primarily in Year 8) and just letting them as questions in an open and safe environment. I understand that people may not ask questions about disability because they are worried about saying the wrong thing- or even offending that person. As a result, it has led to a stigma around disability and could even be described as a taboo topic. After delivering one of these sessions myself I have fallen in love with it even more! The hour session is a combination…

Employment is round the corner

Employment is closer than I think, and that in itself is terrifying! The uncertainties about employment are what make it seem daunting, when in actual fact I'm also excited for what the next chapter has in store. However, before I even starting thinking about a job, I still need to find a suitable work placement for the end of this academic year!
At the grand age of 19, I've never had a job. I've babysat for some friends and volunteered in a charity shop for a few months, but nothing more then that. This doesn't mean I don't want a job, or that I would be incapable of getting any kind of job- quite the opposite! People of my age tend to work in pubs, restaurants, retail or in cafes. There is nothing wrong with these jobs at all, but can you imagine me carrying multiple plates and drinks across a busy room with multiple obstacles?! I might try this for a laugh, but I'd be paying them for the broken items at the end of it! 
As well as finding a job that is practica…

Don't Pre-judge the Pre-cut!

We all are a prone to choosing connivence foods- myself included. In today's society we are more likely to pick up these items to save time and make it easier in the kitchen. Whether you have a family to feed or are working longer hours (or both!) then pre- prepared food will be more enticing during the dreaded weekly shop.
However, last week an article was published on Huffington Post titled: M&S Pulls 'Cauliflower Steak': Other Supermarkets Also Sell Over-Packaged Vegetables which shames supermarkets for their unneeded plastic packaging. This started when a customer went to twitter to share her concerns about the product. After gaining a large following the 'Cauliflower Steak' has now been removed from M&S shelves.

But why is this bad? Cutting down on the use of unneeded plastic will benefit the planet and follows Theresa May's long- term plastic ban in the process. Like tweet above illustrates, why buy sliced cauliflower when you can buy a whole one …