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Snippets from the UK

May 28th, 2007 · 9 Comments

I haven’t posted anything for a while…
I am in the UK and have been meeting several disabled people who are an inspiration to me. Disability isn’t holding them back; they are getting on with their lives.
Of course in this country things are made very convenient – transportation for disabled people and access to buildings etc. are ensured. There is also no discrimination in jobs for example, so long as you can do whatever task. Those implementing the Disability Law in Ghana could learn a lot from what is in place here.
The only downer on my coming here was having to wait about one hour at the arrivals because the person who met me with a wheelchair was also assisting a young boy who was joining his parents. The immigration officer insisted we should wait while he interviewed the boy because he needed to be accompanied. It went on and on and eventually I decided the walk would be preferable to sitting through an interview that had nothing to do with me getting stiff after sitting so long in the plane.
I have been told by a doctor here that I have Neuromyelitis Optica (Devic’s Disease), not MS. I get to see him next week and will keep you posted.
Meanwhile, the weather here has been most unwelcoming – rainy and grey! But I guess after the unbearable heat I left in Ghana, I should be grateful.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aye // May 30, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Sorry about the sucky UK weather. Here, in New York, it is bright and sunny. I think when you go back to Ghana, you might have to have a talk with the people implementing the Disability Law if you want to see changes…

  • 2 stevem // May 30, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Nana its great that you ve found the uk to be inspirational.
    i ve forwarded you [i hope] more stuff about ‘disability agenda’ campains.
    Maybe i m being cynical here but wonder if the situation regarding acess/employment in london is replicated across the country.

    Sorry to hear that your finding the radiant grey of the engl;ish spring hard going but yeah uk weather does tend to suck unless your favourite colour is grey overcast and your ambition is to become semi-aquastic

    have you seen any art galleries or been out dancing since you ve been in the uk?.

    weather bulletin from york
    ‘damp grey and darkening’

  • 3 Nana Yaa // May 31, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    yeah Stevem, grey is certainly not my favourite colour. I’ve been waiting for blue skies to do London Eye, but I might have to take the background as it is.
    Aye I’ll certainly make the Disability Law one of my ’causes’.

  • 4 Carol // Jun 9, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Hi Nana,
    I’m glad that you are finally getting to enjoy some nice weather in the UK. Have a good time. You deserve it!

  • 5 Frances // Jun 13, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Nannie, keep up the energy and ignore the weather – it gets better when no-one’s talking about it!

    hope everything is going well with the meetings and that you get some clearer answers from the docs.

    Keep inspiring people……

  • 6 Abena K. Sagoe // Jun 26, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I just can’t stop visiting your website ever so often just to keep up with you. Your site is so inspiring and motivating for me. Keep up the spirit and just enjoy your holiday you deserve it. One message is clear NEVER GIVE UP!

  • 7 DOROTHY OWUSU // Jul 7, 2007 at 3:24 pm


  • 8 Jason Owusu -Aduening // Jul 7, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    I can’t stop saying that this web could actually help others

  • 9 evan preslly // Jul 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm


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