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Keep going! 3 tips for feeling calmer in a time of turmoil

There is so much change and uncertainty at the moment. This can knock our confidence. How can we protect our well being?...

February 5, 2018

Betty Harris and June Street, OBE: lifelong health campaigners

June - thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. We met at Her Majesty the Queen's garden party to which we were invited as charity volunteers. Betty explained that she was planning to lobby Her Majesty concerning your hospital campaign. Can you tell me a little more about that please? We were invited to the Queen's 90th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. They were there to represent the local Clinical Commissioning Group' s activity in engaging residents to in "have a voice" in the ...

November 23, 2016

Are you being heard?

Well do you care?If you can share your experiences with people who are really listening what difference does it make? Nancy Kline, author of 'Time to think', would say ‘all the difference in the world’. I recently had two privileged opportunities to be heard by people who have the power to change the law in this country. This got me thinking....

August 30, 2016

Could Google's 'small change' make a big change for hardworking disabled people?

In January David Cameron criticised business, universities and the armed forces for their ‘ingrained, institutional and insidious’ attitudes which, he said ‘should shame our nation’. The PM was talking about racial diversity. And his own criticism was immediately levelled at the government’s Civil Service by the Opposition. Another aspect of diversity, disability, rarely appears on the PM’s radar of issues worth bothering with. If it did, he could have easily used the same languag...

February 29, 2016

Catch up with yourself

Last month I did a daft thing. But it was also a good thing. Sometimes you have to try to keep your promises to yourself. 13 years ago my Mum died of cancer. 2 years after I ran the 5K Race for Life. Mum’s death had affected me so much, it almost literally felt like a race for my life. And then, guess what? It almost was: I struggled big time to finish just 5 km. My lungs felt as if they were about to explode. A few weeks later, they almost did. I had, unbeknown to me, been running with a lung...

August 13, 2015

Turn your fear on its head: lessons from a scared deaf musician

Do you know the feeling? The request comes through that you have been dreading. And you think 'Uh oh!'. You know – the one which strikes quiet terror into your heart? The one which will find you out? I was on holiday at the time, using the hotel's lobby wi-fi. And there was the email: "Dear Jane, Harry has arranged a piece for a string quintet for the summer concert. You are playing viola. I attach the score. The rehearsal will be on…"Scary right? Perhaps not to you. But I am deaf. OK, ...

June 17, 2015

Capping aspiration?

Here are few quotes for you: 'I want to give people the chance to fulfil their potential'. (Priti Patel, new Minister for Employment, 27 May 2015)'I truly believe we can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing.'(Prime Minister, David Cameron, 8 May 2015).Conservative party manifesto 2015:'As part of our objective to achieve full employment, we will aim to halve the disability employment gap: we will transform policy, prac...

May 29, 2015

Getting elected? Listen to the community. Interview with Josef Baines

As the UK goes to the polling booths, I interview someone familiar with elections and building support for a campaign. Josef Baines is a successful deaf manager at Interactive in London. He was the first elected President of the Students' Union at Brunel University where he took two degrees. Josef is interested in political work in the future....

May 7, 2015

Everyday extraordinary interview: Heidi and Lee Robertson

Heidi and Lee Robertson got married in 2013. Both use sign language as their first language. Heidi was born in Finland and moved to the UK in 2009. She is a marketing expert specialising in social media. Lee, from Scotland, is a graduate in Aerospace Engineering Design and a qualified Psychological Well-being Practitioner....

January 20, 2014

Work to be done!

Who are the UK's super-workers and why are our employers missing out? ...

January 20, 2014

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Joanne Ward

Joanne Ward works at a Centre for Independent Living. In our interview she told me about her work, studies, future plans and dreams....

September 1, 2013

Rights: getting them right

What does the word 'conference' make you think? Long days? Lectures? Feeling you really should ‘network’ with lots of people you don’t know? Me too. But Northampton County Council’s June conference to launch its new Charter of Rights was quite different. Read about why. As I walked in to the Northampton event, several people came up to say hello with big smiles on their faces. They were open and keen to tell us about themselves and their hopes for the future. There was the most positive ...

August 20, 2013

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Shezad Nawab

Shezad Nawab is a young deaf British Asian entrepreneur who uses several sign languages. Based in Birmingham, he has started several businesses with national and international clients. In 2011 he won a Business Initiative Award and Young Entrepreneur award....

July 31, 2013

The day I became an Ambassador

A few years ago, I thought I may write the title above at the top of article about becoming the UK's first ever deaf Ambassador. I was headed in the right direction, having obtained a Deputy Ambassador's post and with several years' experience at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office behind me. The financial crisis and hardening attitudes to supporting disabled staff in government departments changed all that. (See the full story here). So rather than receiving the red-sealed parchment certificate...

July 21, 2013

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Amanda Everitt

Deaf Law graduate, Amanda Everitt, is from New Zealand. She now divides her time between France and the UK. Amanda managed the UK’s first website for deaf young people and is a powerful advocate for the benefits of sign language for all....

May 2, 2013

A life less derelict?

The past few weeks have provided some reasons to be cheerful. I thought it was appropriate to share these in the run-up to Getting Equal's first birthday....

March 17, 2013

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Steph Cutler

Steph Cutler experienced unexpected sight loss in 2003. She found herself in demand to share her experiences and motivate others to achieve their goals and potential. This led Steph to set up Making Lemonade, a high-profile, award-winning business providing a wide range of training and development services broadly in the disability field. How did she do it? Read on....

March 11, 2013

What the PM did (not quite) say about disabled people in top jobs

JC: Prime Minister, could you tell us how you think the UK may be missing out by employing so few disabled people in top jobs? DC: My wife likes to say that if you don't have disabled people in the top places, you are not just missing out on 20 per cent of the talent, you are missing out on a lot more than 20 percent - and I think she probably has a point. JC: Indeed. Some would say that having people at the top who offer a new perspective and who represent the one in 5 customers who also have s...

March 5, 2013

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Deepa Shastri

Deepa Shastri is one of the UK’s most dynamic young Deaf women, working to make the arts in the UK more accessible and to increase equality....

February 15, 2013

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Glen Williams

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November 23, 2012

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Anne Sylvester

Anne Sylvester is Senior Diversity Manager for a central government department and an experienced equality campaigner. She also works as a freelance consultant advising companies and individuals on all diversity and inclusion issues....

October 12, 2012

The arts: space to think

Over the summer I had the pleasure of joining some of the events organised by Liverpool’s Da Da Fest which formed their vibrant international festival celebrating the work and talents of deaf and disabled artists and performers. I could easily have spent half a day immersed in the Niet Normaal exhibition which pushed provocatively at the boundaries of what is ‘normal’. One of the exhibits I could not tear myself away from was by Ben Cove. See below....

October 9, 2012

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Joanne Fardella

Joanne Fardella is a solicitor. She recently started a new role at Joseph Frasier LLP solicitors, leading their department supporting D/deaf and hard of hearing clients. Joanne also lectures in law. One of her two children is deaf. Click for Joseph Frasier site...

October 1, 2012

Mentoring: turbo-power your learning

Mentoring lets you share ideas, solve problems and learn. I have been lucky to have had fantastic mentors. I have also learnt a lot from mentoring others. If you are interested in trying, this blog is for you. ...

August 20, 2012

Everyday Extraordinary interview: Susanne Rees

Susanne Rees is Director of iDID Adventure, a social enterprise building resilience through independent adventure. iDID Adventure website ...

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