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Disability Looks Like This: On Sensory Overload, and making public spaces kinder

In the second instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath describes her experience of sensory overload, and examines how we can make public spaces kinder and more mindful. Artwork by Emer Sukonik.

“Usually I absolutely love a trip to big Tesco – who doesn’t – but if I am alone there or having a particularly bad day it all becomes too much, and not only because the eerily silent and bright lower floor is inherently quite a spooky, liminal space. It’s happened to me since childhood because of my learning difficulties – being neurodivergent means that I’m more sensitive to becoming overwhelmed.”

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Disability Looks Like This: On my OCD, fear of plug sockets, and pigeon logic

“If I properly listened to the disorder, I’d wrap everyone I loved in bubble wrap and wrap myself up in it too and put us all in a room with walls and floors made of pillows and make sure we took our vitamins every single day and then maybe I wouldn’t ever have to be anxious again. But even that probably wouldn’t work.”

In the first instalment of her column, Disability Looks Like This, Ellie Redpath explores her experience of OCD and its pervasiveness in her daily life.