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

Michelle Cowan

      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

Disability Dice

  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


      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’


  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.


      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.


    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 […]

Law Change Demands Equal Treatment For Disabled Taxi Users


  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’


  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


  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 […]

Judging Someone Who Can Walk For Using A Wheelchair Or Scooter ? Stop That.


    By Naomi Chainey in The Sydney Morning Herald.   As a person with disabling fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, I’ve chosen not to own a car or bicycle. Unfortunately, if I was on the road, it would only be a matter of time before someone – maybe me – was hit by something fast and […]

Why Some Disabled People Are Critical Of The Paralympics


    By Janice Mclaughlin in The Conversation.      What is the word you most associate with the Paralympics? For many people, the word “inspirational” comes to mind. Instead of disability being represented as a tragedy and disabled people as passive figures in need of charity and pity, here they are performing feats of startling physical […]

What Does ‘Fighting’ Really Mean When You Are Severely Disabled?


  By Rachel Higginson in The Mighty.   Grab the cuppa of your choice, and make yourself comfy, this is a long one. But it may also be the most important and passionate thing I’ve written. I love Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do Not Go Gentle.”  I know, I know, it’s about death, but actually I […]

Refuelling Just Got Easier For Disabled Drivers With New Smartphone App

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    From Disabled Go News.   fuelService, a revolutionary phone App, has been launched to enable disabled drivers to re-fuel their vehicles more easily. fuelService is being trialled at Shell service stations in the North West of England with a national rollout later in the year based on success. The idea was the brainchild […]

Eight Premier League Clubs Set To Break Promises On Access, MPs Hear

Premier League

    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   At least eight Premier League football clubs are set to break their promises to meet decent standards on access for disabled supporters in time for next August’s deadline, MPs have been told. Joyce Cook, chair of the user-led charity Level Playing Field, told the Commons culture, media […]

Capita Faces Fresh Calls To Be Stripped Of PIP Contracts After Documentary


    One of the three outsourcing giants that assesses people for their eligibility for disability benefits is facing calls for it to be stripped of its contract, after revelations in a Channel 4 documentary. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is investigating concerns raised by this week’s Dispatches, which saw an experienced mental […]

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