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Becoming disabled taught me that none of us are going to make it on our own. Illustration: iStock

A question has been clanging around in the back of my head recently. What actually is disability? I talk and I write about the concept so often, but I(...)

Louise Bruton:  “You can change how other people view disability by correcting them if they used outdated or insulting words like retard or wheelchair-bound.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The value of friendship is something that coasts along with the various good times in life, but it truly reveals itself during the bad times. We all h(...)

‘Irish Sign Language is officially recognised as a language in its own right, thanks to its users finding their political voice and waging a strong campaign over many years.’ Photograph: iStock

As a profoundly deaf person, I wear my cochlear implant (CI) and hearing aid pretty much from morning to night, so I don’t live in a “silent world”, e(...)

Bobbie Hickey: ‘I wish I could sit here and tell you all that everything has gone to plan, but the truth is, it hasn’t.’ Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Hello! Welcome to another Irish summer – where temperatures reach mediocre heights and everyone’s consumption of choc-ices goes through the roof. (...)

Aisling Glynn and her dog Gina: ‘These are the type of comments and questions you tend to brush off’

I remember getting a phone call asking if I’d be interested in writing a column about living with a disability for The Irish Times. I like writing, so(...)

Historically, the postal vote was the only option for people with disabilities. Official designated polling stations were not accessible. Photograph: iStock

The American mid-term elections last November saw a powerful surge in the number of women elected. Within this cohort, an unprecedented number of Nati(...)

Visibility, and   an accurate sense of how many people share a given identity, plays a key role in identity  politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

There’s been a backlash in recent years, from both the right and the left, over what is termed identity politics. The words will show up among ot(...)

Louise Bruton:"Our time should be valued but instead we’re left waiting down alleys, information desks, holding areas." Photograph: Dave Meehan

I spend a lot of my time waiting: waiting for side doors to be opened and waiting for someone to show me the alternative and accessible route into a b(...)

 John Cradden (right) signing with Amanda Mohan   at the Deaf Village Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A common statistic quoted by organisations working for deaf and hard of hearing people is that about one in 10 of us has a hearing loss to some degree(...)

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. (...)

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