Claire Farndale is a Test Analyst for Northumbria University. She’s also a wife and a mum – here’s her story of living with Cerebral Palsy: So all my life I have had varying levels of discrimination because of my disability whether it be being picked last to be on someone’s team (because you are slow,Continue reading Guest Blog: Claire Farndale – No such word as ‘can’t!
This is my life, my feelings, my achievements and frustrations of living with Cerebral Palsy Campaigning – I’ve spent the last ten years supporting and campaigning for the rights of Disabled People. I ran a campaign to improve the accessibility of my local area – taking it as far as No. 10 Downing Street. FindContinue reading Cerebral Palsy: The good, the bad and everything in between
Thomas Talbot is 13 years old and has Cerebral Palsy – it hasn’t stopped him from becoming a successful international Racerunner. Here’s his story. . . My story Hi – my name is Thomas. I’m 13 years old and I live near Lincoln. I am an International RaceRunner and I have cerebral palsy. I haveContinue reading Guest Blog: Thomas Talbot – My Racerunning Story
At last! After six long years of drafting, writing, editing and rewriting, my memoir, “Does it wet the bed?” has finally been released on the Kindle Store. When I started the book, it was a day I didn’t dare to even dream about. I wasn’t convinced that my writing was good enough to be published.Continue reading My self-publishing journey
Well, the silly season, as my Dad calls it, is over for another year and although I love Christmas, I can’t say that I’m sorry to see the end of the chaos which always descends upon the high street. Retailers always seem to neglect the needs of disabled customers by cramming in as much asContinue reading The Silly Season
After researching quite a bit and talking to other writers and some publishers, I realised that if I want my book to be successful, I have to prove that there is a market for it. But I’d also read that publishers can be put off a book if it has been made public, even partly.Continue reading Does it wet the bed? 3 Chapters available on Authonomy
I’m just putting together a book proposal for “Does it wet the bed?” as even though the book is almost complete, many agents request a proposal as well as sample chapters. In doing so, I’ve chosen an anecdote to start the overview so I thought I’d share it here! More to come over the coming weeks.Continue reading Does it wet the bed? – Free Wheeling
I’ve been pretty busy over the past few months. As well as working on my campaign to make Great Barr great for Disabled People (Great Barr Accessibility Report), and raising my little boy Jack, I’ve been trying to finalise the first draft of my autobiography. Although I regularly write articles for my blog and campaign, this isContinue reading Finally time to look for a literary agent
A few days ago, my husband and I went to register our new son, Jack James at Birmingham Registry Office. It was an occasion which I was looking forward to, as I’m sure all new parents do. However, my excitement and pride was soon replaced by upset and anger when we entered the registrar’sContinue reading A disappointing experience as a new Disabled Parent
I recently delivered a bespoke training session for an organisation in Reading. As part of their equality objectives, they had identified some issues surrounding stereotyping so I was asked to focus on this specific area, addressing the causes of stereotyping and its impact. So what causes individuals and society to refer to people using negativeContinue reading The Media: Friend or Foe of Equality?