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Guest Blog: Outdoor Seating Plans For York City Centre

  From York Disability Rights Forum.   We invited Make it York and City of York Council to tell us about the outside seating that’s being introduced as part of the plans to reopen the city. Here you can find out about the ways that disabled access has been incorporated into those plans. As well […]

Our Treatment Of The Vulnerable – Challenges For The Family Justice System

  from Valerie Eliot Smith. This is the text of a paper by Sir James Munby (lately President of the Family Division) delivered at the Royal Holloway University of London Symposium : ‘Inequality and Rights – Contemporary Challenges in the Child Protection and Family Justice Systems before and during the Pandemic’, which was held remotely […]

Vulnerable Say They’ve Been ‘Forgotten’ As Covid Vaccine Goes To Young And Healthy

By John Siddle in The Mirror. Serious health condition sufferers say they have been overlooked in the jab rollout after the Government chooses to vaccinate people by age once priority groups are done. Vulnerable Brits say they have been ‘forgotten’ in the vaccines rollout as young and healthy people get jabs. Those with serious health […]

Don’t Think Disabled People Have It Easy Because We Get ‘Perks’

        By Samantha Renke in The Metro.   ‘But you get free parking, and you get to jump to the front of the queue. What about those nice big toilets, they can’t be all that bad, hey?’ These are just some of the comments I’ve had over the years as a disabled […]

#Walkingfromhome: The Wheelchair User

  From Living Streets. Caroline lives in a seaside town in England and is a member of one of our Local Groups of volunteers.  As a wheelchair user, Caroline is passionate about improving streets and the access to them for everyone. In normal times, Caroline’s favourite things are being with friends, volunteering and seeing the […]

Why Do We Need To highlight Disability History Month ?

  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 […]

A Little Health Reminder….

  M.E. MOT Woke up today It’s not gone away This beast, it’s here for good Thought maybe a dream But a nightmare it seems I’d sleep through it all if I could As another day dawns There’s something more going on The pain’s a bit harder to stand It’s tougher to face, when it’s […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

  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..

Councils Face Calls To Re-Think COVID Streetscape Changes

  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 […]

Coronavirus: Disabled People Face Discrimination From COVID Traffic Schemes

  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Councils and other public bodies across England are failing to consult disabled people before approving “discriminatory” measures designed to aid social distancing and encourage cyclists and pedestrians, say campaigners. They have warned that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act, and are making […]

Trial By Error: Disinformation About Treatments For Post-Covid Syndrome

    By David Tuller, DrPH Professor Trudie Chalder is a lead investigator of a series of studies of rehabilitative interventions for so-called “medically unexplained symptoms” that have failed to meet expectations but have nevertheless been promoted as demonstrating treatment success. The piece of crap known as the PACE trial is a prime example. Most famously, Professor […]

Changing Places Toilets For Disabled People To Be Compulsory

  From BBC News. Large accessible toilets for severely disabled people – known as Changing Places – will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021. Shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues will be required to include at least one Changing Place, a government spokesman said. The facilities include hoists, changing benches […]

Trial By Error: NICE On Exercise And Post-Covid Syndrome

  By David Tuller, DrPH. As post-covid syndrome has emerged as a major public health concern, so has the likelihood that members of the biopsychosocial ideological brigades will roll out their typical interventions for the “long-haulers”–patients suffering from profound exhaustion and other symptoms for many weeks and months after getting infected with the coronavirus. The […]

The York Access Group

Just to let you know that The York Access and Mobility Club has been renamed The York Access Group. This group will be working with others in the York area to improve disability access to amenities in York, so that we can all enjoy our beautiful city to the full, and to not be restricted […]

Nine Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It

By Emily J Hall, Anne Carter and Dan O’Neill in The Conversation. As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather while it lasts. But it’s important to exercise caution, as dogs can easily develop heatstroke in hot temperatures. […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

The ‘Lightning Process’: Implausible, Unproven, Hyped And Expensive

  By Edzard Ernst in edzardernst.com. The Lightning Process  (LP) is a commercial programme developed by Phil Parker based on ideas from osteopathy, life coaching and neuro-linguistic programming. It has been endorsed by celebrities like Martine McCutcheon and Esther Rantzen, who credits it for her daughter’s recovery from ME. Parker claims that LP works by teaching people to […]

ME And My List

ME AND MY LIST The eyes they slowly open A restless night behind Sleep didn’t want to come my way To rest my buzzing mind I gently rise to find my feet Hope the strength is there to greet My legs like stilts, …..no feeling I fall,…… to stare up at the ceiling It’s gonna […]

Trial By Error: Oxford Health Blinks, Removes Pamphlet On Post-COVID Illness

  By David Tuller, DrPH. In this traumatic time, small victories should be savored. Last week, I noticed a tweet from patient and advocate Tom Kindlon about a pamphlet from the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the entity that oversees NHS services in the Oxford region. Other patients and advocates also flagged it on social media and sent […]

Will COVID-19 Leave An Explosion Of ME/CFS Cases In Its Wake ?

By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   The first SARS epidemic in 2003 featuring SARS-CoV now seems like a poor dress rehearsal for today’s SARS CoV-2 outbreak. With just 8,000 cases in total and 774 deaths, (compared to almost 1,000,000 cases and 4,000 plus deaths and rising rapidly) it seems hardly worth including in the same sentence. […]

Coronavirus V: Lipkin, Bateman And Klimas Talk Plus Treatment Updates

  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   My, how things change. Less than a month ago, only 70 coronavirus cases had been reported in the country. Our president had just recently announced that the virus was under control. The sun was shining brightly. How naïve we all were. Just a month later, the U.S. leads the […]

Using A Service: Reasonable Adjustments For Disabled People

  From the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which services are delivered, providing extra equipment and/or the removal of physical barriers. This is the ‘duty to make reasonable adjustments’. A duty is something someone must do, in this […]

Does Britain Have A Transport Accessibility Problem ?

  By BY BONNIE EVIE GIFFORD in Happiful.   Accessing public transport should be simple, shouldn’t it? Yet thousands face delays, inequalities in access, a lack of support and understanding. Enough is enough Whether we’re talking about your daily commute or venturing further afield, it’s hard to deny: travel can be stressful at the best of times. Overcrowding, […]

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