Tag: disability

  • Life Got Dark

    Life Got Dark

    Estimated reading time: 2 minutes Life got considerably darker last month. Unfortunately, after 12 months of fighting I have lost the sight in my left eye.

  • A Patient’s Guide to Eye Surgery

    A Patient’s Guide to Eye Surgery

    Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Practical, honest and positive advice for attending a surgical hospital appointment. Written by a sight loss patient with type-1 diabetes (T1D).

  • Face Down, But Looking Up

    Face Down, But Looking Up

    Estimated reading time: 6 minutes It’s been a challenging winter health-wise, with multiple eye surgeries and extremely poor vision. But family, friends and NHS professionals have helped me find enough fortitude to reach the other side.

  • Happy St Andrew’s Day!

    Happy St Andrew’s Day!

    Estimated reading time: 2 minutes In just six weeks my ‘Hello, Toilet Dolly!’ fundraiser has reached its goal of £1,000 for the sight loss charity Sight Scotland!

  • Fabuland Story Time

    Fabuland Story Time

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Finished a microscale version of Fabuland set number 341: ‘Catherine Cat’s House and Mortimer Mouse’ at the weekend.

  • Are disabled web publishers hidden behind their content?

    Are disabled web publishers hidden behind their content?

    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Making our online content accessible to a broad audience is something a lot of us strive to achieve. But how many of us consider who created the content we consume daily and what their publishing journey was?

  • My sight loss journey

    My sight loss journey

    Estimated reading time: 7 minutes After five major eye surgeries for a detached retina I’ve written a new reflective blog post describing my experiences to date. I’ve illustrated my vision loss for each medical procedure and current condition to potentially help others going through similar medical journeys.

  • Virtual elf benefits

    Virtual elf benefits

    Estimated reading time: 2 minutes I had a great time attending our virtual festive office party this week. A kind team of University colleagues designed a creative agenda, stuffed full of genuine LOL moments for us all. Inclusive event Traditionally we’d all have a wee quiz and fancy meal in an Edinburgh restaurant. For 2020,…

  • Struggling with vision loss

    Struggling with vision loss

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Within the last month the vision in my right eye has significantly diminished. This personal blog post details what the impact has been on my daily life and how recent web accessibility work has helped me cope a little better. Subtitling legacy content Since 2014 we’ve always made a concerted…

  • Level-headed


    Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Yesterday was my first day working from home in my new office (corner of dining table). As someone living with insulin-dependent diabetes I have an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus and according to current government guidance should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, including significantly limiting face-to-face…