Author Archives: lorrainegradwell

About lorrainegradwell

Active in the disabled peoples' movement since the early 80's, stepping back a bit now but still speaking up and still looking for independence and an end to discrimination.

Patient – centred care?

I’m about to not-turn-up for a hospital appointment, and I’m probably not going to let them know. I don’t make a practice of this – I always give notice if I can’t make an appointment but this is different.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Easy Come, Easy Go.

You may have seen my recent blog about how, on 4th January, I flew from Manchester to Tenerife but easyJet flew my power-chair from Manchester, to Brest (NW France), to Paris, to Gatwick, and then to Tenerife where I was … Continue reading

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Resilience.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s my wheelchair! Resilience? Don’t make me laugh! So our flight was diverted to Brest for a medical emergency, fair do’s. But that added two hours onto a five hour ‘cross … Continue reading

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Choice and Control update

It appears there’s a technical hitch: apologies, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible . . . .

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The Privilege Paradox #2

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Choice and Control Survey

Tell us about your experiences of choice and control over care and support  The Independent Living Strategy Group is made up disabled people and allies from a range of organisations. It is convened by Baroness Jane Campbell. The Group is … Continue reading

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The Privilege Paradox

Much has been written in recent years about the ‘scroungers and skivers’ rhetoric, with good cause. The relentless negative portrayal of disabled people by both the government and the general media has, arguably, resulted in worsening perceptions of disabled people … Continue reading

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