My Experiences in Disability Sport – Part 5: An End and A New Beginning

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After the excitement of the School Games, it was then back to school the next day and back to GCSE mocks – not so exciting! I did have a couple of teachers ask me about the School Games, one teacher in particular was really interested, which was nice.

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My Experiences in Disability Sport – Part 4: The School Games

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It was January 2012 when I found out that I had been selected for the School Games, which were to be held at the Olympic Stadium in May. Despite finding out about it myself in January, I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the following month!

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My Experiences in Disability Sport – Part 3: New Opportunities

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As I mentioned in my previous post, having a national classification meant that I was now able to take part in so many more competitions. In 2011 I took part in competitions in Lee Valley, Perivale, Mile End, Bedford, Cardiff and Nottingham. I also took part in CP Sport training days in Nottingham during the Winter.

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My Experiences in Disability Sport – Part 2: Continuing Competing and A New Diagnosis

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After finding out that disability sport was something I enjoyed, I continued training during the winter. It did get very cold and I’d often be wearing about four layers! And that was with me running, let alone my Dad and brother who would often be sat in the stands! My brother was given the opportunity to get involved too though which was great – he even gave wheelchair racing a go!

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Cerebral Palsy – 8 lesser known facts

It’s now come to the end of March and only the beginning of what is a very difficult time for the whole world. It’s crazy how quickly all of this has happened and feels so surreal… This month has also been National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. In some ways it doesn’t feel right to be talking about anything other than coronavirus – is it the right time to be trying to raise awareness? But I started this post a few weeks ago now and wanted to finish it. And perhaps people may want to read something non coronavirus-related. I know writing it is certainly a good way to take my mind off things anyway, so I thought I would go ahead and share this.

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Plastic straws – but what about us?

This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to write about for a while. Although it is something which isn’t discussed as much in the media now as it was a couple of years ago, it is still an important issue – particularly for those of us with disabilities. And I’m not talking about the use of plastic straws, I’m talking about the fact that they have been banned.

Initially, when there was talk about reducing the use of plastic straws, with some news articles stating that they would be banned, I didn’t think that much of it. Surely it was just an idea that had been taken out of context? They couldn’t just ban plastic straws altogether without coming up with a suitable alternative…

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A guide to DSA

1. What is DSA?
2. The DSA process – what should happen
3. The DSA process – what actually happened
4. Useful links

For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently in my first year of university. It’s funny because thinking back to when I was in year 11, I didn’t actually want to go to university at all. I had no idea what career I wanted to do, and I knew that I wouldn’t be ready to live away from home. However, I had always been interested in anything psychology-related and after taking psychology as an A-Level I found that I really enjoyed studying it. My dad then looked into the University of Hertfordshire, and found that it would be possible for me to commute there each day. I didn’t know this, I’d always presumed university meant living away from home. As I began to find out more information about university, I decided that I would like to study psychology at a local university where I could commute. I then heard that there was a university in Cambridge other than Cambridge University itself, Anglia Ruskin University. The ‘typical’ option for going to university seems to be living at the university, so I was questioned by quite a few people about my choice of university. People thought I would be fine living away from home, that I’d be missing out on the ‘university experience’ by living at home. It was so frustrating, as my dyspraxia and cerebral palsy mean that I just wouldn’t get on well living away from home yet – I’m not as independent as other people my age, I struggle with changes in routines (moving away from home would be a huge change!), meeting new people can be difficult for me (so living with people I’ve never even met before would be very hard). Maybe if I was starting university in a few years time I would consider living away from home but I knew that I wasn’t ready to live away from home yet, and not everyone realised that which was really frustrating. So as you can probably tell I was so glad when I’d finally submitted my application…and I was delighted to receive an unconditional offer from my favourite choice of university! I accepted my offer in January and applied for DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) at the end of February, after I had completed my Student Finance application.

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Dyspraxia & Cerebral Palsy – The similarities and differences

As someone with both dyspraxia and cerebral palsy, a question I’ve been asked before is “What is the difference between cerebral palsy and dyspraxia?”

I thought I would write a blog post which looks at the similarities and differences between dyspraxia and cerebral palsy, to try to make it a bit clearer for others as well as for myself! I must firstly point out that obviously I’m not an expert at all and I am writing this purely through my own experiences and research.

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Visible disabilities can also be hidden

There are certain disabilities that people would assume to be ‘invisible’. I’ll often see posts on Facebook saying things along the line of “Share this if you support people with invisible illnesses/conditions” and it’ll have a list of conditions, such as: diabetes, autism, anxiety, depression, epilepsy. I’m sure you’ve all seen similar posts before.

The conditions listed are ones which people recognise as being ‘hidden’. However, one disability which is never recognised as being ‘hidden’ is cerebral palsy.

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