General Interest

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 […]

MPs Call For Overdue Government Action To Ban Pavement Parking

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.     A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations. The Commons transport committee says in a new report that pavement parking […]

Drinking A Little Whiskey Might Actually Help Relieve Cold Symptoms

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    By Kate Bratskeir in The Huffington Post.   There’s no real cure for the common cold, but a little bit of whiskey or bourbon (that’s a little bit, we said) could offer some relief. The classic hot toddy, typically made of whiskey, honey, lemon juice and hot water, can subdue the injustices of your inevitable winter cold. The hot […]

How Social Media Helps Shield Me From The Social Isolation Of Being Sick

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By Amber Blackburn in The Mighty.   When it comes to social media, we often hear about the negative aspects of each platform –like the fact that social media is full of highlight reels rather than what’s actually real. We only get to see what influencers choose to show us, which is usually only the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Heatwaves And Flash Floods: Yes, This Is Britain’s ‘New Normal’

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  By Hayley J. Fowler in The Conversation.   “It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we had a heatwave just last week?” Those words were spoken by a BBC news presenter, in front of graphic images of fire service rescues, as heavy rain caused floods and landslides which closed many roads and railway lines. In […]

Revealed: York’s Best And Worst Performing GP Surgeries, As Ranked By Patients

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    From YorkMix.   York’s best and worst performing GP surgeries – as voted for by patients – have been revealed. The results of the annual NHS GP Patient Survey have been published. It asks patients for their views on issues like   how easy it is to make an appointment how helpful receptionists […]

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 […]

Hundreds Of Families To Benefit From Claudia’s Law, Which Comes Into Force Today

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  From YorkMix.   A new law named after Claudia Lawrence is expected to help hundreds of families, allowing them to take control of their missing loved ones’ financial affairs. Named after chef Claudia, who vanished without a trace after leaving her York home a decade ago, Claudia’s Law came into force today Wednesday. Police […]

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 […]

Rambles With Remus

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    From Euan’s Guide.   Welcome to the first in a series of regular guest blogs by Zoe, a Euan’s Guide Ambassador, and her assistance dog Remus. The two live in Farlie on Scotland’s West Coast and the blog will focus on Zoe’s adventures using an all terrain mobility scooter. Part 1: A New […]

Ellie Goulding ‘Set To Marry At York Minster’ – And The Royals Are Invited

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      From YorkMix.   It looks increasingly likely that pop star Ellie Goulding will marry her fiancé at York Minster next month. YorkMix understands that the cathedral is the hot favourite for the wedding between Ellie and her boyfriend Caspar Jopling. Jopling is a member of an aristocratic Yorkshire family, who live at Frickley […]

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 […]

What To Do If You Can’t Book A GP Appointment, As 1 In 3 Say They Can’t Get Through By Phone

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    By Natasha Hinde in HUFFPOST.   If you’ve ever found yourself relentlessly pressing the call button to phone your GP, only to get beeped at before the call abruptly ends, you’re not alone. In fact, new figures show almost one in three people can’t get through to their GP by phone. Many of us have […]

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 […]

Manager Of A Doctors’ Surgery In York Jailed For Stealing £600K From GPs

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  From YorkMix.   A York woman has been jailed after taking nearly £600K from her employers. York woman jailed for £596,000 fraud against doctor’s practice Carolyn Lightwing, 55, of St Mary’s York, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position after fraudulently transferring more than £596,000 from her former employers, Elvington Medical Practice, over […]

When I Were A Lad

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    Just for no reason at all, I thought this might get your memories flickering……if you’re anywhere near my age ! When I Were A Lad When I were a lad Things weren’t so bad Despite living in black and white There was fun to be had And times were mad, Even if money […]

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