Independent Living

International Wheelchair Day

Happy international wheelchair day.  When I was 7 I asked for a power chair for my birthday. Until then I had been pushed first in a pushchair, then in a...

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The roofline of York Minster

Blue badge parking in York

I live in the beautiful and vibrant city of York.  A place that is full of history, culture, and art.  With streets full of cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs.  Shops...

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Two women, Beth Moulam and Christie Hutchings wearing red jackets holding the Paralympic Torch in Tokyo 2021

Reflecting on 2021

A strangely different year of highs, lows, close encounters, and building long-distance relationships for everyone. Definitely, reflecting on 2021 has been a year when I guess we’ve all had times...

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Young woman with cerebral palsy in power wheelchair entering a shop

Occupational Therapy Week

OOOh, this has apparently been Occupational Therapy week and I am immediately reminded of the lovely Jenny.  She was my OT from way back. I think from when I was...

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Open bags and suitcases in navy blue with Great Britain logos

Packing for the Paralympics

The bags and cases have been packed, unpacked, repacked, weighed, and weighed again, and still need some tweaking.  Packing for a boccia camp or a holiday is always a military...

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UK guidance on accessible homes

I've blogged before about why I ended up building my own home, sadly I couldn't find anything that met my needs as a power chair user. Based on my experiences...

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Beth Moulam AAC user with cerebral palsy. Flying with a personal assistant over the Great Barrier Reef

It’s all in a name: Employing personal assistants

When I started out employing personal assistants at the age of 12, as a family, we considered all of the different titles the role may be called from carer to...

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Personality matters – recruiting personal assistants

I mentioned in my blog in June about the importance of having positive relationships with personal assistants. The recruitment process is key to making a good appointment.  It is not...

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