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Yeah, I’m dyslexic- but let me explain

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 8. For an articulate kid who was good at maths, my spelling and reading comprehension was pretty shockingly low. In many ways it made sense; my elder brother is also dyslexic, and so is my dad. But as I moved through the state education system, being taught […]

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History Months: organise to stop tokenising the marginalised

CW: ableism, anti-Blackness As Disabilities History Month is upon us, it’s important to remember that disabilities justice isn’t just a single month’s thought but an ongoing process where one must challenge wider institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, to stop allowing ableism to be normalised and ingrained in our society. From day-to-day terminology such as […]

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Why Disability History Month Matters

November marks Disability History Month and we should all be celebrating. It is a month long national event which showcases the diverse cultural history of disabled people while highlighting the horrific injustices and systematic exclusions the community have forever faced. The first Disability History Month was held in 2010, launching a national organisation that “(created) […]

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The University of Edinburgh is failing disabled students

While this, our Disability History Month edition, features a wide variety of content celebrating the disabled community of the University of Edinburgh, it is difficult to ignore the startling reality that ableism is still an issue which goes very much unnoticed. During the 2015/16 academic year, there were over 37,000 students enrolled at the University […]

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Representation of disability in science fiction versus real life

From space travel to superpowers, science fiction has always presented fantastical possibilities. But when it comes to disability, it doesn’t have the best track record. Does the idealism of sci-fi have a place for representing disability? More importantly, can it be done well? Oliver Bagley, a programmer and geologist based in Norway, compares Unbreakable’s Elijah […]