Top Ten Kitchen Aids – Part One

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 together with the AYL team, we have created a series of blog posts highlighting our favourite disability related products, starting with kitchen aids! […]

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 plans for the future. As I read Lauren’s blog I was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Emma…

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators. * Hello! Who am I and how did I get here? There are many words I could use to describe myself: a teacher, a Christian, Autistic, single, a creator, a friend, someone living with chronic illness…I could go on forever! But although I’ve […]

Wheelchair Customisation – Wheels, Spokes & Covers

* This post is written by one of our volunteer content creators – it is not sponsored. * When I first began relying on a wheelchair to get around, it was like giving up an element of my independence and identity. I felt stuck with a chair that didn’t exactly represent “me”, as it was […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, I thought I would write a post to give people an insight into some of the mental health struggles people living with a disability face! Disabled people are often forgotten about when it comes to mental health issues and it needs to change! People living with […]

100 Out Of 100

Some of you may have heard that Dr Phil (an American talk show host) recently claimed that #100outof100 interabled relationships FAIL! So I am jumping on the bandwagon to show the world just how inaccurate this statement is! When Felix & I first started dating, I was very hesitant to tell him the true extent […]

Rare Disease Day 2019

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective is to raise awareness for all rare diseases and the impact they have on patients’ lives. Whilst also prompting researchers, universities, students, companies, policymakers, and clinicians to do more research and to make them aware of the importance of […]

Dysautonomia Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month? A month dedicated to highlighting some ways in which the Autonomic Nervous System (can malfunction, including Dysautonomia! Trigger Warning – As this post is aimed at raising awareness, I wanted to showcase some of the debilitating symptoms caused by Dysautonomia using raw images. They are certainly not the most […]