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Thursday Truths: Toby Young and Mainstream Education

On the 1st January 2018, it was announced that former The Sun journalist and free school advocate Toby Young was appointed by Theresa May’s Conservatives government to the executive of the newly created Office for Students (OfS). This is to help head the government’s drive to apply market forces to higher education in England, as […]

2017 - A Reflective Look Back

Here we all are, at the end of another year, wondering where it has disappeared to. We usually take this time to reflect on the year that has gone back and see what we can do and learn to bring forward with us to the incoming year. I shall be no different. 2017 is a […]

Thursday Truths: Philip Hammond – Divide and Conquer

This month the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond came out with a statement that hurt and angered many people with disabilities in the UK and wider. He said that people with disabilities who are in employment could be partly blamed for the sluggish productivity of the British economy. This is a totally unacceptable […]

Thursday Truths: Bringing Disability to Mainstream TV Drama

Despite disabled characters appearing ever more frequently on TV, Raquel Marie Mason and David Wyllie intend to take that to a ground-breaking new level. Turning Circle, a mainstream 3-part TV drama, ensures that disability is not a taboo subject, but a personable insight into that life. This gutsy drama contains strong characters that tackle issues […]

Thursday Truths: Translink to ZZ Top

Last year my friend Rosie and I decided we would hit Dublin in the summer of ’17 to see American rock legends ZZ Top live at the 3Arena. So straight onto Ticketmaster to book our tickets and onto booking.com to get our hotel booked. The only concern I had was transport up and down to […]

Thursday Truths: Doctor Who is a Woman, Dermot Reacts

Everyone here should know by now, my all time second favourite television programme is of course Doctor Who. Quantum Leap of course being number one, if you’re curious. Last Friday the BBC announced that they were going to reveal the identity of the 13th Doctor, after Peter Capaldi regenerates in the Christmas episode. The excitement […]

Thursday Truths: A Right To An Education

My experience as a child going into the school system I learnt of three schools in that are currently being sued by families for refusing pupils with disabilities to attend their schools. They were being supported by the Equality Commission on these cases and the families agreed to settlements against Wallace High School in Lisburn, […]

Thursday Truths: What Is A Disability?

For many years and still on many occasions, people ask me what it’s like to be disabled. My first reaction is to reply, “I’m not!” This surprises many people and sometimes leads to further conversation. I am 37 years old now and for the majority of my time, I have not felt or would describe […]

Thursday Truths: Building The Right Future Together

The core part of My Way Access and the main reason it exists, is to highlight areas which are accessible and inaccessible for people with disabilities. This is so that people can make informed decisions of where to visit in new locations. It is also to give businesses and tourist sites an idea on how […]