Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello! I'm Gem, I'm from West Yorkshire in the UK and I am a disabled blogger and consultant. I have a genetic condition called Brittle Bones which means I've broken a lot of bones in my life. I'm really fascinated by people's reactions toward disability and I like to challenge this in my blogs and training. I love to enjoy the little things in life and to also learn about other people.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I work on disability blogging and consulting because I don't think we're there yet in terms of proper diversity and equality. I think people "intend" to be kind, but we need to do more to really do better. That's why I blog my everyday life and thoughts so people can take the time to really think about their communication with disabled people and if it could be better. I love to chat with people about their experience and how they could improve on making their workplace more accessible. I would love a world where a disabled person finds a job, doesn't think about the barriers (physical and attitudinal) and just goes for it knowing they will feel welcome... one day hopefully!
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I think just being out and about in general. It sounds dramatic but when you look different and get stared at constantly, you find yourself, well I do anyway, that I prep myself - make myself feel good and feel proud that people are looking. Obviously, not everyday is that positive and sometimes it's just annoying that people stare - but on the good days it's really empowering.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
People are going to stare - so just do it anyway and take that opportunity you are offered!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Everyone's journey is different, and whatever you are going through now - you're going to remember this and use it to your advantage later in life. Keep going.