So, it’s my first blog post of 2019! New Year’s Day was just over a week ago now and was also the day of the last episode of the latest series of Doctor Who. Personally, I wasn’t a massive fan of this series, but there’s an important reason why I’m writing about it on my blog. One of the main characters, Ryan, is dyspraxic. So I thought I would write a blog with my thoughts on how they portrayed dyspraxia, giving an overview of each episode.
When it was first announced that there would be a dyspraxic character I was so excited! This was the first time there had been a main character in a TV series with dyspraxia. Part of me was slightly unsure as to how they would portray it, but reading that Chris Chibnall’s (writer/producer) nephew had been diagnosed with dyspraxia and that the Dyspraxia Foundation had been involved was reassuring.
From the 12th – 16th November it is Anti-Bullying Week. Bullying is something that, fortunately, I do not have personal experience of. Nonetheless, it is an important issue to blog about as sadly, research suggests that children and young people with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than those without disabilities. I often hear individuals with dyspraxia talk about being bullied.
It’s that time of year again… it’s Dyspraxia Awareness Week (7th– 13th October)! Well, it was when I started writing this… I would have liked to have a blog up during awareness week, but I’ve been so busy lately – especially with starting my Master’s degree.
Firstly, I can’t go without mentioning the fact that at the start of awareness week a dyspraxic character was introduced in Doctor Who! How amazing is that?! I’ve written a bit more about it on my Facebook page, I’ve copied what I’ve written below. (Side-note: I’m writing about how amazing that is and ‘dyspraxic’ still came up as an incorrect spelling on spell-check…)
As many of you may have seen in the news recently, some individuals with hidden disabilities will now be eligible for blue badge parking. Whilst this is something really positive, I’ve seen it taken out of context a lot across social media. Disability awareness is something that obviously I’m really passionate about, but I also want to help ensure the information gets out there in the right way. So I thought a good way to get my thoughts across would be in a blog post. Apologies if this comes across as a bit of a rant, but I’ve seen this taken out of context so many times!
Supposedly women are meant to be better than men at multi-tasking. It’s safe to say I’m one of probably many dyspraxic women who break that myth!
Well, technically no-one can actually multi-task. Multi-tasking, in the literal sense, is in fact a myth. We actually switch between tasks, it’s just that our brain does this very quickly so it appears that we are doing multiple things at once.
Finally, a new blog post! Apologies for how long it has been since my last blog post. I can’t believe the last time I wrote a blog post was in August! I’ve been so busy with uni that I just haven’t had time to blog. I’m planning to blog more over the summer though, I have quite a few ideas and much more time to write them (although saying that, I’ve actually been really busy since finishing my exams last month!)
So for this blog post I thought I’d update you all on what I’ve been doing in terms of awareness raising since I last blogged.
Tying shoe laces is, I feel, one of the most common difficulties talked about in relation to dyspraxia, due to our difficulties with fine motor skills. But what can be done to help? I’ve personally found that there are so many different options out there for different types of laces that it can be hard to know which type to get. In addition, some people may have never heard about some of these laces before. So for that reason I thought I would write a blog where I essentially review different types of ‘laces’ I have used. Continue reading “Dyspraxia & laces – what is there to help?”→