Disability Horizons’ Newsletter

5 products to help manage fatigue and chronic illness

Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness and can be physical, mental or a combination of both. It is a symptom of many chronic illnesses, including myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). In the past year, it has also been seen as one of 200 symptoms relating to long Covid. If you have issues with fatigue, take a look at these 5 products on the Disability Horizons Shop to help you to pace yourself and maintain hydration, hygiene and energy levels in your day-to-day life.

Tokyo 2020: powerlifting Paralympian Ali Jawad in the spotlight

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, we’re interviewing a series of Paralympians. This week. powerlifter Ali Jawad, who has Chron’s disease and is a congenital amputee, is in the spotlight. He has won the ‘career slam’ of major championship medals at National, World, European and Paralympic levels. Our writer, Zubee Kibria, talked to Ali about his career in powerlifting, and how he became an entrepreneur, starting his own fitness app, Accessercise, designed to help disabled people achieve their fitness goals no matter what their ability.

Tokyo 2020: two more Paralympians in the spotlight

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on 24th August 2021, we’re interviewing a series of Paralympians who are set to compete. This week, we speak to two – visually impaired swimmer Stephen Clegg, and Boccia player David Smith. Stephen Clegg competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and has won medals at the European Championships and World Championships. David Smith, who has cerebral palsy, competed in the 2012 London, which is when we first interviewed him, and 2016 Rio Paralympics. Find out more about their journeys to the Paralympics.

Stopping the hero vs victim narrative for disabled people

Disabled people are regularly perceived as inspirational superhumans who can overcome anything and defy all the odds. They can also be seen as people who are suffering or battling their disability and should be pitied. However, the disability community wants to stop this narrative and just be treated like everyone else. Chloe Tear, a disability blogger who has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment, recently published a blog post where she explains why society thinks disabled people are heroes or victims and how this narrative should be stopped.

Watch our latest TV episode on Disability Pride and ‘Freedom Day’

This week, our presenters are joined by disability blogger Georgia Vine to talk about Disability Pride and what it means to them, as well as ‘Freedom Day’ and the lifting of restrictions in England and what impact it will have on people in the ‘vulnerable’ category. Watch the episode on our YouTube channel, and buy our ‘disability pride’ T-shirt on our dedicated shop.

Download our FREE housing guide

Don’t forget to download our FREE, 17-page housing guide, in partnership with accessible property specialists Branch Properties. It takes you through pin-pointing your requirements, the types and cost of home adaptations, where to look for an accessible house, and the accessible housing ratings. It also includes handy printable checklists so that you can narrow down what you need – and it is all FREE.

Check out the adaptive clothing range on the Disability Horizons Shop

We’ve partnered with a number of disabled entrepreneurs and inclusive businesses to bring you a collection of stylish adapted clothing, including front-fastening men’s and women’s shirts, velcro trousers, tops and nightdresses, kids’ clothing, adapted bras, clothing protectors and wheelchair covers, from brands such as L.ableSeeninThe Able Label, and Care Designs. We also have dressing aids and easy-fastening buttons that can be added to any shirt.

Check out charity Leonard Cheshire’s latest podcast

Last year, charity Leonard Cheshire launched a new podcast series, talking about everything from social care to travelling with a disability. The latest episode is all about dating apps, inclusive sex education and motherhood with Cathy Reay, journalist and mum with dwarfism. She shares her experiences of dating and explains what needs to be done to challenge some of the ableist views that still exist about disability and dating.