Invisible Disabilities Week

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * This is a post I made on December 4th last year and it gives a pretty good summary of the medical challenges I face on a daily basis; most of which you cannot see and unless I’m having a really bad day I […]

What Is Intersectionality?

* This post is written by our Website Administrator. * * TW: maternal mortality. * Hi readers, and Happy Black History Month! For me, as a Black person, Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate and uplift Black culture, Black people, and Black achievement. The sad truth is we live in a society built on […]

Migraine Awareness Week – Not Bad Headaches

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * It’s Migraine Awareness Week and I’m honoured to have been asked to write something on behalf of Access Your Life to mark the occasion. Migraine sufferers know it is such a misunderstood condition, whereby people often use it as an excuse to get […]

Meet Hannah…

* This post is written by our Website Administrator. * Hi, I’m Hannah! As a teen, I was very much a jack of all trades and a master of none, getting involved in all sorts of activities and extracurriculars. I was 16 when I first started experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia that would keep me home […]

Disability Pride

* This post has been written by one of our volunteer content creators. * As we reach the end of Disability Pride Month, I was honoured to have been asked by Lauren to reflect on my thoughts regarding this occasion as a disabled person. Disability Pride can often be a really challenging month for people […]

Top Ten Kitchen Aids – Part Two

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators – it is not sponsored. * The AYL team have teamed up to create a series of blog posts highlighting our favourite disability related products, starting with kitchen aids! As you will see, many of the items listed below are constructed using simple […]

The Little Things

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Small Changes That Make Everyday Tasks More Manageable As I was preparing my lunch a few days ago I was thinking about how I’ve adapted my kitchen to ensure I avoid serious burns, concussions or other fall based calamities. This then got […]

Top Ten Kitchen Aids – Part One

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators – it is not sponsored * Daily living aids are usually small pieces of equipment used within the home to help people with disabilities live more independently. However, not every item lives up to their sales expectations. So the AYL team have teamed […]

Shedding The Shame

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * In my years of activity within the disabled community, I see so many aspects of disabled life that are unique to an individual, or a condition, giving a rich insight into the diversity within the community itself. However, it also shows the […]

Mental Health & Chronic Illnesses

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * As we continue to see life around us continue to resemble what is now known as the new ‘normal’, we’re bound to be experiencing a complex array of emotions. Perhaps relief, perhaps dread, maybe even excitement – but as someone living with […]

A New Life

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Last month, Lauren posted a blog about July being ‘Disability Pride Month’ and the challenges surrounding the concept – especially when your disability impacts every part of your life, including your future plans. As I read Lauren’s blog, I was lying in […]

Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month – an occasion designed to end stigmas, raise awareness and encourage others to accept people living with disabilities as a natural, beautiful part of human diversity. It also coincides with the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing in 1990 – a major movement that you can learn more […]

Carers Week 2020

Today is the last day of National Carers Week, which is a campaign dedicated to recognising the 6.5 million carers living in the UK. This annual event raises awareness for some of the issues carers face on a daily basis; in particular, those who are not paid to take on this role. The campaign is […]

A Taste of Freedom

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * After beginning self-isolation 9 weeks ago I’m definitely getting cabin-fever. My cat Daisy is a great companion, but I’ve been craving fresh air, green trees, and wide-open spaces. Yesterday I woke up at 5 am so at about 6:30 am, I headed out to […]

Meet Lauren…

* This post has been written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Hi, I’m Lauren! I began writing a disability-related blog called ‘aticcersguidetolife’ in the hope of documenting my life as a young person living with a variety of chronic illness, as I quickly realised that there really is not enough support available […]

Wheelchair Customisation – Wheelchair Blankets, Cosy’s & Covers

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators – it is not sponsored. * Once you become dependent on the use of a wheelchair, it is natural to feel as if you are giving up an element of your independence and identity. I particularly struggled with the fact that my chair […]