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Getting Diagnosed With ADHD At University: What I’ve Learned

The average age of diagnosis for a child with ADHD is between 6 and 12 years old. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 18 and a first year at university, and now that I’m nearing the end of my time at university, I’m reflecting on the experience.  It was at some point during my first […]

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Who’s who in the Disabled Students’ Liberation Officer campaign

This year’s student elections have kicked off and many have been wondering who to vote for. Often, most of the attention is given to the EUSA President and VP races; however, equally important are the Liberation Officers who will be in charge of looking after the wellbeing of our more vulnerable student populations. In this […]

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The highs and lows of TV dating

CW: ableism The spectacle of TV dating exploded onto our screens with The Undateables in 2012, followed by First Dates in 2013 and Naked Attraction in 2016. These shows all offer a more realistic look into the dating lives of the British public, far more than Love Island ever will.  TV dating offers some of […]

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“Despite the effect it has on my life, I am not defined by my illness”

I have still not fully come to terms with the fact that I have a disability. At 17 years of age, I did not think I would find myself at my weakest and most vulnerable state, especially since I was and am still yet to live my life to the fullest. But be that as […]

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Doing lots of exercise will not solve all of your problems

Content warning: mention of bulimia, transphobia and ableism  Let’s talk about exercise. It can be a scary topic for us, recovering bulimics with gym addictions. Gyms are highly competitive, intimidating places often romanticised and used as punishment. If going for a run or pumping iron is your thing, good for you, but there is no […]

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“Jazz hands” instead of applause are not more inclusive

This October, Manchester University decided to ban applause and associated noises (such as whooping) and replace the display of appreciation with the British Sign Language version (colloquially referred to as ‘jazz hands’). The reason given for this change was to be more inclusive of people with sensory processing disorders. I do not agree with this […]

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Sport

Is parasport receiving the coverage it truly deserves?

Amidst a society where health, sport and fitness activities are becoming increasingly prevalent, one part of the population has continuously gone under the radar. Disabled people have frequently been underrepresented in wider world of sport, facing a multitude of psychological, social and physical barriers to fulfilling their personal desires to participate in physical activity. Although […]

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Businesses tackle employment inequality with internships for students with disabilities

Leading disability charity, Leonard Cheshire, has joined forces with top businesses for its Change 100 scheme. This will offer paid internships to students and graduates with disabilities in the Summer of 2019. The award-winning internship scheme provides the opportunity to do three months of paid work experience with top employers such as the BBC, Standard […]