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Smartphones Are Introducing Tech That Makes The World More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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By Erin Magner in Well and Good.   It’s easy to throw shade at smartphones for all the ways they suck us in, burn us out, and keep us up at night. But let’s not forget that our constant computerized companions have many qualities worth celebrating, too. For starters, they’re helping to make life easier for people with disabilities. […]

Scope Accused Of ‘Exploitation’ After Seeking Disabled Writer To Work For Free

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disability charity has been accused of “exploitative” and “disgraceful” behaviour after asking disabled journalists to write an article for its website without payment. The charity Scope sent out a message on social media this week seeking a “disability blogger” who could write an article […]

Popular York Restaurant To Take Over City Centre Shop

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    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix. A popular city centre restaurant is set to expand into a neighbouring shop. Ate O’Clock on High Ousegate has applied for planning permission to take over the former Joy store next door to its entrance. If the proposals go ahead, the company would create a new deli shop […]

Book Exposes ‘Horrifying’ Levels Of Abuse Faced By Disabled People On Public Transport

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK. David Wilkin says the results of his research are “sometimes startling and almost always distressing” and illustrate the “ongoing […]

5 Tips For Making Your Christmas Party Accessible

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  By Kerry Thompson in AccessAble.   Disability blogger and campaigner Kerry Thompson, who has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, gives us her top 5 tips for making Christmas parties accessible. December is here! The shops are filled with Christmas Trees and decorations, the bars and restaurants are advertising booking Christmas parties, it’s a […]

Lewisham Commission Hopes To Put Disabled People At Heart Of Decision-Making

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A local authority has become the second in London to set up an independent, user-led commission to investigate the barriers faced by disabled residents. Lewisham Disabled People’s Commission (LDPC) will be led by disabled people and will examine organisational, attitudinal and physical barriers faced by disabled […]

Sainsbury’s, I Don’t Need A Lanyard To Warn You About My Disability – You Need To Provide Better Training

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    By Liz Johnsin in The Independent.   It’s great that major brands are getting serious about inclusion, but initiatives should focus on taking away barriers, rather than forcing marginalised groups to mark out their difference. Sunflower season may be over but Sainsbury’s wants to see more in bloom this autumn following its latest announcement. On […]

5 Things Councils Can Do To Make Areas More Accessible

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    By Heather Lacey in AccessAble.   As the world becomes more and more connected, we are increasingly fortunate to have the potential to explore more of what the UK’s towns and cities have to offer. Getting out and about to enjoy the activities and attractions that our Towns and Cities have can be […]

Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For ?

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    HELLO, IS IT ME YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ? I’m sure you know the feeling I’m sure you know the score Hit with ME, you soon get to see How things are not as before I hoped my friends would stay with me I seriously thought they would I thought that they’d care And […]

‘I’m Only Here For MY Beer !’ Dame Judi Dench Knocks Back A Can Of – Dame Judi Quench

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    From YorkMix.   After a hard day’s filming, there’s nothing better than cracking open a can of beer with your name on it. Hollywood and theatre legend Dame Judi Dench is pictured here tucking into a cold can of Dame Judi Quench – the unique beer created in her home city by Brew […]

Four In Five Disabled People Feel Anxious About Using Public Transport, Says Study

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  By Cathy Adams in The Independent.   Four in five disabled people have felt anxious about using public transport, according to a wide-ranging new study about disability and travel, while three in five have felt scared. Research from equality charity Scope shows that the majority of disabled people face problems when using public transport, with […]

Ticketmaster Makes ‘Huge Step Forward’ For Disabled Music Fans

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  By Mark Savage in BBC News.   For years, deaf and disabled music fans have faced huge barriers when it comes to booking concert tickets. Whether it’s the requirement to call premium rate help lines, or having to provide evidence of their disabilities, the experience has put many fans off. Now Ticketmaster is introducing […]

Essentials For Getting Out And About As A Wheelchair User

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    By Soph in Mummying and M.E.   Out on a shopping trip recently with a good friend, she suggested I put together a list of the things I’ve learnt to be essential when getting out and about. You see I’ve always been fiercely independent, not thinking twice about the ability to leave the […]

Calls For Fresh Law To Tackle Pavement Parking

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  By Stuart Minting in The Press.   FRESH laws are needed to tackle the problem of motorists parking on pavements – according to a council meeting. North Yorkshire County councillors were told residents including children, wheelchair users and pedestrians face significant issues created by inconsiderately parked cars. And that the problem was present in […]

How Accessible Is The Beauty World To Those With Disabilities ?

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    By Amelia Abraham in Dazed Digital. DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER SAM RENKE, BEAUTY YOUTUBER KAITLYN DOBROW, AND THE CHARITY SCOPE SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON HOW THE INDUSTRY CAN DO BETTER For Sam Renke, who has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bones disease, make-up is not a mask but a way to express herself. “Fashion and beauty […]

Legal Firm Hands Out Cameras To Help Disabled Passengers Prove Discrimination

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people who experience repeated discrimination on public transport are being offered a camera to record video evidence for possible legal cases. Legal firm Fry Law, which specialises in disability discrimination cases, is hoping some of the evidence produced can then be used to bring cases […]

Why Friendships Can Be Difficult With A Chronic Illness

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    By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   There is a saying that goes, “It’s amazing how chronic illness turns friends into strangers and strangers into friends.” Maintaining friendships can be difficult for those of us with chronic illness. It may be hard for friends to understand the challenges we face, and the limitations our ill-health places on […]

Rocket In Brass, Steel And Fire

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    From Visit York.   About Behold the single most important object in the modern age and meet the humble makers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables, in Brass, Steel and Fire at National Railway Museum. Meet Rocket, the world-changing locomotive which kick started a golden era of innovation. Journey through […]

Living With An Unsociable Illness

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  From the Not Just Tired Blog. As I’m writing this post, I’m sat in bed, having to take time out to rest, whilst we have a family member staying with us for the weekend. Enjoying listening from afar to the lively chatter, yet not a part of it. Would I not rather be downstairs, chatting […]

Socialising As A Disabled Person Can Mean Forking Out £70 For Brunch

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    By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   If you think we live in an equal society, ask yourself this: have you ever payed £70 to eat brunch? This is exactly what happened to me just the other week. Besides work I’ve found myself socialising less and less over the past years. In part […]

York’s Wheelchair-Accessible Indie Coffee Shops And Cafes

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  By Pippa, from The Life Of Pippa Blog.   If you’ve ever visited York, you’ll know it’s an absolute goldmine for cute and quirky independent businesses. You could visit a different indie coffee shop for breakfast every weekend, and in my former years as a student (prior to becoming a wheelchair-user), that’s pretty much […]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre Goes Into Liquidation

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      By Chloe Laversuch at Minster FM.   The theatre say they’ve suffered “unsustainable losses” from it’s recent seasons in York and at Blenheim Palace. THE closure of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, which has gone into liquidation, “will be a loss” for York. Organisations have reacted with sorrow to news that the theatre – which […]

Cutting Out Toxic People From My Life After Becoming Chronically Ill

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    By Shannon Marie in The Mighty.   I can count my friends on one hand, and I spend a fair amount of time alone. I prefer it this way. I’m often fatigued or otherwise symptomatic of Hashimoto’s with joint pain, brain fog, mood swings or back pain. So a day or two completely alone in […]

York Ghost Merchants – The ‘World’s First’ Spook Shop – Opens In Shambles

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  By George Dodd in The Press. THE “world’s first” ghost shop has opened its doors in York – stocking more than 1,000 spooky collectables. The York Ghost Merchants, located in the former Pinder and Scott’s bakery shop at number 6 Shambles, stocks unique ghost-related souvenirs for visitors to take home. The shop has been created and […]

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

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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.   […]

Becoming A Wheelchair User: 3 Things I’ve Learned

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  From @creamcrackeredblog.   I became a wheelchair user two years ago, and in that time I’ve really had to work through a lot of anxiety and internalised ableism to become comfortable using my chair out in public. It hasn’t been easy and I still have my wobbles, but I’m now at the point where […]

York Balloon Fiesta

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      About York Balloon Fiesta York Balloon Fiesta returns for 2019 with the biggest hot air balloon festival York has ever seen. This free festival brings a weekend of hot air balloons, children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts, food and drink, as well as a funfair with rides never seen before in York. […]

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 […]

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