disability

Barbie Takes Another Move Towards Diversity with Disabled Dolls

Barbie takes a lot of criticism. Her body proportions are unrealistic, and it’s been said that if she were an actual woman, she wouldn’t have the body mass to menstruate (kinda puts the breaks on the pregnancy Barbies, doesn’t it? Did anyone else have one of those? They were WEIRD). …

Why Netflix’s Representation of Disability is Problematic and Damaging

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses ableism, including the use of ableist slurs — In recent months, Netflix has faced controversy for making various disabilities punch lines in several Netflix Originals. These controversies have left me conflicted: on the one hand, as a disabled person I believe in fair, equal, accurate, …

High Femme In High Heels

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — Maybe I watch too much TV. Maybe my fashion sense is too much influenced by 1950s pin-up girls. Maybe I was …

Two Generations of Fibromyalgia

In 1992, 23 year old Sharon McDonagh-Delves gave birth to a baby girl – me. Three months later, following some investigation that started while she was pregnant, her blood test for rheumatoid factor came back positive and she began being treated for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a condition which explained …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

Fundraising for Independence

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to ask for help. A lot of us seem to have this deep-rooted shame in having to reach out and ask for support for whatever it is we are struggling with, but sometimes you have to swallow your pride …

UEA’s New Medical Certificates Policy Creates More Hurdles for Students

At the beginning of August, the University of East Anglia announced that students who need a medical certificate to apply for extenuating circumstances or an extension for coursework will be charged £35 per certificate. This fee has been previously subsidised by the university, but they have decided that come September, …

Fidget Spinners: More Than Just a Fad?

If you have a working internet connection or you are acquainted with anybody under the age of ten then you have no doubt heard of and potentially been annoyed by fidget spinners. Like all playground crazes schools have already started banning them but, unlike loom bands or Pokemon cards, fidget …

A Tale of Exhaustion and Language Barriers

“What type wheelchair?” The Palma airport access desk assistant (who I expect speaks the best english) says to me.   I stand looking at her in silence. You see, I can walk. I walked up to this desk. I had just been to check-in, also on foot. I can get …