See Differently Awards

Pink background white text. The RNIB see differently awards logo. White text reads Dr Amy Kavanagh #SeeDifferentlyAwards. Grey Background, white text, I'm a national finalist, Campaigner of the Year

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Royal National Institute of the Blind See Differently Awards. I was chosen as a Campaigner of the Year national finalist for my #JustAskDontGrab campaign. It was a huge honour to be nominated and shortlisted! I was totally overwhelmed when I heard the news as it felt… Continue reading See Differently Awards

Private Places, Public Spaces

A warning sign. A person pushes a wheelchair user, stick figures in a red circle with a line through. To the left of the image is a large red box with white lettering reading Do Not Push.

As a visually impaired woman using a white cane I experience unwanted touching in public every single day. I have been dragged across roads, pulled out of train carriages and pushed around shops, without being asked if I wanted assistance first. These experiences can be distressing and disorientating, occasionally they cause me physical harm. Whenever… Continue reading Private Places, Public Spaces

Blind Abilities Podcast – Part 1

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The first episode of my interview with the Blind Abilities Podcast is available! This was an amazing opportunity and I'm so glad that Jeff approached me a few weeks ago. I didn't realise how much I would enjoy doing the interview and talking about my experiences. Jeff is such a great interviewer and I chatted… Continue reading Blind Abilities Podcast – Part 1

The best kind of help

A road, shot from above, looking down at a crowded path. Several different legs and feet are visible, it's busy. A white cane is sweeping the road at the bottom of the photo.

Many of you will be familiar with my #JustAskDontGrab campaign. I share my experiences of people who grab, push, pull and generally touch me without my consent under the promise of offering 'help'. Check out my Just Ask Don't Grab Campaign pageĀ for more information. Today I wanted to share the best practice, the helping heroes,… Continue reading The best kind of help