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“Will sex hurt with my Cerebral Palsy?”

Posted by | Emily Yates, The Love Lounge, Undressing Disability | No Comments

Dear Emily, My boyfriend and I have been together for a while now, and it’s time for us to go the next step and have sex. I have cerebral palsy, affecting my arms and legs, and I’m terrified that I don’t know what to do, whether it will hurt, and whether it’ll be good for both of us.  Do you have any advice for me please? Thanks, Katie. Hi Katie, Thanks so much for writing in.  This is something that is a real worry for many people, and it was for me, too! I also have CP, so can hopefully…

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Taking my Local Authority to Tribunal – My Experiences as a Parent of a Deaf Child

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I have previously written a blog about a culture of low expectation and my experiences as a parent with my son Terry (names have been changed) who is profoundly deaf. Within the blog I mentioned that I was fighting for my son to go to a specialist school. Well, the tribunal date has been and gone so I wanted let you know what happened. Firstly the process took a long time. In our case it took 15 long stressed filled months. Our journey started at Terry’s annual review when we expressed our desire for him to attend a residential school with…

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Sarah infront of the Eiffel Tower

13 Things to Consider when going on Holiday with a Disability

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I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have asked me whether I’m going on holiday this year. ‘Going anywhere nice?’ ‘Where you off this year?’ ‘You deserve a holiday.’ I KNOW I DO! But I’m not going anywhere, I’m staying put. I will however be having a lovely three week stay in hospital in August, does that count as ‘somewhere nice?’ I think not. I find booking a holiday exhausting; as a disabled person there are so many things to contemplate before even picking a destination.   ACCESSIBLILTY. Trains – Each railway company has their own way…

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“How useful can I expect disabled dating sites to be?”

Posted by | Emily Yates, Mik Scarlet, My story, The Love Lounge | No Comments

Hello Emily, First of all I think it’s a great campaign as disability and relationships need to be open with increased awareness. I am 25 with mild CP I enjoy skiing and going to the gym. I am slightly addicted to spin classes! I have a small group on friends who all have girlfriends and are slowly getting married. I have tried a number of speed dating events including silent dating, blindfolded dating and online dating. I have been honest about my disability in my profile, and have received 0 messages I gave wrote about 50 I am not surprised…

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Claire Holland Head of Training

Claire’s Enhance the UK Update

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I apologise that it may seem like I have fallen off the face of the earth as it’s been quite some time since I have written my last blog and you may be forgiven for thinking that I have been slacking but the truth is it has been an extremely busy time for Enhance the UK and I simply haven’t had time. As it stands I am taking a well deserved rest from cleaning on my Sunday morning to share with you all the exciting things that are going on. Funnily enough writing a blog will win hands down over…

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Sarah, the author

An Introduction to Sarah.

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Where should I start? I’m Sarah, I’m a Scouser living in Northamptonshire with my boyfriend and a broken body. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Fibromyalgia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) – basically, I’m in a lot of pain. I dislocate, I’m knackered all the time and my heart races causing blackouts and dizzy/shaky spells – sounds marvellous doesn’t it? There’s a lot more to it but I’m sure we can discuss that another time. I heard about Enhance the UK on Twitter, they wanted stories from disabled people about their sex lives and relationships; I was totally up for…

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The author Holly Williams

Holly Williams on Disability and the Media

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One of my favourite ways to chill out and relax in the evenings is to head online and listen to one of the many podcasts that pepper the internet. Fairly near the top of my list of ‘must catch’ shows is the one produced by the comedy website Cracked. They specialise in picking apart pop culture to find out why films, TV and music are a certain way and how that affects us as the audience. One of their latest episodes involved them turning their critical eye on the way Hollywood portrays certain groups, including the blind and physically disabled….

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A Culture of Low Expectation – My Experiences as a Parent of a Deaf Child

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My son Terry (names have been changed) is 8 years old. He is profoundly deaf and wears a cochlear implant. He attends a mainstream school with a Hearing Impaired Unit. He is educated for core subjects including English and Maths in his mainstream class with the support of an Educational Communicator. I have had concerns about my son’s progress for quite some time now. When speaking to his class teacher I was reassured that he was doing well academically and progressing well. This has been a pattern that has been repeated at every parents’ evening since he started school with…

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Cochlear-Implant

Deciding to have a Cochlear Implant as an Adult

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Deciding to have a cochlear implant as an adult has been to date the hardest decision of my life and one I didn’t take lightly. You may think ‘wow it will make you hear again, surely it’s a no brainer’ but it’s exactly this attitude which made it so much more difficult for me. You see, a huge part of my self identity is my deafness. It took me many years to get to this point but I was and still am proud to be Deaf. My life experiences, character traits and attitudes have been shaped by being Deaf and…

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Lateef

Lateef’s Story – Born with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

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My son Lateef was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2 lb 8 ozs. He spent the first two months of his life in the neonatal unit. Lateef passed the initial screening test before we went home. It wasn’t long after being home that I realised that Lateef wasn’t responding to sound. He only reacted to toys with lights and never responded to the door slamming or sounds like that. I was so worried that one night I hammered a saucepan with a spoon right beside his cot. He didn’t respond at all. It was then I knew for certain…

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