Disability Horizons Newsletter

8 misconceptions about disabled women busted – There are many assumptions and misconceptions about disabled women in our society. Some people think that they are unable to be parents and have a family, that they can’t embrace their femininity, be independent or have meaningful relationships, and are fragile. In this article, our regular writer and wheelchair user Rebecca Sullivan, who has cerebral palsy, aims to break down the preconceptions about disabled women, demonstrating that disabled women can live just as fulfilling lives as non-disabled women.

First disabled contestant on Love Island sparks mixed opinions ITV reality show Love Island has announced its first contestant with a physical disability. Hugo Hammond, a PE teacher and cricketer from Hampshire, was born with clubfoot, which makes the foot twist downwards and inwards. Despite ITV’s efforts to improve diversity on the show, there have been mixed opinions from the disability community. Comedian Rosie Jones and actor Samantha Renke are just two of the disabled celebrities to join in the conversation.

Long Covid and ME/CFS: my ongoing battle with both – Sally Callow, who has ME/CFS and campaigns to raise awareness of the illness through ME Foggy Dog, has been suffering from the effects of long Covid alongside her ME/CFS since contracting the virus back in March last year. Here, she explains her symptoms – including breathlessness, lung and chest pain, and excessive thirst – what problems she still experiences and how they are similar to ME/CFS. Read her story to find out more about long Covid and her tips for anyone with dealing with it

Watch our latest Disability Horizons TV episode on becoming disabledThis week, vlogger Zec Richardson, presenter Mik Scarlett and campaigner Dan White were joined by wheelchair user and outdoor enthusiast Carol Barraclough from the Spinal Injuries Association to talk about becoming disabled. Looking at the mental and physical implications of becoming disabled after birth, they share their experiences and talk openly about how they found the process of learning to live a new way of life. Watch NOW and share your story by commenting.

Help to stamp out disability hate crime by taking our short surveyWe’re working with charity Leonard Cheshire to find out more about disabled people’s experiences with disability hate crime in the UK. Whether online or in public, we want to understand the scale of the problem, what form it most commonly takes and whether any action is ever taken against the perpetrator. Take our short survey to tell us about your experiences and make your voice heard. Leonard Cheshire will be using the results to highlight the problem and help to create change.