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About Same Difference


 

Hello Internet! I’m Samedifference1… AKA Sarah. I believe that Disability is simply the Ability NOT to do something, so we should never forget the fact that we wouldn’t have DisAbilities unless someone had Abilities. Nothing is normal, because everything is normal. Normal is what you make it.

And so, World Wide Web… I bring you Same Difference. Here, I celebrate both similarities and differences between myself and the mainstream.

I report disability news, discuss disability representation on TV, in books, in movies and in theatre, celebrate progress in Disability Rights and rant about Disability Wrongs.

And when I’m not updating this, I write the occasional poem, mostly inspired by myself and my amazing DisAbled friends. I have recently turned some of my poems into an ebook which you can download exclusively from here. I used to write the occasional article for Society Today Magazine.

I hope you like the site. Your comments are always welcome. I read them all.

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36 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2008 4:34 am

    Hi Sarah,

    This is amazing. What a fantastic website, I am very very proud.

    What does CRB stand for ?

    Keep it up !

    Arif chacha

  2. July 23, 2008 7:37 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Like the new site.
    If you want to stop the header (rainbow) picture from repeating on the index page,
    you should add a line to the css file:
    #header {
    background:url( http://www.goclc.net/files/images/0000/0009/Rainbows_Club.jpg ) #fff;
    background-repeat:no-repeat;
    }

    The last line will obviously stop the image repeating.
    Hope this is a help, one disabled person to another.

  3. samedifference1 permalink
    July 23, 2008 7:42 pm

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions Karen. Unfortunately I don’t know anything about CSS, so had to go back to a default image.

    • Charlotte permalink
      October 25, 2010 9:55 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      How are you?, I was speaking to you when i was in Pontins you and Sean where just AMAZING..Is there any chance that you can search for me on facebook because i cant seem to find you or sean xx 🙂

      • samedifference1 permalink*
        October 25, 2010 10:25 pm

        Hi Charlotte

        I’m afraid you have the wrong person. I’m a disability blogger, not a singer.

        Best wishes
        Samedifference1

  4. January 10, 2009 3:03 pm

    Hey Sarah,

    I have been dipping in an out of your blog for a while now and really like what you have to say. Is there any change of including some of you post on my news blog?. Email me please. And checkout my website too!

    Thanks
    George

  5. rahim permalink
    March 31, 2009 4:41 am

    cool website Sarah,
    Keep it up!
    keep those hits coming lol!

  6. rahim permalink
    March 31, 2009 4:42 am

    when did you design this?

  7. samedifference1 permalink
    March 31, 2009 11:51 am

    Hi Rahim

    The blog started in June 2007, and has been growing ever since!! Glad you like it, I love having fans!

  8. April 12, 2009 9:57 pm

    Great blog, Sarah! Glad I found it and thanks for hosting the upcoming disability carnival. My blog is still a bit unconstructed but feel free to leave a comment if you visit.

  9. samedifference1 permalink
    April 12, 2009 10:01 pm

    Hello Life At Full Tilt

    Thanks for your comments! Hosting the Carnival will be a pleasure. I look forward to reading your submission!

  10. chloe and leah permalink
    May 15, 2009 12:51 pm

    hi sarah and sean love your music

    we think your amazing

    good luck in the future

    from leah and chloe

    • samedifference1 permalink*
      May 15, 2009 3:27 pm

      Hi… thanks for this comment, though it’s a bit confusing… I don’t know who Sarah and Sean are… I’m a writer and blogger… who are you looking for?

  11. July 16, 2009 11:52 am

    Hello,
    Sense, the UK deafblind charity is appealing to all deafblind people based in the UK to get in touch with us to let us know:

    -what stops them being fully included in their community.
    -what rights would most improve their life,
    -what frustrations they face,
    -what could help them to be more included in their local community; what helps or hinders them to get out and about;
    -what they want Sense to do about the barriers you face;
    -what they would be able and willing to do about them and how Sense could support them?

    Could you please help us reach deafblind people who may be reading your blog?

    Here are some links to related web pages where you will find more information about the campaign:
    http://www.sense.org.uk/campaigns/your_campaigns/your_rights_your_say/index.htm
    http://www.sense.org.uk/campaigns/your_campaigns/your_rights_your_say/have_your_say.htm

    Many thanks

    Look forward to hearing from you soon
    Regards
    Alessandra

  12. Psy permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:31 pm

    Re: your story about Kieran Prior – Kieran will need all of our help shortly, please keep you eyes on the web for info! Please, after understanding who this remarkable man is, in the first instance send any messages of support on any website you see. This could be his biggest challenge!

  13. samedifference1 permalink*
    October 28, 2009 11:01 pm

    Hello Psy

    Thanks for your comments. I would love to know more about what Kieran will need our help with. Could you please email details to samedifferenceone@hotmail.co.uk as I would be more than happy to publicise any event Kieran plans to take part in.

    Best wishes

    Samedifference1

  14. S.Khala permalink
    January 1, 2010 10:38 am

    Dear Sara:

    Although I was aware of your website for sometime, it is only now that I had the opportunity to visit it. I am pleasently surprised to find that you are managing a well structured and informative site with so much committment and dedication.

    Congratulations and keep up the good work in 2010 and beyond – I am sure it has made and will continue to make difference in lives of your readers / bloggers.

    Wish you a Happy & Prosperous New Year – S.Khala

  15. stephanie hale permalink
    March 5, 2010 2:08 pm

    heyy sarah can i see your concert one time with my best friend please can u email me

  16. samedifference1 permalink*
    March 5, 2010 2:46 pm

    Hi Stephanie

    I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong person. I am a disability blogger, not a singer.

    Best wishes

    Samedifference1

  17. Aquil & fehmi Jan permalink
    May 28, 2010 5:43 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Just came across and e-mail from your dada with a link to your amazing site. It’s very impressive and as we have said to you before, you can bring about a great deal of awareness about disabilty issues through the power of internet media and the written word.
    Good luck and change the world for the better. Excellent Initiative, Sarah

    Aquil & Fehmi Jan

  18. John Mackinnon permalink
    June 2, 2010 1:41 am

    Introducing the superbly talented Samantha E.. Sam is Autistic but confounded the experts that told her she could never talk by singing like an angel. Filmed partly for a documentry for BBC Alba, produced by MacTV…but mostly because I was so impressed with Sam’s story, talent and tenacity! Tune in to the programme …BBC Alba 28 June.

    Sorry for the blatant plug, but I want people to be inspired by what Sam has acheived.

  19. August 23, 2010 1:02 pm

    Good to discover you – great site.

    I’ve just been inundated with the media asking me questions about disabled people spending their direct payments on sex workers, and now Community Care are asking for testimonies from disabled people about their experience with sex workers.

    Yes, the TLC asks all our sex workers to testify that they have not been trafficked. They are probably the most independent, self-assured, professional and lovely sex workers in the world. They are trusted with the key to their clients’ homes. One is currently working with a young man with brain injury who was ripped off with all his money by a new wife, and she is helping to restore his faith in women and teach him how to handle his personal relationships.

    Tuppy Owens
    Outsiders, SHADA and TLC Trust.

  20. October 22, 2010 8:53 pm

    Wow! What a great blog! I honestly thought this blog was run by team of bloggers – this is real testimony to all your work. How do you keep blog so up to date? I’ve recently entered this new space – I have always been bit cautious how to express myself: or the best way to put my point across.

  21. samedifference1 permalink*
    October 23, 2010 3:03 pm

    Hi Crip Strips,

    Thanks for your lovely comments here. Glad you like the blog, it’s always nice to have fans!

    I had a quick look at your blog too, what a great idea. Lots of luck with it. One site that you might find interesting is http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk. It is run by a very talented disabled cartoonist called Crippen.

    Best wishes

    Samedifference1

    • October 26, 2010 6:07 pm

      Hey,

      Once again I have updated my site; I am bit confuse in how to attract web traffic to the blog. Any tips? I had a quick look at the crippen site – I admired it a lots but I am going to stay away from politics for now. Although saying that I did start penning a Newspaper front page featuring the damning affect. Since I have decided to stay away for the time being and keep the blog light with lots of humor. Thank you for visiting. 🙂

      Lou @crip strip

  22. charlotte:) permalink
    November 14, 2010 5:18 pm

    hi same diffrence i love u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. January 11, 2011 10:26 am

    Please could you email me regarding a Disability charity client I have on Josh@sassipr.co.uk
    As I cannot find how to contact you on your site
    Thanks
    Josh

  24. June 28, 2011 10:24 pm

    Just in case you are still confused about the messages to “Sarah and Sean”, here is a link to answer your confusion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same_Difference

  25. samedifference1 permalink*
    June 28, 2011 10:57 pm

    Thank you Joan, that’s very useful.

  26. Matthew permalink
    July 7, 2011 10:57 am

    Hi Sarah,

    I have recently created an infogrpahic about the disabled community in the UK and wondered if you wanted to feature it on your site. If you email me i can send you a copy for you to look at.

    Regards

    Matt

  27. samedifference1 permalink*
    July 7, 2011 7:04 pm

    Hi Matthew,

    I’d like to know more about this… please email samedifferenceone@hotmail.co.uk

  28. julie52 permalink
    October 26, 2014 3:19 pm

    Hi Sarah I only came across your site yesterday.what a fantastic site really enjoyed reading all the blogs. Keep up the good work you really are an inspiration x

  29. Jade permalink
    April 16, 2015 1:14 pm

    Hi Sarah, Do you have an email address I can contact you on. I work for a PR company and I think you might be interested in working with our client. Many thanks, Jade

  30. November 29, 2017 2:31 pm

    Hi Sarah!

    I work on behalf of https://www.luggiescooters.com.

    I came across your site, and the thing is, I write on topics very similar to those covered in your blog. I already have a few ideas for a guest post in mind that I’m sure will be interesting for your readers.

    I was wondering, do you accept guest posts? If you do, are there any guidelines for me to check out? I’ll be happy to discuss any guest blogging opportunities with you! Looking forward to hearing from you, my email address is misha@nwdesignstudios.co.uk

    Best regards,

    Misha Solanki

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