Using different types of participants with different kinds of knowledge - disability, access and inclusion experience, professional and specialist expertise - in the design process will make a successful inclusive community.
It is about designing with people, not merely for people.
People with physical and mental impairments often receive well-meaning offers of public assistance, but not always in the most positive or helpful way. Sometimes the good intentions of people have unintended consequences.
There’s one golden rule: just ask.
Our lives are in a constant state of change. That’s just what life is about.
Sometimes we know change will happen, while other times it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Maybe it’s a disappointment, or maybe it’s a wonderful surprise.
Coping with change can sometimes be uncomfortable, stressful or even scary. Some people spend a great deal of time and energy trying to avoid change.
It has been proven scientifically - laughter is good for us.
Laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
Nothing works faster or more reliably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.
Being human can be difficult. We have these things called thoughts and emotions that influence our well-being and our physical and mental health. There is still a common belief that people need to be strong and independent and not to rely on others.
Sometimes it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong, truly does.
As you go through life, you will experience many different ups and downs. Everyone does. In today's world it is easy to assume that everyone else's life is a whole lot better than yours. But no one is immune from experiencing struggles or hardships during their life, or the resulting mental and physical anguish.
Watching my son marvel at the world around him led me to reflect on my own life. I realised that the times I had managed to improve my mental health and get back on the right track was when I explored and tried new things.
Life sucks at times, we all know that. It can dish up some real challenges - physical, mental, financial, family or relationships.
It’s how we deal with our difficulties - the ups and downs of everyday life – and how we cope with them which helps make us the people we are.
It was Bob Dylan who so eloquently said fifty-something years ago, ‘The times, they are a-changin’. History shows us societal change occurs during moments of revolution; when people stand up for what they believe in and challenge what’s always been accepted. Society today is going through remarkable change. Communities no longer tolerate what was considered ‘normal’ behaviours of the past – think the #MeToo movement, racial issues or marriage equality. ‘Allies’ are standing up...