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Parents, children, life, love, self-esteem and confidence

Life for most people is just downright complicated, but it doesn't start out this way: as small children life is pretty uncomplicated. We begin life with no responsibilities and are afforded the freedom to approach all that we encounter with an open and seemingly reckless abandon, to learn and grow with boundless curiosity, hope and anticipation.

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More on my aversion to the word 'disabled'

When I blogged about my aversion to the word 'disabled' the other day, I  was just throwing my thoughts out there, as I do. Although I curb the profanity that usually arises when expressing my views in person, as long as what I write is honest and respectful, I do not otherwise hold back, so it was a bit surprising to feel discombobulated when my views on the word 'disabled' were challenged.

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Ongoing aversion to the word 'disabled'

I am sure I have made the assertion that I am not disabled as many times as have had hot dinners. I also know that I am equally prolific in expressing my dislike of political correctness and I am not trying to be contentious or offensive, but I simply find the word 'disabled' and its derivatives irksome. I appreciate that the terms used to characterise 'disability' exist to provide points of reference and consistent understanding, but in my wee opinion this has just made matters worse.

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The end of the road for the eAccessibility Forum and I

In May 2010 I was invited to join UK Government's eAccessibility Forum. I initially said no flat out; I was not being rude or ungrateful, but I feared that there would be a lot of talk and little action and, although I can talk for Britain, talk alone does not lead to progress.

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Friendships: of all manner and merit

Friendships all have their ups and downs, but to me true friendship is something to behold, to cherish, protect, nurture and respect. For friendship to stand firm through all that life throws at it - from pain and sorrow to joy and happiness - it must be accommodating and forgiving, as it will over time most certainly be put to a test or seven.

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Psychological impairments: invisible but very present

The progress that has been made in the last 50 years in the understanding and treatment of psychological impairments - ranging from mood disorders and learning difficulties to the impact of emotional trauma, such as childhood abandonment, neglect and abuse - is truly extraordinary.

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Trust: not a standardised commodity

Trust is a word which has been bandied about so much that it has lost both its meaning and importance. Folk just seem to believe that by habitually imposing their expectations on unsuspecting others, without consultation or asking for permission, they are placing their trust in that person. What invariably transpires is the trust-thruster becomes disappointed when the unwitting recipient does not live up to their expectations.

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