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The Unique Type Of Loneliness That Comes With Chronic Illness

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    By Britt Renee in The Mighty.   It seems like getting familiar with loneliness is inherent in living the chronic illness life. This loneliness doesn’t come from being literally and physically alone, though I’m learning there is a decent amount of “alone time” one has to learn to appreciate when being chronically ill. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Blue Badge And Invisible ME

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Gone from being life and soul Health gone down a huge black hole Rarely getting out too far Too much pain is the bar A blue badge now has rescued me When strength allows, it sets me free It gets me to a needed door Which was out of my aching reach before Many are […]

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 […]

Disabled Actress Samantha Renke – What Does Accessibility Mean To You ?

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By Samantha Renke in AccessAble.   With almost 14 million disabled people living in the UK and as the fastest growing minority group, creating a world that is more accessible has never been more prevalent. Not to mention that excluding the disabled people from the consumer market is a big financial mistake as disabled people […]

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 […]

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 […]

Accessible York – Encouraging Inclusive Tourism In North Yorkshire

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  From the Life Of Pippa Blog.   Back in September 2013 when I moved to York for university, it’s safe to say my new friends and I fully made the most of life in the city and all it had to offer. As a non-disabled student at the time, there were no barriers holding […]

Preparing For University When You Have A Disability

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  By Chloe Tear.   Oh how I remember this time well! I actually graduated on Wednesday, but preparing for the whole thing only seems like yesterday. University was such an unknown step, even if it was a step I knew I wanted to take. My health at the time was far from ideal and […]

How To Book Access Theatre Tickets – Seats For Disabled Patrons

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    From the Life of Pippa Blog.   Ever since I started theatre blogging and my chronic illness-friendly reviews, I’ve had messages asking about how I book my access tickets and ensure my needs are met. It’s one of those things that I’ve been doing for so long now that it’s become second nature, so […]

Glimpsing The World: My Joy And Pain

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    By Naomi Whittingham in A Life Hidden.   There is an indescribable joy in experiencing the outside world after many months or years of incarceration.  The dance of sunlight through the leaves of trees; the flicker of shadows on grass; the touch of a gentle breeze.  When darkness and isolation have been the foundation of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I Hear When You Tell Me ‘But You Look Fine’

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  By Melanie Leong  in The Mighty.   Fairly recently, I had this weird experience where a person with a chronic illness threw the “but you look fine!” line on me. I am pretty certain I didn’t respond. In fact, I don’t really recall what happened afterwards because I was in shock. Isn’t it chronic illness code that we […]

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 […]

Crippled: Austerity And The Demonisation Of Disabled People By Frances Ryan – Review

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  By Yvonne Roberts in The Guardian.   Two years ago the United Nations released the findings of a secret inquiry into state-level violations of the human rights of disabled people. Its conclusion was that a “human catastrophe” was under way. In every sphere, including employment, housing, education and social security, disabled people are hugely disadvantaged. Shamefully, […]

Disabled People Are Sharing The Worst ‘Compliments’ They’ve Received

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  By Serena Coady in The Metro.   Ever felt the sting of a backhanded compliment? Perhaps you’ve been told that your English is ‘surprisingly’ good, or that you’re funny… ‘for a woman’. A new Twitter hashtag, #DisabledCompliments, is highlighting that veiled insults are sometimes a daily reality for people with a disability. The viral […]

How An Historic Fort Is Helping Veterans Transition To Civilian Life

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  By Tim Cooper in Forces Network.   Veterans are being given the chance to restore part of a historic fort in Eastney, on the south-eastern tip of Portsmouth. Built in the 1700s, Fort Cumberland was originally used to defend the Naval Base from a landward attack and stayed in military service until the 1970s. […]

9 Relatable Comics That Nail What It’s Like To Have Chronic Illness

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      By Michelle Levy in The Mighty.   Getting sick is no laughing matter, but it often takes humor to be able to get through the ups and downs of chronic illness. While some of these comics make us laugh out loud in pained affirmation, mostly they raise awareness of chronic illness, and […]

Shakespeare’s Back In Business As Rose Theatre Re-Opens – Video And Pix

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    By YorkMix in Entertainment, Music Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre has opened, bring four new plays to the pop-up theatre in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower. Running from Tuesday 25 June – Sunday 1 September 2019, the programme features Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. It was opened by the York Town Crier Ben Fry and Linda Fenwick, High Sheriff of North […]

Accessible Transport From Disneyland Paris To Paris Gare Du Nord

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  By Pippa  in her Life of Pippa Blog.   Whilst this may be a bit of a niche post, I wanted to share my eventful first experience of public transport abroad as a wheelchair user, travelling from Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord. It was a lack of clear information online that prompted […]

Why Having ME/CFS Makes Me Dread The Summer

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  By Jo Moss in Journey Through The Fog.   After I read the news that the temperatures in the UK were going to reach 27 degrees this week, my anxiety levels rose dramatically and panic set in. I hoped I would having longer to adjust to the summer – what happened to spring? – […]

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