Michael McEwan: Why we're looking for Gig Buddies to Stay Up Late with
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, explains the thinking behind Stay Up Late Scotland, a campaign to promote full active social lives for people with learning disabilities, and why they’ve started a Gig Buddies project
Michael McEwan: Hopes are high for Social Security Scotland - it needs to deliver
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the devolution of social security powers to Scotland is an opportunity for real change that can’t be missed
SCOTLAND now has a newly formed Social Security Agency. The Scottish Act 2016 transferred new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, allowing Scottish ministers to develop new policies on benefits, which – we all hope – will work to tackle poverty in Scotland.
Michael McEwan: Why the success of the women's football team will be good for the whole of Scotland
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the increased prominence of Scotland’s women’s football team can only be a good thing for all of those seeking more coverage of under-represented groups in sport
Michael McEwan: Global radio should have consulted Scottish listeners before announcing cuts
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, says that the decision to cut local radio stations in Scotland does not seem to have taken listeners like him into account
THE recent disappointing news that the company who owns Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations, Global Radio, are set to drop local breakfast and drivetime shows broadcast from Scotland.
Global will broadcast national breakfast shows centralised from London.
Michael McEwan: Learning Disability Week will be a chance to to talk as much about our abilities as disability
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, explains the plans for Learning Disability Week in May, and why positivity is the order of the day
A LARGE part of my work is raising awareness, whether about disability or mental health issues.
In January I attended a meeting about the upcoming Learning Disability Week, held at Project Ability in Glasgow.
Michael McEwan: The disability events I'm looking forward to in 2019
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, looks forward to some key events in the 2019 calendar for disabled people in Scotland
LAST year saw the Down Syndrome Congress in Glasgow from 25-27 July, which provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for families, professionals and people with Down's Syndrome to share information and experiences about the condition.
Michael McEwan: It's been a good year for representation of people with disabilities on TV
CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, Michael McEwan looks back at 2018 on the box, and finds representation of disabled people and their abilities has improved
WHEN I look back at this year it has been a good one for raising awareness about disability and mental health issues through the medium of television.
Michael McEwan: How society is starting to adapt itself to the needs of autistic people
CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, Michael McEwan looks at how businesses and organisations are starting to adapt their environment to the needs of the autistic community
WE ALL love going to the cinema, theatre or shopping, but for people who have autism a simple day out can mean sensory overload.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people , and how they experience the world around them.
Michael McEwan: To make life better for disabled people we need to challenge dehumanisation - society needs to see the person not just the label
Michael McEwan, freelance journalist and the chairperson of his local disability group, says there are still many barriers to disabled people accessing work and achieving what they want to in society, one of those being dehumanisation – society tends to see the disabled label not the person behind it
THERE has been progress in society for people with a disability, but when it comes to access to employment there is still a lot of work to be done to break down the barriers.
Michael McEwan: How the GFT is making film accessible for fans who have autism
CommonSpace columnist Michael McEwan has good news for cinema-goers from the GFT
MANY of us enjoy going to the cinema to watch a good film , but for people who are on the autistic spectrum this is more difficult.