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Aids And Equipment For Managing Fatigue

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        By Pippa, in Life of Pippa.   [AD] This piece is sponsored by CareCo Ltd and features affiliate links. More information can be found at the bottom of this post! Something that comes up a lot in conversation is how I negotiate living independently whilst dealing with long-term chronic fatigue. And whilst that’s […]

New App To Help Mobility Aid Users “Take Back Their Streets” By Reporting Illegal Parking

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  By Calvin Barnett in Thiis.   A new app giving disabled people the power to report parking infringements to their local councils is hoping to stop situations where people using mobility devices are forced to make unsafe manoeuvres to get past illegally parked vehicles. Developed by brother and sister team Alex Mühlhölzl, Chief Operating […]

‘Dangerous’ Dockless Bikes Blocking Streets, Say Disability Activists

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  By Ella Wills BBC News.   Registered as blind for 15 years, Deborah Persaud travels around London with guide dog Lewis by her side. But on recent walks to work, the pair have faced a new challenge on pavements – dockless bikes for hire. “Lewis has to navigate around them [and] we often end up […]

An Apology To My Wheelchair

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    From the Creamcrackered.me Blog, dated 11 March 2019.   Around two weeks ago it was International Wheelchair Day and this got me thinking about my relationship with my own wheelchair and the journey we’ve been on together. So, I decided to write a little something about my new identity as part-time (ambulatory if […]

But Make It Accessible: Wax Poetic Clothing

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  By Natasha Lipman.   Hello and welcome to my new blog series “But Make It Accessible”, where I speak to brands that are working to create beautiful and stylish clothes that are also accessible. Rediscovering my love for fashion since becoming a wheelchair user has brought a lot of joy into my life, but […]

The illusion You Will Be Forever Able Bodied And The Limits Of Empathy

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      By James C Coyne.   This is an edit of something I wrote in 2016, which I return to read every now and then. Sometimes I tinker with it, like now. I wrote it soon after I first became a professional advocating for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, a set […]

Some Claims That London 2012 Changed The World Are Nonsense, Says Disabled Peer

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled […]

Living My Life In The Grey Area Of Disability

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    By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.   When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism. Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. In the last nine months of my […]

The Isolation I Feel as I Parent Kids With Disabilities

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    By Laura McLean in The Mighty. Raising children with disabilities can be challenging and rewarding, often within the same day — or even hour. Our emotions as parents are complicated. We can simultaneously feel like giving up and also be ready to go to the ends of the earth for our children. We […]

I Can Walk, But That Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Need A Wheelchair

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By Rebecca Giddings in The Mighty. Everyone knows when you are ill, you are in bed and can’t do anything. Obviously this example is great for someone with the flu, but what if you have a chronic illness, an illness that is going to last your lifetime? Are you supposed to just hide away in […]

Watchdogs’ Concern Over Government Refusal To Act On UN Rights Reports

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Four equality and human rights watchdogs have heavily criticised the government for its failure to address the serious concerns raised in a “damning” UN report on the rights of disabled people across the UK. A year on from the report by the UN’s committee on the rights […]

So When A High-Profile Civil Servant Is Disabled, The Press Finds Its Sympathy

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Andrew McDonald’s case deserves attention of course, but most disabled people get a different reception when the benefits system casts them aside. I want to tell you about two very different disabled people, both going through Britain’s benefit system. “Disabled person 1” has Parkinson’s disease and terminal […]

Army Major Hopes To Become Fastest Disabled Woman To Powerboat Around Isle Of Wight

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  By Amy Wiltshire in Forces Network.   Major Mandy Islam is calling for better support for service personnel with life-changing conditions. A British army major with a rare type of blood cancer hopes to become the fastest disabled woman to drive a powerboat around the Isle of Wight. Three years ago Major Mandy Islam was diagnosed with […]

The UK Has Serious Shortage Of Wheelchairs And People Are ‘Trapped’ In Their Homes, Red Cross Warns

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  By Benjamin Butterworth in iNews.   Millions of people risk being “trapped” in their own homes because they are left without wheelchairs as they recover from illness, the British Red Cross has warned. The charity found that while most people needing a wheelchair for more than six months had been offered one, more than […]

Disabilities Are Not Always Obvious. Don’t Judge Us Without Knowing The Full Story

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  By Nia Sims in The Guardian.   Too many of my friends have told me of being abused by strangers when using an accessible (or “disabled”) parking space. Sometimes there is a note left under the windscreen wiper – “you should be ashamed of yourself, I saw you and there’s nothing wrong with you. […]

Why Is The Government Waging A War Against Disabled People ?

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  By Peter Beresford in The Guardian.   A recent United Nations report on its inspection into the UK’s record on disabled people’s rights was described as a “17-page-long catalogue of shame” by one commentator, who wrote: Over the past seven years, cuts to benefits, social care, the legal system and local authority funding have effectively put decades of […]

Millions Of Disabled People Feel Lonely, Including Me – Let’s Change This

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  By Hayley Tomkinson in Scope.   Shani is an events manager, disability campaigner and entrepreneur from Walsall. She features in Scope’s new What I Need To Say campaign which highlights the isolation that millions of disabled people face. In this blog, Shani shares her own experiences. At certain times in our lives, we are […]

Ofcom: Disabled People Now First For Broadband Fault Repairs

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    By Tom Rogers in Broadbanddeals.co.uk.   New rules announced today by Ofcom will finally put disabled people in the UK at the front of the queue when it comes to getting their broadband problems sorted. The changes are due to come into force from 1 October 2018. It will force all UK broadband […]

Jobcentre Staff Criticised For ‘Alarming Lack Of Confidence’ With Disabled People

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    By John Vale in Care Appointments.   Staff at Jobcentres have an “alarming” lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not “shoehorned” back into work […]

Scope Role Models

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  We’re working with secondary schools to help them create inclusive learning environments and start conversations about disability. What is Scope Role Models?   One hour workshops for secondary school students, hosted by Scope and a disabled role model. In a relaxed style, we talk about issues like attitudes, stereotyping and how they impact the […]

Is Parking On The Pavement Illegal ?

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  By Maria McCarthy in Saga Magazine.   Parking is a topic where feelings run high – it could be lack of parking, parking charges or inconsiderate parking. But anyone who has ever been forced to walk in the road because of a motorist who has decided to park on the pavement will agree that […]

Disabled People Are Relying On Crowdfunding To Get Wheelchairs

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  From Disability Rights UK.   Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, has told the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting that “hundreds of patients” were fundraising online for their wheelchairs – and that she was one of them. The junior doctor, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (which means her joints dislocate easily), said: “I had to crowdfund my […]

Fermanagh ME Sufferer Michelle, Wants People To See A Witty Side To Disability

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      By Katie Dickie in The Impartial Reporter.   Michelle Cowan (pictured right) from Tamlaght has started a blog called Witshelly, having suffered from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) since the age of 15. The condition meant she lost her eyesight, the power in her hands and legs, her swallow and memories from before the […]

Disability And Your Vote

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.    Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, told last week’s disability hustings event in London that no group experienced as much discrimination – including at the hands of the state – as disabled people. So what has her government done to address that discrimination since the […]

Voters With Learning Disabilities Are Being Excluded From This Election

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      By Michael Richards in The Conversation.   There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting. Not enough is done to enable their participation […]

Disabled People ‘Denied Access To Justice By Failure Of Judges On Reasonable Adjustments’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human rights barrister. John Horan said the legal profession was failing to address the discrimination faced […]

New York City Is Being Sued Over Inaccessible Subways. It’s About Time.

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      By Karin Willison in The Mighty.     On Tuesday, April 25, two class action lawsuits were filed against New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), accusing it ofsystematically excluding people with disabilitiesdue to a lack of accessible subway stations. Only 112 out of 472 stations — less than 25 percent — […]

DWP’s Unfair Twist For Disabled People

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    From The Guardian.   In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week (Benefits cuts: are you about to lose a Motability car, scooter or wheelchair? 31 March), I would like to challenge the response of Department of Work and Pensions ministers when they have been pressed […]

A Wheelchair On Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress.

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    By Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times   There’s a wheelchair onstage at the Belasco Theater, and it’s drawing an abundance of attention. There’s also a wheelchair onstage at a small theater not far away, and it’s drawing practically no attention at all. The gulf between the two says quite a lot. At […]

When A Stranger Gets To Decide If You’re Disabled

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  By Amber Hosea in The Mighty.   No one wants to be disabled, and no one wants to go through the disability process. I stopped working two years ago and applied for disability. I worked for as long as I could and pushed myself day in and day out just to get through each work day. […]

Law Change Demands Equal Treatment For Disabled Taxi Users

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Taxi drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra, in a change to the law announced today (7 February 2017) by Transport Minister Andrew Jones. From 6 April taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will be […]

PIP INVESTIGATION: Politicians Call For Action Over ‘Widespread Dishonesty By Assessors’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Labour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following a two-month investigation by Disability News Service (DNS). The three parties spoke out after DNS […]

Travelling With A Wheelchair: The Pros, The Cons, And How To Plan

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  By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well. A wheelchair can be both a blessing and a curse when you’re travelling with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or another debilitating illness. It might make travelling possible with far less pain, fatigue, or other symptoms, but it complicates things, too. Many of us who use a chair for travel don’t use […]

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