Michael McEwan    

Freelance Journalist 
                                Public Speaker   



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


Passion4Social is a web and graphic design agency which creates sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities, or long-term health conditions, which contribute to their feelings of inclusion, health, wellbeing, and quality of life.


I spoke to Thiago Carmo, Marketing Manager and Senior Designer, about the work of the agency.

Disability Discrimination Act 25 years

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 8, 2020 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)





I can't believe it's 25 year anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act , which was passed on 8th November 1995.


The definition of discrimination is being treated unfairly or put at disadvantage for a reason that relates to your disability.


There are six main types : direct discrimination , indirect discrimination , failure to mak...

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Disability on TV

Posted by Michael Mcewan on September 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I campaign on a lot of different issues, I'm passionate about these, as a freelance journalist I'm frustrated at the low level of disability representation in TV and media.


When I turn on news or factual programmes, there are very few presenters with a disability, or on panel shows whether topical or general news items.


When it comes to acting Hollywood is falling behind British TV, more...

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Experiences of working on the frontline with a disability

Posted by Michael Mcewan on September 13, 2020 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)


What are the experiences of those with disabilities working on the frontline during Covid-19?


I interviewed Scott Kennedy, Lynn Murdoch and David Ross, who spoke about how they've continued to provide care and support, despite the challenging circumstances.

The impact of Covid-19 on disability sports

Posted by Michael Mcewan on September 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The 2020 Paralympic Games were due to be held in Tokyo this year over August and September, but have been rescheduled for 2021.

 How has this affected the organisations and athletes involved?

I got different perspectives from Gavin Macleod, Chief Executive of Scottish Disability Sport; and Stephen McGuire, an athlete for Boccia UK ,who was due to participate in this year's games.

Bill Scott: The impact of Covid-19 on disabled people

Posted by Michael Mcewan on September 13, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Bill Scott is Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland, an organisation that works to achieve positive changes to policy and practice, so that disabled people are fully included throughout all Scottish society as equal citizens.

 I spoke to Bill about the results of their Covid-19 evidence survey, which reveals the impact of Covid-19 on disabled people.

Please note that this was recorde...

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YSGT 2020 - Online

Posted by Michael Mcewan on August 4, 2020 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


There has been some progression in modern times of representation and equality for people with a disability, but one major hurdle remains- getting into employment. 

There are a number of good employment support organisations who tirelessly campaign fo...

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Mind Matters Ep 2

Posted by Michael Mcewan on June 22, 2020 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)


In Episode 2 of Mind Matters, host Michael McEwan leads a conversation on how people on Scotland are experiencing lockdown.

He is joined by Stuart James, who hosts a show at East End Community Radio in Glasgow, and William Rae, who is currently shielding in


Mind Matters Ep 1

Posted by Michael Mcewan on June 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)


In this first episode of Mind Matters, my guests are Nick Jedrzejewski, Communications Manager with See Me Scotland, and Michael Byrne, Managing Director of Lived Experience Trauma Support (LETS).

Nick discusses See Me Scotland's recent campaigns such as Pass the Badge and the ramifications of lockdown on mental health.

Michael Byrne shares insights into his personal mental health ...

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Experiences of unpaid carers during Covid-19

Posted by Michael Mcewan on June 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)



I spoke with three carers: Alex Davis, a full-time carer for her son; Frank McGowan who cares for his older brother; and Liz Carson, who cares for her son.


Each person tells us about their experiences of caring in lockdown.