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Blue Badge Access – York

URGENT – Actions in relation to removal of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre. Many of you will have been following recent developments regarding Blue Badge parking. At the meeting of the York Human Rights City Network Steering Group on 15th July, we took the decision to issue a statement in which we concluded that: […]

Statement Presented To The Council: Ensuring Access For All

From The York Disability Rights Forum. On Thursday 15th July, York Labour took a motion to a full council meeting (agenda item 8) that seeks to make the city centre fully accessible. The motion passed but with significant ammendments and we will be posting a blog that explores those changes and what they mean for the motion […]

The Importance Of Listening In Treating Invisible Illness And Long-Haul COVID-19

By Dorothy Wall MA in AMA Journal of Ethics. Abstract Primary and specialty care clinicians strive to base diagnoses and treatment on specific, measurable abnormalities. Yet those with invisible, controversial illnesses such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) often have symptoms not explained by standard laboratory values. For instance, one of the cardinal features of […]

How To Avoid Sun Damage After Months In Lockdown

By Sarah Allinson in The Conversation. After a winter of lockdown and with coronavirus restrictions beginning to lift across the UK, many will be hoping for good weather this summer. Restrictions on foreign travel have meant that more people plan to stay within the UK for their summer holidays than ever before. This shift, along with our […]

Cycling In York City Centre

From City Of York Council. City of York Council are hosting an online workshop with cyclists and disabled people who use cycles as a mobility aid in York city centre. About this event Over the past year we have been talking to groups and individuals who have been impacted by the footstreets policy in York […]

Pavement Cafés And Street Furniture: Not For Us

The City of York Council Licensing and Regulatory Committee met on 26th April. On the agenda (item 6) was a report about businesses reopening with pavement cafés which stated there were no equality implications surrounding this. We strongly disagree. We took our opportunity to speak at the meeting and sent the statement below to the members of […]

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 […]

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