For people with disabilities blogs can be a valuable source of support and information. Blogs can help readers to see they not alone, as well as offer advice and information on topics relevant to disabled life, or living with particular disabilities.
Chartwell Insurance, a completely independent insurance broker that offers a specialist service for people with disabilities, and their carers, takes a look at some of the blogs out there.
- Ouch! Is a disability blog run by the BBC. It features a monthly internet radio talk show and blog posts from a team of disabled journalists and guest contributors who all have personal connections to disability. The blog aims to go “behind the headlines of disability news” and to “lift the lid on the little details about being disabled that are not widely talked about”.
- Disability charity, Scope, has a blog designed to provide help and information. It discusses relevant topics, ranging from campaigns to discussions on news and politics and how disabilities are portrayed in the media.
- American blog Love That Max is written “about kids with special needs who kick butt”. It offers an insight into family life with a disabled child, including guest blogs from other parents on how they manage parenthood, special needs and life in general. The blog also addresses parental concerns such as how to explain to your child about their disability, as well as how to explain it to siblings and to others outside the home. Another blog providing support and information for parents is com, which gives an insight into life for Noah, who has downs syndrome, and his family, written by his father.
- The com is a blog dedicated to comments and news stories which focus on the lives of people who are deaf, across the UK and worldwide. The blog claims to have broken the story of the ‘fake’ sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service to its UK readers.
- Diary of a Benefit Scrounger is a blog by Sue Marsh who has a rare form of Crohn’s Disease. Her blog is designed to raise awareness of life with a chronic, hidden illness and to campaign against cuts in social care and benefits for people with disabilities.
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society has a blog for news and events. It aims to increase awareness and improve lives through lobbying and research. The blog states “Our ultimate goal is to find a cure. Until then, we will do all that we can to enable people with MS to live life, knowing that they do not have to face MS alone.”