Why Society Sucks for Disabled Workers

CN: Sensitive content, discussion about death, benefits, welfare reform and ableism. Attempting to study or work while having a disability or disabilities can be tough. Don’t get me wrong; your natural reaction shouldn’t be to feel pity or upset at the difficulties and challenges faced by myself. Instead: feel anger….

Being a Disabled Student is Hard, Being an International Disabled Student is Excruciating

It has been close to 5 years since I woke up in the morning without wincing in pain, but whether I like it or not, my chronic pain shapes my life and who I am. I suffer from endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which basically means I suffer from…

Bloody hell in a hand basket: Pain, my brain and endometriosis… Living with an invisible disability is hard

Living with an invisible disability is hard; dealing with one that flares up every month or so is pretty damn hard too. My pain rolls around and like half the population, I bleed, I’m cranky and occasionally, very occasionally, I might just shed a tear or two over an adorable…

Welfare reform is ruining the lives of disabled people and we should be furious!

Yesterday was the International Day of Disabled Persons, and rather than celebrating the lives of disabled people, the news in Northern Ireland was focused on the changes to disability benefits known as Welfare Reform. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland released a joint…

GUEST BLOG: “I felt trapped trapped inside my own body; fighting a battle that no one could see”

The final blog post in our series, written by our students to provide visibility to the broad range of disabilities and the issues that students with disabilities face Writing blogs is not something I’ve really done much of before, but when this amazing #DisabletheLabel campaign was launched, I knew it…

GUEST BLOG: Coming to accept the term disability

Another in our series of guest blogs written by our students to provide visibility to the broad range of disabilities and the issues that students with disabilities face. Disability was always a distant term to me, it didn’t seem to fit into my identity despite being chronically ill. The suggestion…

GUEST BLOG: Faces of Disability – The Stigma of HIV

Today, as part of the #DisableTheLabel campaign, we are launching “Faces of Disability”: a series of guest blogs written by our students to provide visibility to the broad range of disabilities. In today’s society, disability still carries a huge amount of stigma. HIV carries an arguably even higher amount of…

GUEST BLOG Transgender Day of Remembrance: 5 Tips on How to be a Trans Ally

  The Students’ Union building lit up purple for Transgender Day of Remembrance Hi everyone! In honour of Transgender Day of Remembrance, MK (a Queen’s Business Management undergrad, former President and current Treasurer of QUB LGBT+ and non-binary trans person) and Con (an English undergrad, former Non-Binary Trans Rep for QUB…