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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic encephalomyelitis)

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  From The British Medical Journal.   Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) can be distinguished from medical and psychiatric conditions in the differential diagnosis of fatigue by the presence of debilitating fatigue for more than 6 months; combinations of cognitive dysfunction, total body pain, and unrefreshing sleep that does not restore normal function; and postexertional […]

Accessibility And Disability: Changes I’d Like To See In 2021 And Beyond

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  From the Life Of A Blind Girl Blog. My first blog post of the new year would usually consist of me sharing some of my goals for the upcoming year.  like many others, I’m taking this year one step at a time; I’m not setting myself any strict goals, I’m focusing on myself and […]

Inspirational Holly Moscrop Whose Life Was “Knocked Off” Her Planned Path Finds A New Way To Follow Her Dreams Of Farming

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  By Sophie McCandlish in The Yorkshire Post. Over the past five years Lincoln Red cows have become a feature at Stockheld Grange Farm in Scholes. The move to this particular breed which saw Roger Moscrop buy three heifers and then a further five within a week was inspired by his 24-year-old daughter Holly. Holly, who suffers […]

An Accessible Railway Would Get More Than 50,000 Disabled People Into Work

RAIL Branson 1...Handout picture released Tuesday June 5, 2001 of a Voyager diesel train which Sir Richard Branson hopes will kick start a "rail renaissance".  He hopes that the new 125 mph trains will drastically cut journey times on Virgin Rail's two routes - West Coast main line and CrossCountry (correct).  Complete with airline-style audio entertainment at every seat, the Voyager trains are being introduced initially on the CrossCountry Birmingham-Reading-Brighton route to beat heavy road congestion in the area.  The trains, which have an on-board shop to replace the old-style buffet, will carry passengers on a local shuttle service between Birmingham and Reading and from July 22 they will become part of the Birmingham-Brighton timetable.  See PA story RAIL Branson.  PA photo: Handout/Virgin.

  From Disability Horizons. An accessible rail system must be prioritised as part of the economic recovery from Covid-19, says disability charity Leonard Cheshire. At present, 41% of railway stations in Britain are still not step-free and the Government is still set to miss its 2030 target on creating step-free journeys for disabled people by 40 years […]

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research. The research by disabled campaigner and access expert Doug Paulley shows that the accuracy […]

Former Radio York Journalist Turned BBC Boss Axes Popular Presenters From The Station

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  From YorkMix.   BBC Radio York is facing major cutbacks as the corporation aims to make £25 million of savings. Under the plans the BBC is to cut 450 jobs in its English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news. Look North will have just one presenter and Radio York will have just three daytime […]

Trial By Error: Thoughts On The Observer, The Guardian, And Paradigm Shift

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    By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier this week, I blogged about a story in The Observer that provided an inaccurate description of what it called chronic fatigue syndrome. For much of the piece, the writer, Eleanor Morgan, offered a sympathetic portrait of people, including herself, experiencing prolonged symptoms after an acute bout of Covid-19. A lot of what […]

York City Prepare Bootham Crescent To Welcome Back Fans

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  From YorkMix Sport.   York City are ready to ‘grasp with both hands’ the opportunity to bring fans back to games. When England comes out of lockdown, stadiums are to be allowed to welcome limited numbers of spectators, if they are in a Tier 1 or 2 area. Stadiums in Tier 1 will be […]

First In Our Superhero Series : The Whitney

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    Written by Di in Stanford Wood Studio.   Di has had a fascination with beautiful handmade items all her life and always had a yen to try making some herself, yet forever found herself putting it off. She got to the stage where she thought, if not now; when? And that’s how she […]

Controversial Study On ME-Patients Receives Ethical Approval

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By MElivit.   On November 10th 2020, English health authorities published a draft of a new set of guidelines for ME/CFS. It is confirmed that ME is a physiological disease, and it is advised against therapy and exercise as treatment. It is especially warned against the Lightning Process (LP). Read more here: English health authorities reject […]

Why Do We Need To highlight Disability History Month ?

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  By Gem Turner in WheelAir.   At the time of posting this, it’s Disability History Month in the UK. It’s not very widely known – and when I talk about it, it gets a lot of questions from people. The main one is something like “it’s quite good for disabled people now though isn’t […]

Here’s How Junction 32 Outlet Is Supporting The Needs Of Its Disabled Shoppers This Purple Tuesday

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From The Yorkshire Times.   Purple Tuesday, the UK’s accessible shopping day, is taking place on 3rd November. This year, Junction 32 is highlighting the measures currently in place to raise awareness of the needs of disabled customers. Nearly one in five people in the UK have a disability or impairment, and there are very […]

BBC Set For Month-Long Season To Mark 25th Anniversary Of Disability Discrimination Act

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. The BBC is to mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) next month with a series of dramas, documentaries, news packages and discussions. Among the month-long season will be a series of six 15-minute dramatic monologues, written, directed and performed by disabled people. […]

Pandemic Recession Likely To Have ‘Disproportionate’ Impact On Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The recession associated with the pandemic is likely to be having a disproportionate impact on disabled employees, just as it did in the last recession, according to academics. They have examined the impact on disabled people during the recession of 2007 to 2009, and believe it is […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

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  There are approximately 49,058 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The disabled spend is around £212 billion per year. I wonder how many of these places have banned Blue Badge holders from their centres stopping them spending some of that money with struggling retailers? York has..

Can You Help Steer The Future Of Healthwatch York ?

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From Healthwatch York.   Healthwatch York at York CVS is keen to recruit at least three new Steering Group members, including a new Chair. Steering Group members play an essential role in setting our strategic direction and checking that we are on track to deliver our aims and objectives. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted and […]

Councils Face Calls To Re-Think COVID Streetscape Changes

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  By TJM in Disability News Service.   Local authorities in England and Wales are facing calls to re-think the “streetscape” changes being made in response to COVID-19, amid concerns that the new street infrastructure is making parts of towns and cities inaccessible to many disabled people. Disabled people and their organisations have previously warned that many […]

My Experience Of Reverse Therapy For M.E.

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By Bill Clayton. My views on Reverse Therapy having undertaken a course some years ago. I attended a series of monthly sessions, ending on 29 November 2012.  I found that there was a line of ‘truth’ (for want of a better word) running through this therapy, the theory on how / why ME starts is […]

Blue Badge Eligibility – Update September 2020

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  From Independent Living.   If you are a Blue Badge holder, and you have been struggling to find an unoccupied disabled parking bay, it is probably not surprising. According to data obtained from Freedom of Information requests made by confused.com, there are 38 badge holders per parking space… Since the welcome extension of Blue […]

‘Lockdown Is Basically What Having M.E/C.F.S Is Like’: An Interview With Sally Callow, Pt 1

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  By Paris Ali-Pilling inThe Star and Crescent.   Paris Ali-Pilling talks to Sally Callow in a two part series. In part one, Sally explains about the impact of the pandemic on her social enterprise. Sally is the founder of Stripy Lightbulb CIC and ME Foggy Dog, which offer training and aim to raise awareness about M.E/C.F.S. Interview transcribed by […]

The Government Has Failed ‘Spectacularly’ To Support Disabled People Returning To Work

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  By Vicky Foxcroft MP in The House.   Two thirds of all Covid-19 deaths so far have been disabled people. The Government needs to ensure those who were shielding are not forced to go back to an unsafe workplace. Since the national shielding programme ended on the 1st of August, lots of people have […]

Makayla And Her Av1

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  From noisolation. Due to her ME, Makayla is not able to attend school full time. She was forced to give up her favourite sports and hobbies, which included dancing and swimming. Makayla has tried to combat the social isolation and loneliness she feels through interfaces such as Instagram, where she can make friends who […]

ME/CFS Economic Cost: $14.5B Each Year

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  By Eddie Ngaluafe in Griffith News.   Griffith University research has calculated the cost of the debilitating illness myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at $14.5 billion each year in Australia. Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), says the figure shows the significant economic toll on patients and the broader […]

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