My name is Andrew Fallon and I am currently a student at Liverpool Hope University studying for a BAC Childhood and Youth Studies with Special Needs degree.
I originally started out doing a BSc Biomedical Sciences degree several years ago, before leaving the course prematurely to pursue a path in Social Work instead. This came about due to my parents deciding to become foster carers, and due to my complete loss of passion towards Biology. Having been offered a place on the BA Childhood and Youth Studies with Early Needs course, I decided to accept the place, and was persuaded by my personal tutor to combine the course with Special Needs for which I am eternally grateful as I adore the course and wish to pursue disability studies further in the future.
I have set up this blog as a way of keeping together links that interest me and to provide a way of airing my views in a public way to allow potential discussion of disability matters, and to also chart the progress of how my views have been challenged by things I have read and would not have read had I not taken up this course. I also hope that people reading this blog will be directed to and want to read more about issues surrounding disability that (like myself) they may never have been aware of.
I have no political agenda, no wish to impose my views on anyone, no wish to offend anyone, and no wish to come across as particularly right-on or charitable, but would hope that this could be a way I can engage in debate with both disabled and non-disabled people about the subject as a whole.
I feel I should make people aware that I am, myself, non-disabled, and am interested in opinions from both non-disabled and disabled people as to the creation of Disability Studies as a subject to be studied at Universities, and their viewpoints on non-disabled people actually studying it.