The recent Members’ Conference in Leeds had an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity focus; during it I shared my experiences of being a disabled musician – horn and Wagner tuba.
I have a number of impairments arising from mitochondrial disease plus traumatic brain damage. These include fluctuating mobility problems ranging from wheelchair to no mobility aids at all, a degree of cognitive impairment, heart disease and deafness. Of all of these it is the most visible – mobility – that gets attention and help from people. I am not really bothered by it as I can manage it myself although I do miss my long distance running.