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High Street Businesses Losing Millions By Shunning Disabled Consumers, New Research Reveals

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    From Purple. More than 13 million people in the UK – a fifth of the population – are disabled. A new poll of people who consider themselves to be disabled has found that more than half of respondents are struggling to make purchases of a product/service due to their disability. Disabled young people […]

Don’t Assume I Have A Carer Just Because I’m Disabled

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  By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   Sometimes people ask me if I have a carer – a question which I find highly inappropriate, ableist and offensive. Still, let’s clear this up: I live alone in London, but I do have a young woman who works for me. I don’t call her a carer, […]

York-Based GP Service Doc-OneStop Put Patients At ‘Risk Of Serious Harm’

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    By Ed Horner in York Press.   AN ONLINE GP service in York has had its registration suspended after it was found to be putting patients at “risk of serious harm”. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the care provided by Doc-OneStop to be ‘inadequate’, following an inspection carried out in July 2019. […]

Hospital Food Review Announced By Government

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   The government will work with the NHS to improve food quality in hospitals and provide consistently safe, nutritious and tasty food. The review will consider: 1. How food can help aid faster recovery, taking into account the unique needs of vulnerable groups 2. Support from national bodies such as […]

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: The Six Main Signs You’re Lacking B12 And Could Be Deficient

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      By JESSICA KNIBBS in The Express.   Vitamin B12 is the water-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in the production of red blood cells. Lacking in the vitamin could cause a number of signs in the body. What are the six main symptoms that could mean you are vitamin B12 deficient?   Vitamin […]

Consultation Regarding Accessibility at Clifford’s Tower Area York

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  As you may know, a consultation process is under way with regard to the revamping of Clifford’s Tower area of York. This week I was invited by English Heritage to add my input with regard to accessibility for the area. The revamp will include removing the car park currently alongside the tower, which is […]

Mechanical Page Turners To Seeing AI: A Brief History Of Accessibility Tech

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  By Heidi Scrimgeour in The Guardian Labs.   Cumbersome machinery has been replaced with unobtrusive, empowering innovations in the world of assistive technology. Heidi Scrimgeour charts its evolution. Assistive technology is transforming the lives of people with disabilities. But what’s perhaps more remarkable is the fact that you probably haven’t noticed. The unobtrusive nature of the technology demonstrates […]

Trial By Error: Joan McParland’s Lightning Process Experience

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    By David Tuller, DrPH.   Aura-reader and Tarot expert Phil Parker, also known as the founder of the Lightning Process, has posted a video on YouTube of an “ME/CFS success story.” Without knowing anything about Amy’s situation or medical history beyond what she shares, I have no reason to disbelieve her testimony of […]

Musings Of A Police Officer On A Diagnosis Of ME/CFS

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  By Colin Paine in Disabled Police Association.   Colin Paine is a Detective Chief Superintendent in Thames Valley Police. He is currently working on the Police Spending Review with the NPCC. Here he reflects on his diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Police work feels inherently fast paced. It is in the nature of our […]

Video: Sliding Bollards To Protect York From Terrorist Attacks

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Permanent bollards could be installed on city centre streets to protect the area from terrorist attacks – if plans are approved by senior councillors. And the council will also work with the Counter Terrorism Unit to look at measures to protect Christmas shoppers this year. Permanent bollards will be installed […]

Ten Top Tips For Accessible Recruitment

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        By Jo Verrent in Unlimited.   Unlimited, in its current form, has been recruiting for disabled trainees since 2013. What have we learnt about accessible recruitment? Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited, gives us her top ten tips… Target where you advertise – find out where disabled people might be, and go […]

Leaving Frailty Behind. A Conversation With Laura Hillenbrand

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  By Paul Costello in Stanford Medicine.   She is an author of extraordinary success. Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Unbroken are literary phenomenons: Together, there are more than 13 million copies in print, and both have been made into blockbuster motion pictures. Seabiscuit, published in 2001, tells the story of a racehorse that captured America’s heart during the Great Depression. Unbroken, […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

My Disabilities Are Invisible. I Shouldn’t Have To Prove Them To Strangers

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  By Isabelle Jani-Friend in The Guardian.   I was recently on a packed Central line train into London. Luckily, I managed to take the last priority disabled seat. My osteoporosis and the fatigue I experience meant it would be hard for me to stand for the 40-minute journey to Oxford Circus. I felt a […]

Trial By Error: An Ill-Informed Article In The Guardian

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      By David Tuller, DrPH People who know little or nothing about the illness or cluster of illnesses variously called myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS/ME, and ME/CFS can’t seem to stop writing stupid and ill-informed stories about it. And Professor Michael Sharpe seems to blame “Americans”–rather than his own disastrous research–for his […]

Planning Breach Claim Over Site Of 1066 Battle Of Fulford

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  By Mike Laycock in The Press.   AN ARCHAEOLOGIST claims planning conditions have been breached at York’s biggest current housing development on the site of the 1066 Battle of Fulford. Chas Jones said an interpretative trail of the Germany Beck site should have been created by developer Persimmon before the first of 650 new homes was occupied. […]

New Hub Of ME/CFS Research Opens At Harvard Plus The “Hidden Gem” And New Insights

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Times are changing. The Stanford area with its bevy of researchers and doctors (Ron Davis, Robert Phair, Mark Davis, David Kaufman, Bela Chedda, Jose Montoya, Rahim Esfandyapour, Michael Zeineh, Fereshteh Jahanbani and others) seemed like “it” for ME/CFS. But look at Boston now! A new hub […]

Ten Top Tips For Accessible Recruitment

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    By  Jo Verrent in Unlimited.   Unlimited, in its current form, has been recruiting for disabled trainees since 2013. What have we learnt about accessible recruitment? Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited, gives us her top ten tips… Target where you advertise – find out where disabled people might be, and go out of your […]

Netflix Sued For Defamation By ‘Afflicted’ Subjects Who Say Docuseries Painted Them As “Crazy Hypochondriacs”

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    By Erik Pedersen in Deadline.   The 50-page complaint (read it here) was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by defendants including Jamison Hill, Pilar Olave, Jill Edelstein and Bekah Dinnerstein. Referred to in the suit as “the Afflicted Four,” they claim they were “duped by Plaintiffs into participating in a salacious reality […]

‘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 […]

Are Shared E-Scooters Good For The Planet ? Only If They Replace Car Trips

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  By Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University.   Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars. To properly assess these claims, it’s important to consider all relevant environmental factors, including the materials and energy […]

Holiday Firm Collapses After 29 Years In York – 250 Jobs At Risk

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  From YorkMix.   Holiday firm Super Break, which has operated out of York since 1990, has ceased trading. Parent company the Malvern Group, which incorporates Superbreak Mini Holidays Limited as well as Manchester-based Late Rooms Limited, is insolvent. It issued a statement today (1 August), which said: We regret to advise that Superbreak Mini-Holidays Limited (trading […]

Land Next To Cemetery Could Become Temporary Car Park

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    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Land next to Fulford Cemetery could be turned into a car park for construction vehicles while building work is carried out nearby. A planning application has been submitted for land off Fordlands Road to be used as a temporary car park until July 2020. A new care home is […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

What To Consider When Employing People With Disabilities

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  By Robert Stack Forbes Councils Member.   President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign last month with a list of accomplishments, from the market rebound to unemployment being “the lowest it has been in 51 years.” According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, “With unemployment at a low, fewer people are looking for jobs. Many employers […]

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 York ME Community – York Inter Company Fantasy Football League For The York ME TGA Shield

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The York ME Community runs an Inter-Company Fantasy Football League sponsored by TGA Mobility. This is to help raise awareness of the illness that affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and 800 in the York area alone. Of those around York, 200 are likely to be severe, meaning house or bed bound. On the […]

World Emoji Day 2019: First Look At The New Disability Emojis For Release On iOS This Autumn

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  By Rhiannon Williams in iNews.   Disability-themed icons, a yawning face and a sloth are among the new characters to be released in honour of World Emoji Day. Apple has previewed a selection of emoji due for release in the autumn, including a range of inclusive disability-themed characters. The reveal coincides with World Emoji Day, an unofficial […]

Cheapest Airport Car Parks Revealed – Where A Space Costs Just £43.99 For A Two-Week Break

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  By Stephanie Bateman in Doncaster Free Press.   New research into parking prices across UK airports by My Late Deals reveals the huge variations in price consumers are paying. My Late Deals compared the cost of parking a car for two weeks during the summer holidays (5th – 19th August 2019) at an official airport […]

Tech Tent: Should You Trust Smart Machines ?

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    By Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC News. Should you be asking a voice-activated speaker intimate questions about your health? And is it important that the scientists behind AI systems actually understand how they work? These are two questions we seek to answer in this week’s Tech Tent podcast. Listen to the latest Tech Tent podcast on BBC […]

Chronic fatigue Syndrome And An Illness-Focused Approach To Care: Controversy, Morality And Paradox

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  By Susanna Agardy, in BMJ Journals. At the heart of Sharpe and Greco’s article lies the complaint that while cancer patients accept CBT/GET treatments for their fatigue, ME/CFS patients reject these treatments. Of course they do! ME/CFS patients have a different disease, the main feature of which makes them unable to increase exertion. The article contains […]

Moon Landings Footage Would Have Been Impossible To Fake – A Film Expert Explains Why

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  By Howard Berry in The Conversation.     It’s been half a century since the magnificent Apollo 11 moon landing, yet many people still don’t believe it actually happened. Conspiracy theories about the event dating back to the 1970s are in fact more popular than ever. A common theory is that film director Stanley Kubrick […]

One North-West Town Is Getting It Right For Disabled People On Public Transport – So Why Can’t The Rest Of Britain ?

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  By James Moore in The Independent.   When you’re disabled the phrase “back to earth with a bump” is all too familiar. On Thursday I wrote about what I’d describe as a rare win: the Greater London Authority sent a motion to London mayor Sadiq Khan following my humiliating experience on the tube (I was […]

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