Happy Mother’s Day! ... I'm going to share how i think my blindness is having a positive impact on my kids
5 Inspirational Blind Women
International Women’s Day 2021 In celebration of International Women’s Day I would like to share the stories of five inspirational women. A woman who campaigned for the rights of disabled people, women’s suffrage, labour laws and world peace, a woman who escaped slavery then helped 300 others find freedom, a woman at the forefront of... Continue Reading →
What is Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) to me?
February is Retinitis Pigmentosa Month so I thought it was a good time to talk about the condition behind my sight loss. I’ve never really discussed Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) on the blog, so I’ll talk a little about what it is and what it means to be diagnosed with RP today, compared to what it... Continue Reading →
Blindness and Social Distancing
I recently spoke to a good friend about how Covid-19 had affected all of our lives. We live on different continents, but life is remarkabky similar for us and millions of others as we all #StayAtHome. My friend was interested to know how I was finding social distancing with limited vision. She knows that I... Continue Reading →
The Bright Side of Blindness
Last year our lovely friends at the RNIB asked me write a post for their Christmas blog. I'm re-publishing it here in celebration of the holidays. My eldest daughter is no longer two (and I should probably stop saying I'm in my early thirties) but the remainder is still true, and an important message to... Continue Reading →
Calling Uber Drivers
I should let you know that things have changed a bit since my last post on A Blinding Light. I have neglected my little blog a bit lately. You see, I’ve been busy coordinating a move. Yes, we’re on an adventure again, this time, it’s New York! It seems there’s quite a bit involved when... Continue Reading →
Sunflower Lanyards: A Symbol Of Hidden Disabilities
“You don’t look blind!” is something I’ve heard more times than I remember. Let’s put aside how it makes me feel and how I should respond - that’s a blog post for another day! For now, let’s look at what it tells us. I think it means people are surprised to learn I’m legally blind.... Continue Reading →
Talking Toilets and VI air travel
Firstly let me apologise for the vulgar title of this post - but I promise, it really is an appropriate title! This is an impromptu post which I feel compelled to write whilst waiting to board my homeward bound flight from JFK Airport. On my way out to New York, a few days ago, I... Continue Reading →
Accessibility, part 3 – how can we improve accessibility?
At the beginning of this series I suggested we should try to answer three questions if we want to improve accessibility. So far we have discussed the first two, 'What is Accessibility?' and 'Why Should We Improve Accessibility?'. The third question addresses the 'How', what action can we take and what changes can we make... Continue Reading →
Accessibility, part 2 – why Improve Accessibility?
Motivation to change a mindset There are a number of reasons to improve accessibility and all of them can lead to positive changes, but these motivations are not often deep-rooted enough to change a mindset. In my previous post 'What is Accessibility?' I suggested that rather than seeing accessibility as additional, optional and for the... Continue Reading →