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Bobbie Hickey believes everyone and everything enters our lives to teach us a lesson and to make us think.

Is it that time again? Time to read what a blind girl has to say about the world? Yes, it is. A weekly column by writers with a disability.(...)

Aisling Glynn: “I was never a dog person. Getting an assistance dog has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

I sometimes think about how my life would be without “my disability”. I’m convinced that I wouldn’t be living at home, that I wouldn’t be working so c(...)

Louise Bruton performing ‘Why Won’t You Have Sex With Me?’

Disability has no rigid set of rules so it’s important that we ingest the stories of disabled people in as many different ways as we can. The written (...)

Cochlear implant device for deaf or hearing impaired people

I’ve had a cochlear implant in my left ear since 2011 and, barring one major technical hiccup last year that was resolved quickly, it has been a great(...)

I have spoken about what it is like to be treated differently because of my disability and how there is a need for people to open their eyes and look (...)

Aisling Glynn with Gina, her assistance dog: “I was away for a few days with my family over Christmas. We rented a house in Kerry near the sea. I rented an electric bed and a hoist. There was no phone reception. That was an added bonus – until the last night.”

What makes someone disabled? What makes me disabled? Surely it’s the wheelchair? A weekly column by writers with a disability. I was(...)

Ferdia MacAonghusa: “Illness is something you carry, that you live with however you can. It’s a part of who you are, and being at war with a part of yourself is pretty damn uncomfortable.”

In hospital the first time, a social worker came into my room. I was 16, in a children’s ward – too tall for all the beds and frankly freaked out. My (...)

“There was a time when disabled people’s sexuality was deemed dangerous – a universal taboo.” Photograph: iStock

Recently, in the company of five women with various impairments, all of different ages, there was an acknowledgement among us that our underwear was l(...)

Louise Bruton: “My tee-shirts, jumpers, jackets and coats regularly fall victim to being covered in bobbly bits of wool as the friction between the seat of my wheelchair and my arms, shoulders and back causes them to wear down.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

When you start using a wheelchair, there’s a number of things your doctors and nurses can’t tell you. The things you pick up from the lived-in experie(...)

John Cradden at the Deaf Village Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was up in our attic space at home a few weeks ago when I stumbled on a box of old press clippings from my long and, eh, distinguished journalistic c(...)

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