Disability Horizons Newsletter: Xmas Gift Ideas & Lots More

10 luxurious and original accessible Christmas gifts and ideas

Looking for that perfect gift for your disabled friend or loved one this festive season? We’ve rounded up 10 luxurious and original gifts, from high-end wheelchair gloves and fun T-shirts with disability-related slogans, to a beautiful but practical folding walking stick and stunning cutlery set for people with dexterity issues. They’re all available on the Disability Horizons Shop

Anna Cannings: blind actress who stars in BBC crime drama Strike

Anna Cannings is a blind actress from Sussex, best known for her appearance as Della Winn in the BBC crime drama Strike. She was born totally blind and has a career in acting, speaking and modelling that spans more than 20 years. Our writer, Emma Purcell, interviewed Anna about what life is like as a totally blind person and her extensive career in the media industry as a disabled woman.

Disability and me: an open letter to my younger self

Writer, blogger and editor Raya AlJadir, who was recently awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for mental health journalism, reveals what she wishes she could have told her younger self about the experiences of being a disabled woman. Looking back at her high, lows, mistakes and triumphs, she touches on a range of experiences that many of us will be familiar with. Read her honest and insightful letter to see how much of her journey you recognise in yourself.

How the media is changing the landscape for disability and inclusion

Michael McEwan is a journalist with cerebral palsy specialising in radio broadcasting. He is also an advocate for disability inclusion and positivity, speaking regularly about issues affecting disabled people. He recently joined the Stay Up Late campaign, an initiative aimed at giving disabled people more freedom and independence. Here, he talks about how the media industry is changing for the better and how you can get involved in the campaign.

DON’T MISS our handmade Christmas cards designed by disabled artists

This Christmas, we’ve asked artists who are disabled, have a long-term health condition or a connection to disability, to create unique and charming Christmas card designs. They include something for everyone – adorable penguin cards with or without Covid-related humour, vintage-style angel and tree cardsmagical and mystical cards and funny animal critter cards.

We speak to Ramble Tag guidance aid Co-creator Tom Forsyth

The Ramble Tag is a guidance aid for blind and visually impaired people to help their companion guide them safely. Co-created by Tom Forsyth, who is blind himself, find out what inspired him to invent it and how it can help in a range of situations, from going out for a woodland walk or to a cafe with friends, to travelling through an airport or doing your supermarket shop.