It was while doing up my belt that it dawned on me that one of the biggest challenges facing disabled people is time, or rather a lack of it, or to be pedantic, that things take longer so are either rushed, not done or done poorly.

Without hands, the act of inserting the prong of a buckle in an appropriate hole in the belt is tricky: it requires lining up and relying upon the tummy to push it through at exactly the right moment. Not surprisingly, you may think, it takes a number of efforts to be successful and practice seems only partly to help. Frustration, urgency, impatience, fatigue, hang-overs, illness can all affect the speed with which I complete this simple task.

And if help is offered it can be so easy to accept, but of course, help is not always at hand as you need it. Then the alternatives become attractive: do without, which with a belt can work if you stay in your own home; change your clothing, but that can create even more dependency on others as the process of choosing new clothes usually requires changing rooms in cramped, awkward cubicles; or just persevere!

So you accept that things take longer. Plans have to be put in place to create that extra time – I reckon it takes me 30 mins to get dressed without a shower and 50 minutes with. I guess this is rather longer than most. I am jealous of those who can change in seconds, for the extra choice they have during the day, the longer they can stay in bed, for the way that they can be inefficient with the planning of the day and not have to factor in long periods of slow activity.

Of course there are other major barriers to those with disabilities, but one of the biggest unseen ones is the impact on time!