Michael McEwan    

Freelance Journalist 
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Hospital Broadcasting Service 1970-2022

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's quite the achievement to be recognised for 50 years service, in 2020 this milestone was reached by Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS)

I joined HBS age 18 , part of the Friday night team as a request collector. I was lucky to be invited to attend a civic reception at Glasgow City Chambers t...

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Ralph & Katie

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 11, 2022 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There's a new TV series called Ralph and Katie, a spin off to the A Word, based around a family adjusting to an Autism diagnosis of their son called Joe. 

 The drama looked beyond the development of a child, also parents, uncles , aunts, grandparents and friends,the impact of Joe's diagnosis, lives not defined by autism. By the end of series 3 that extended...

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World Cerebral Palsy Day

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 4, 2022 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Every 6th October is World Cerebral Palsy day , there are over 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy, another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with cerebral palsy.


Cerebral Palsy is defined as a group of disorders that affect movement, muscle tone, balance, and posture.


I have cerebral palsy,...

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Support carers through cost of living crisis

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)


I report for healthandcare.scot on unpaid carers struggle to stay afloat both before but especially during a cost of living crisis,which he says is not right in the year 2022 as he calls for more targeted support.

Disability and Project Artworks

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 24, 2022 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


This is the first episode in partnership with Mind the Gaps. 

I chatted with Kate Adams and Esther Springett, about the innovative visual arts organisation and Turner Prize nominees, Project Artworks.

New Routes Home

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 24, 2022 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)



New Routes Home is a partnership of interested individuals and organisations across Scotland who campaign for the right of all people with disabilities to have their own home and to have meaningful choices around where they live, and who (if anyone) lives with them. This includes having choices around how support is organised and directed.


Michael McEwan speaks to Alastair Minty from In Control Scotland a...

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We all have human rights

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 24, 2022 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Scottish Learning Disability Week 2022 takes place from 2 until 8 May, and the theme for this year was ‘We all have human rights’.


I spoke to Libby Clement and Oonagh Brown from the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) about the theme, its importance and what's happening over the week.

Whats the learning from Covid 19

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 7, 2022 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


For disabled people, what has been the learning from the Covid-19 pandemic? And what now needs to happen to ensure better lives?


I spoke to Health Journalist and Broadcaster, Pennie Taylor about the history of care and support for people with disabilities, the impact of Covid-19 and how support and services can be improved.


I also spoke to Tracey Campbell, a parent whose daugh...

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COP26 Climate Change and Disabled People

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 7, 2022 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Cop 26, the global United Nations climate change conference took place this month in Glasgow.


What is the impact of the climate emergency on disabled people and how do they have their voices heard?


I spoke with Susie Fitton, Policy Officer at Inclusion Scotland about their involvement at Cop 26, the impacts of climate change on disabled people, the challenges, and what needs to happen ...

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Human Rights Town

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 7, 2022 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)



The  Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched an app, Human Rights Town, to help people with learning disabilities understand their human rights.  


The development of the app has been led by a group of people with learning disabilities who have been working with SCLD. It invites users to travel a...

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Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities

Posted by Michael Mcewan on August 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The research project – Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities – is a UK wide study which has been exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities. In Scotland, the study is led by the University of Glasgow, with the support of the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD).


I spoke to Research Associate, Roseann...

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Care Opinion

Posted by Michael Mcewan on August 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Care Opinion is a social enterprise which gives citizens a platform to air their views and opinions on health and care services. It aims to make care services better for everyone.


Fraser Gilmore, Head of Scotland at Care Opinion tells me more about its aims and how it works.

Stay Up Late

Posted by Michael Mcewan on August 17, 2021 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Going out to see bands, clubbing, or seeing friends is part of everyday life for lots of people. However, if you have a learning disability you may need support to do this.


Stay Up Late is a charity that supports people to make this happen. Keith Etherington and William Rae told me about the work of Stay Up Late and their plans for this year's Learning Disability Week.

Mecoco - meaningful community contribution

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Mecoco (Meaningful Contribution in your Community) is a social enterprise based in North Ayrshire that supports people into employment.


The founder, Jenny Trott, believes that regardless of their level of ability, people can make a meaningful contribution and have the right to experience the workplace in their own community should they wish to.


​Mecoco specialises i...

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Sport in Communities

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 15, 2021 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)



With a wide network of partners and academic researchers from across Scotland and Europe, the Observatory for Sport in Scotland supports those delivering community sport and activity with independent research, knowledge sharing, and policy and practice guidance, as well as international benchmarking that brings confidence to widening sport participation to all ages and abilities.



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Sight Scotland Veterans

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 15, 2021 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Sight Scotland Veterans has been around since 1915, and offers support across Scotland to veterans of the Armed Forces who need support to adapt to sight loss.

 Here I chatted with Alison Cairns, Practice Lead fo the outreach team, about the work of the organisation.

Covid Vaccination Passport

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 9, 2021 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As the world is perhaps starting to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel , many governments are considering the implementation of vaccination passports as a way to reopen normal life while controlling the pandemic.


Everyone will be coming at this from different sides, I don't think this is a good idea, without a perception of removing human rights and freedoms.

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Katie Price - Harvey and Me

Posted by Michael Mcewan on January 26, 2021 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)


It's so important no matter what your disability,or age, that we all have the right to an independent life. 

This was well highlighted in recent BBC documentary called Katie Price- Harvey and me.

 Katie's son Harvey was born in 2002, soon after he was dia...

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Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 22, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Neatebox provides smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day.

 An example is an award-winning free app which allows people to use their mobile phone to push buttons at doors and pedestrian crossings safely and with more confidence.

 I spoke to Gavin Neate, the founder of the company about the products they provide.

Your Options Understood

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 22, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Your Options Understood (Y.O.U) is an organisation that offers independent advice to those living with a disability, as well as parents and carers. It was set-up by Dr Danielle Farrel to share her own experiences of life with a disability and to show that having a disability does not necessarily mean that individuals cannot live an ind...

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