Orange This Way is a lifestyle, family and parenting blog written by Katherine Kowalski, through the lens of raising a disabled child.
The inspiration behind this blog is a little boy whose nickname is Orange, who has a Syndrome Without A Name. Orange is unable to walk or talk, and has severe epilepsy but we don’t know why because he has no diagnosis for his condition.
Orange has inspired us to live our lives differently, moving from London to Cornwall to raise him and his older sister, B, by the sea.
Orange has also inspired us to fundraise and campaign for a better world for people with disabilities and their families. Because ultimately we are just a normal family with similar hopes and dreams to everyone else but often held back by simple practical things, like toilets, steps, parking and seating.
Katherine has spoken about the rights of working parent carers and campaigned for better childcare for disabled children at the Parliamentary Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children. She is an active campaigner for better planning, design and funding for home adaptations and accessible housing. Katherine is also an active campaigner for fully accessible toilets with a bench and hoist, needed by over 250,000 of the population but which are still missing from most public places.
Katherine’s husband Gavin has fundraised over £10,000 for disability charities through running marathons and mud runs.
Katherine is part of active social media communities, both mainstream and disability related. Katherine has also written for Huff Post and has appeared on Huff Post Live. Her posts have appeared on Mumsnet and in local and national press.
The blog has won awards including ‘Most Informative Post’ in the SWAN UK Blogger Awards.
Katherine will accept PR requests from specialist brands who provide disability related products or services and also from mainstream brands that are willing to consider their commitment to inclusivity. To contact Katherine, please email or get in touch on twitter @OrangeThisWay