The Metro

Don’t Think Disabled People Have It Easy Because We Get ‘Perks’

        By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   ‘But you get free parking, and you get to jump to the front of the queue. What about those nice big toilets, they can’t be all that bad, hey?’ These are just some of the comments I’ve had over the years as a disabled […]

When Spaces Are Made Accessible For Disabled People, Everyone Benefits

  By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I have a confession: I seem to have fallen out of love with London, something I never thought would (or even could) happen. Having moved to the Big Smoke almost nine years ago to follow my dreams and live independently, I imagined spending the rest of my adult […]

Meet The Businesswomen Whose Chronic Conditions Mean They Have To Sneak In Sleep In Toilets

By Dayna McAlpine in the Metro.   It’s 8am on a Monday morning. I’ve had ten hours of sleep, a strong coffee to kick start the day and a cold shower to get my blood pumping before heading to the office. It’s 12pm on a Monday afternoon. I’ve been staring at my screen for three […]

I Want To Work Out But Most Gyms Don’t Cater For People Like Me

By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I remember sitting in the cafeteria of my first ever job in London. I’d moved down from a quintessentially Northern, rural town to pursue the bright lights and see what the capital had to offer. As I sat nibbling on my peanut butter sandwich, I asked the lady opposite […]

You Don’t Look Sick: What It’s Like Living With An Invisible Illness

By Laura Abernethy in Metro.   A year ago, we launched the You Don’t Look Series. Over the last 12 months, we’ve chatted to people from across the UK about their experiences of living with an invisible illness. Most people have symptoms almost every day but because their condition is hard to see, they are […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘You Might Think I Look Better But I Still Feel Horrible Every Day’

By Laura Abernethy in The Metro. Amy Norris, 23, from Southampton has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis) (CFS/ME). As part of our, You Don’t Look Sick series about invisible illnesses, Amy chatted to Metro.co.uk about living with both conditions and how most people still don’t understand chronic […]

Ask About My Disability If You’re Curious, But Don’t Patronise Me

    By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   As a disabled woman, I’ve sadly become somewhat immune to overt forms of aggression and discrimination. I almost expect the lift to be out of service whilst shopping. I also acknowledge that my work prospects are diminished in comparison to my non-disabled peers, and that it’s highly […]

How To Tell If Your Exhaustion Could Actually Be A Symptom Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      By Hattie Gladwell in the Metro. Many of us experience tiredness – but when are your symptoms actually a sign of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? It’s normal to get tired from daily activities, or because you’re not getting enough sleep. Having a stressful day, working too many hours or having a strenuous workout […]

Don’t Assume I Have A Carer Just Because I’m Disabled

  By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   Sometimes people ask me if I have a carer – a question which I find highly inappropriate, ableist and offensive. Still, let’s clear this up: I live alone in London, but I do have a young woman who works for me. I don’t call her a carer, […]

Disabled People Are Sharing The Worst ‘Compliments’ They’ve Received

  By Serena Coady in The Metro.   Ever felt the sting of a backhanded compliment? Perhaps you’ve been told that your English is ‘surprisingly’ good, or that you’re funny… ‘for a woman’. A new Twitter hashtag, #DisabledCompliments, is highlighting that veiled insults are sometimes a daily reality for people with a disability. The viral […]

Disabled People Already Fight Battles Every Day. Making Us Prove We Need Benefits Is Almost Inhumane

  By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   Living with a disability in the UK today means living in a state of perpetual fear, feeling unheard, patronised and at times like a burden – and it can take a huge toll on your mental health. I was born with a genetic condition called Osteogenesis Impefecta […]

My Label And Me: I Am Not A ‘Scrounger’ Because I Claim Benefits

      By Nina Grant in The Metro.   At 18, after six months in a psychiatric unit, I first claimed disability benefits. A social worker helped me apply for supported housing, as well as for the benefits needed to cover my rent and cost of living. Because I was so young, I didn’t […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Say ME Isn’t Real But Trust Me – I Deal With It Everyday’

    By Laura Abernethy in The Metro.   Over 13.9 million people living in the UK are disabled, but many people live with conditions that you can’t always see. They struggle with symptoms every day but when you see them in the street, you would have no idea that anything is wrong. You Don’t […]

My Label And Me: I’m Not Tired And Lazy, I Have ME

  By James Wilson in The Metro. you’re just a bit tired,’ says my friend. ‘Just have another beer, you’ll be fine’. Yep, I am tired but probably not as they, or you, know and understand it. I can’t rest and get my energy back like you can and, as much as I’d like to, […]

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