Disabled UK bloggers you should follow
To help you do this, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite disabled bloggers in the UK.
Life of Pippa
Pippa Stacey is “the kind of disabled person you don’t see in the media.” A Yorkshire-based writer, author, TEDX speaker and tea-lover. Pippa shares what it’s like living with a chronic illness in your twenties.
Some of her passions include theatre and literature, which she writes about regularly. As well as her experiences with wheelchair accessibility in venues in her home city of York.
Emily Davison, also known as ‘FashionEyesta’ is a writer, blogger, YouTuber, and disability advocate. She chronicles her life with guide dog Unity and has a passion for inclusion awareness.
Yes, I am severely sight impaired.
Yes, I work with a guide dog.
Yes, I can use a mobile phone.
No, I’m not lying about my sight.
— Emily Davison 💙 (@DavisonEm) February 4, 2019
Her blog challenges common misconceptions around disability and life with visual impairment. But it’s also a good place for book and beauty reviews.
Spaced out and Smiling
Jamie Knight is a web developer, podcaster, public speaker and senior accessibility specialist at the BBC. Somehow, he also finds time to share his thoughts on other things. Like new tech, cognitive accessibility and neurodiversity. Jamie uses his sense of humour and wit to explore the light-hearted side of autism. He also shares tips about his daily routines to help others.
(Also check out Jamie’s talk on cognitive access at Accessibility London.)
Gin and Lemonade
Gin and Lemonade is a disability lifestyle blog run by Lorna, who has cerebral palsy. Here she discusses ableism, disability representation and accessibility from her Edinburgh home. As well as the mundane challenges of being a disabled parent. With posts like “Talking to my kid about disability” and “Disabled parenting problems”. (With her signature wit and humour thrown in.)
This online magazine publishes essays and news articles written by and for disabled people. Launched in 2020, The Unwritten exists to share different disabled experiences. Stories of success and struggle, not simply “inspiration porn”. Challenging the narrative that disabled people can only ever be ‘inspiring’ and ‘exceptional’.
Vivek Gohil loves video gaming. Not only does he work as a gaming accessibility consultant. He’s a freelance writer and creates YouTube videos on the topic too.
His blog, Uncanny Vivek, is the place to go for gaming accessibility news and tech reviews. And for thoughts on disability representation in the industry.
Vivek, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, also shares his assistive technology gaming tips.
I’m playing Assassins Creed 3 Remastered – @Ubisoft simplified having to hold 2 buttons to sprint/parkour or lock-on to start combat. This must be the first time Ubisoft added #accessibility features. I wish remastered games like #MassEffectLegendaryEdition also did the same. pic.twitter.com/bAAWShUv3H
— Vivek Gohil ⚡️ speaking @ #GA_Conf (@uncannyvivek) February 2, 2021
Molly Watt Talks
Molly is a consultant and keynote speaker. She uses her platform to advocate for inclusion, assistive technology and accessibility. As well as raising awareness of Usher syndrome and deafblindness. Follow to hear about her experiences with inclusive technology and accessibility.
The Limping Chicken
‘The world’s most popular deaf blog,’ Limping Chicken is a UK, independently-run deaf blog and news site. The site is run by deaf filmmaker and journalist Charlie Swinbourne. It shares stories and news affecting deaf rights.
(Limping chicken also broke the news of the fake sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013.)
Well Eye Never
Well Eye Never is run by Glen, a self-described “culture vulture” who blogs about his life with a visual impairment. Glen shares his experiences with accessible theatre, comedy, concerts and music events in London. He also documents his life in vlogs. Follow for tips on audio-described theatre performances and the technology and apps he uses to navigate the world.
With a strong focus on mental health, No Superhero is full of eloquent and thoughtful insights into the life of Heather. Taking an intersectional look at being a disabled woman with cerebral palsy, complex PTSD and kyphosis (a form of scoliosis).
Life of a Blind Girl
Holly Tuke has been a prolific blogger since 2015. Her posts feature a range of topics. From accessibility and assistive tech tips to reviews and letters to her younger self. Holly also offers advice, education and support on being visually impaired and disabled.
Holly also writes for Scope, check out her post on Assistive technology devices: How disabled people use the web.
Ilana is a published author who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 46 years old. And then autism in her fifties. The CP diary details what it’s like to be diagnosed with a disability late in life. Through llana’s deeply personal daily diary entries, she shares her wisdom and insights on coming to terms with her new reality.
Diary of a Disabled Person
This award-winning blog takes a frank, humorous look at what it’s like to be disabled in 2021. Emma, who has ME and endometriosis, writes about everything from disability rights to sexuality and feminism.
People like to talk about social media as if it were a demon capable of devouring our souls, but in reality it is an essential tool for communication in the modern age, especially for disabled people. The Electronic Society. https://t.co/pndePStEST
— Diary of a Disabled Person (@WheelsofSteer) March 21, 2021
My Blurred World
Elin set up My Blurred World in 2015. She wanted her blog to be about fashion, beauty and an honest look at living with a visual impairment. But she also started it
“in the hope of building the very platform that I could have benefited from stumbling upon when I was younger.”
Since then she has become an award-winning writer in English, and Welsh. And in 2020, she was featured in the BBC 100 Women list.
Another Big Hack contributor, Elin spoke to us about web accessibility and online fashion retailers.
When Tania Talks
Tania is a disabled lifestyle blogger, accessibility consultant and parent (though not in that order). Her blog gives you the chance to see the world through Tania’s green-tinted glasses. Discussing beauty, fashion, parenting and what it’s like having several intersecting conditions.
Chloe’s blog (formerly Life of a Cerebral Palsy Student) began as a place to document Chloe’s life while studying at university. Since then, her blog has grown, receiving numerous accolades.
8 years ago I decided to start a blog. I had no idea that my blog, Life as a Cerebral Palsy Student, would have such a big impact on my life (and maybe even the lives of others). 1/4 pic.twitter.com/4UH7UrHKnp
— Chloe Tear (@chloeltear) March 25, 2021
It’s now a place where Chloe discusses relationships, sex, disability representation and working life. (And managing the symptoms of cerebral palsy in between.)
If you want to learn more about disability and the social model, take a look at our introduction to disability inclusion training.