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You Feel

Note: Do you suffer from Anxiety? I do. I struggle with these symptoms and sometimes it takes a while to get over them, as anything can set off an anxiety attack. But please don't worry, you are not alone. You feel your body freeze, You feel your mouth go dry, You feel like ...

red heart with the words 22q deletion syndrome

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome.

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome, I am the one with a heart condition, I am the one who struggles to hear, I am the one with just one wish, I wish I could avoid the hospital appointments, I wish I could stop my mother from worrying, I wish there was a life with ...

Bright spot in storm clouds

This storm…

Do you ever feel like you're all alone? I do. Isolation should be stopped. No one likes to be alone. This storm... The howling of the wind, The heavy rain fall, The rumble of thunder, The combination of them all, The storm makes darkness appear, You see no light at the end of the tunnel, You feel like ...

Colin outting together the DAO zine

2018 annual highlights

2018 has been a year of cuts to services, with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) leading the way in protesting against Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the country. Combined with the dissolution of Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Access to ...

Oh Christ, it’s Christmas Again!

Thought I'd write a little poem for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone! C is for Christ, it's Christmas again H is for Hurry, time is running out I is for imagination, what gift can i get them? S is for socialising, and shopping till you drop T is for tree, putting up the Christmas decorations is ...

Wheelchair Tango: UK-Turkey Collaboration

Mehmet Arik is a professional Basketball player and wheelchair dancer from Turkey. He has teamed up with Step Change Studios Dance Practitioner and Tango expert Anna Alvarez to share their passion for Tango with international audiences. The collaboration kicked off with a unique inclusive Tango workshop hosted by Step Change ...

a short-haired dog stares at the camera

It was love at first sight.

. It was love at first sight, We call our dog Jeff, He isn't very bright, But he's still our family pet. He isn't very brave, and runs when the hoover is out, He likes to misbehave, When we go and walk about, His eyes are chocolate brown, His fur is a sandy blonde colour, He acts like a silly clown, And ...

Berlin: Cold City, Warm Welcome

A few years ago, I would never have dreamt of performing my work in public let alone flying out to Berlin to lecture German students about what it’s like being a British-Asian disabled woman writer. Last year I received an email from Dr. Katrin Röder, a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu ...

She tried her hand

You try your hardest to keep a peaceful lifestyle, but sometimes you try too hard. She tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty, She tugs at the heart strings, and tries to keep her sanity. She fakes a smile, and pretends to be happy, To keep a peaceful lifestyle, despite feeling low and ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...