No, there isn’t an official list of disabilities

The Equality Act 2010* defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment [which] has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on... ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities." That's it. No set list of conditions that do or don't count, no strict criteria - it's basically for each person to consider for themselves. This … Continue reading No, there isn’t an official list of disabilities

Slightly self-indulgent post about doing a thing with Channel 4 once

Some of you may remember the initial publicity around what became Are You Autistic? - it made waves for all the wrong reasons. But when Ambitious about Autism's Youth Council wrote to Channel 4 and Betty with our concerns, they really listened. They came to Ambitious to meet with us. They made massive changes to … Continue reading Slightly self-indulgent post about doing a thing with Channel 4 once

I took notes on 15 A Christmas Carol adaptations last week, because of course I did

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted many times in the 178 years since its publication, and objectively the best adaptation of all is 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol. One key factor that makes the Muppet version stand out is, of course, Rizzo the Rat's tail catching fire; yet on the whole, it's a … Continue reading I took notes on 15 A Christmas Carol adaptations last week, because of course I did

Awareness is a low bar – and in the pandemic, we’re still falling short

This week, for the first time since COVID-19 hit, I've started seriously planning my return to the London flat. I'll have to start slowly at first, maybe a weekend. I'd grab some food from the local shop, maybe take pictures of trains in the park (it'll take a few more steps before I can actually … Continue reading Awareness is a low bar – and in the pandemic, we’re still falling short

Half An Edited Diary Entry About Being A Woman This Week

(Content warning: Discusses gendered violence, sexual assault and harassment, though doesn't go into detail on the Sarah Everard case or any other) This week has been five thousand years long. The pressure on women to relive their worst experiences publicly - when we've had this same conversation so many times and nothing changes - or … Continue reading Half An Edited Diary Entry About Being A Woman This Week