For more than a decade, disabled contestants have had the opportunity to take part and compete in TV reality and talent shows, with many reaching the finals and even winning. Not only is this bringing more inclusion, diversity and equality to mainstream media, but it’s also breaking down stigmas and barriers about disability. Our contributor, Emma Shepherd – who works as a disability training consultant – rounds up 10 disabled celebrities that have appeared on TV reality and talent shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity, Dancing On Ice and Celebrity MasterChef.
Ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics, we’re interviewing a series of Paralympians who are set to compete. We will be talking about career success, highlighting individual achievements and finding out what they are most looking forward to at the games. This week, we speak to Sophie Christiansen, a champion in Para-dressage for Team GB. She is set to compete in her fifth Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Our writer, Emma Purcell, spoke to Sophie about her career, her preparations for Tokyo 2020, living with cerebral palsy, working as a software developer and being a disability activist.
Many disabled bloggers and influencers use their platforms to share the highs and lows of living with a disability or health condition. But how do they balance the positivity and reality in their content? Holly, a visually impaired blogger, recently published this blog post on her blog Life of Blind Girl, in which she examines how she finds the balance between sharing positivity and the reality of being a disabled person.
In our latest episode, our presenters share their experiences of dealing with doctors as a disabled person and with mental health issues. They are joined by Grace Spence Green, a recently graduated doctor and wheelchair user, who talks about what it is like being a disabled doctor, as well as how having a disability can help medical professionals to understand their patients. Watch the episode and check out our previous episodes on our YouTube channel.
With much of the UK opening back up, we’ve got a number of essentials you’ll need on the Disability Horizons Shop, including hand sanitiser, comfortable and durable disposable gloves, extra-thick plastic aprons (useful if you use PAs) and medical face masks. Plus, much of it is NOW ON SALE.
Don’t forget to also check out our face mask breathing inserts to help you breathe in your mask in the hot weather, our ‘social distancing’ sashes and lanyards to remind others to give you space despite restrictions lifting, and our ‘I have been fully vaccinated’ cards to show others you have had your vaccines.