Aspergers Syndrome and Politics

by David Nicholson, Conservative Party Member When I was young boy I knew I was different. I was quiet. I was shy. I was a loner and did not make friends with many people. I was bullied and teased by young people who regarded me as a freak and an alien. I was obsessed about…

Dyspraxia

By Hannah Bettsworth, Campaigner and Liberal Democrat My disability is an invisible one – dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, a specific learning difficulty. The single most common thing I get asked is ‘is that like dyslexia?’ The answer is – no, not really. It’s part of the same group of disorders, but the person who…

Anxiety & Depression

By Jamie Walker, Campaigner and SNP Member I have long held the view since a very young age that the ability to be involved in politics – whether within a party, charitable organisation or even as a single cause – is a noble endeavour. To put in simply, politics, despite all the negative press and connotations,…

Am I a carer?

by Lesley Maxwell I often read about carers and feel humbled by the job that they do, the challenges the face and compassion they show. Then it hits me! I am a carer too! Yet I don’t necessarily fit the mould. You see I am one of those carers that some other carers look down…

When flexibility isn’t healthy

by Shona Graham My mum was 21 years old when she had me, at that age she needed a hip replacement but she was told she was too young.  I grew up with a mum who had arthritis and I thought that was normal. I first started getting arthritic pain in my joints at about…

#RealCarersWeek

By Sandra Webster, National Co-Spokesperson for Scottish Socialist Party This week the world has circled round the sun for another 52 weeks and it is again time for Carer’s week. It is a time when what carers do is celebrated. It usually has a theme and this year it is Carer friendly communities. If all…

Private: Politics and Mental Illness

In this blog, Lorna Murchison, a One In Five ambassador and Scottish Green Party activist, writes about politics and mental illness. Two months ago, I sat in the waiting room of an NHS psychiatrist’s office opposite a middle aged woman. She wanted to chat, to calm her nerves. “I thought Phillip Schofield was talking to…

A Show of Strength

By Sarah Eckford, SNP campaigner A month or two ago, I heard about a campaign called the One in Five Campaign.  It is built on the premise that roughly 1 in 5 people in society have some kind of disability and this should be represented in areas of political representation, as well as within wider…

You Can Do Anything You Want

By Seumas Skinner, SNP activist. I’d never heard the phrase “Asperger’s Syndrome” before I was diagnosed at high school. I can’t even say I was really aware of Autism or other neurological disabilities then. Like everyone else at school, I just wanted to fit in, and being told that I was medically, genetically and behaviourally…

Opened Doors

by Scottish Green Party member Sarah Anderson Looking back, disabilities of one kind or another have played a large part of my life. I am disabled in more than one way, both hidden and visible and to greater and lesser amounts. When people ask me to list my disabilities I’m greater for the tick more…