My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a PURSUN researcher and I am working on marketing myself as an Accessibility Consultant. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have a BA degree in History and Politics.
What type of disability do you have?
At birth, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which are neurological conditions. As a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility.
What is disability to you?
The only disability is a bad attitude. I have a disability. It doesn’t completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. I don’t really like the term because sometimes it indirectly implies someone is dysfunctional or helpless. The most important thing is to never make assumptions. Someone with a disability can be very, physically, fit and strong, highly intelligent and articulate.
What has been your experience from the time you remember till now? - positive and negative experiences.
My life as a wheelchair user has been generally okay. Wheelchair Accessibility is frustrating. I was teased a little in school. Other than that, life is great.
How do you cope with: -daily activities - your disability, do you have times when you are down - people's reactions towards you.
I have carers, a Social worker, District Nurses, a GP, and extended family in this country. I am also in contact with a local disability charity in Yorkshire. I also have a friendly landlord.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
I must stay organised and practice good time management. I also prioritise my plans.
What is your word or advice - to those with disabilities? - to the society
Don’t let people put you in a box. You have a voice, use it.
10. Tell us about your platforms if you have any-
Blog: The View from Where I Sit
Facebook: Daniella Jade Lowe