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What Would A Truly Disabled-Accessible City Look Like ?

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By Saba Salman in The Guardian.   Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less […]

Coronavirus: Government’s Continuing Failure On PA Guidance ‘Will Cost Lives’

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government’s continuing failure to produce accessible information and guidance to help disabled people protect themselves during the coronavirus crisis is unacceptable and will cost lives, disabled people’s organisations have warned. Disabled campaigners spoke out after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) failed […]

I Want To Work Out But Most Gyms Don’t Cater For People Like Me

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By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   I remember sitting in the cafeteria of my first ever job in London. I’d moved down from a quintessentially Northern, rural town to pursue the bright lights and see what the capital had to offer. As I sat nibbling on my peanut butter sandwich, I asked the lady opposite […]

The Illusion You Will Be Forever Able Bodied And The Limits Of Empathy

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  By James C Coyne in Medium.   This is an edit of something I wrote in 2016, which I return to read every now and then. Sometimes I tinker with it, like now. I wrote it soon after I first became a professional advocating for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, a set […]

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 […]

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 […]

International Day of People with Disabilities: Hannah Dines – Why I’m sick of ‘inspiration porn’

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    By Hannah Dines in BBC Sport.   It happens time and time again in Paralympic sport that the story is chosen for us. Our disability is the negative comparison that makes our positive sporting performance legitimate. We cannot have one without the other. The irony here is that for many Paralympians, their disability […]

Disabled People Like Me Are Being Forced To Battle Daily For Our Most Basic Needs

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  By Susan McKinstery in Huffpost.   I was born in 1981, the year declared “International Year of Persons with Disabilities” by the UN. It heralded the beginning of the “Decade for Persons with Disabilities”, which saw the beginning of what would go on to become landmark equalities legislation and political policy making. The intention for […]

‘They Think Disability Is Almost Worse Than Being Dead’

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By Kate Scotter in BBC News.   “I won’t let you make me feel bad for the things I cannot do, I am tired of being talked over by people like you.” To watch Tilly Moses perform her folk music on stage, there are no visual clues she’s disabled – although the message is there […]

Aids And Equipment For Managing Fatigue

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        By Pippa, in Life of Pippa.   [AD] This piece is sponsored by CareCo Ltd and features affiliate links. More information can be found at the bottom of this post! Something that comes up a lot in conversation is how I negotiate living independently whilst dealing with long-term chronic fatigue. And whilst that’s […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

An Apology To My Wheelchair

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    From the Creamcrackered.me Blog, dated 11 March 2019.   Around two weeks ago it was International Wheelchair Day and this got me thinking about my relationship with my own wheelchair and the journey we’ve been on together. So, I decided to write a little something about my new identity as part-time (ambulatory if […]

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 illusion You Will Be Forever Able Bodied And The Limits Of Empathy

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      By James C Coyne.   This is an edit of something I wrote in 2016, which I return to read every now and then. Sometimes I tinker with it, like now. I wrote it soon after I first became a professional advocating for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, a set […]

Some Claims That London 2012 Changed The World Are Nonsense, Says Disabled Peer

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled […]

Living My Life In The Grey Area Of Disability

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    By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.   When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism. Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. In the last nine months of my […]

The Isolation I Feel as I Parent Kids With Disabilities

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    By Laura McLean in The Mighty. Raising children with disabilities can be challenging and rewarding, often within the same day — or even hour. Our emotions as parents are complicated. We can simultaneously feel like giving up and also be ready to go to the ends of the earth for our children. We […]

I Can Walk, But That Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Need A Wheelchair

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By Rebecca Giddings in The Mighty. Everyone knows when you are ill, you are in bed and can’t do anything. Obviously this example is great for someone with the flu, but what if you have a chronic illness, an illness that is going to last your lifetime? Are you supposed to just hide away in […]

Watchdogs’ Concern Over Government Refusal To Act On UN Rights Reports

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Four equality and human rights watchdogs have heavily criticised the government for its failure to address the serious concerns raised in a “damning” UN report on the rights of disabled people across the UK. A year on from the report by the UN’s committee on the rights […]

So When A High-Profile Civil Servant Is Disabled, The Press Finds Its Sympathy

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  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Andrew McDonald’s case deserves attention of course, but most disabled people get a different reception when the benefits system casts them aside. I want to tell you about two very different disabled people, both going through Britain’s benefit system. “Disabled person 1” has Parkinson’s disease and terminal […]

Army Major Hopes To Become Fastest Disabled Woman To Powerboat Around Isle Of Wight

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  By Amy Wiltshire in Forces Network.   Major Mandy Islam is calling for better support for service personnel with life-changing conditions. A British army major with a rare type of blood cancer hopes to become the fastest disabled woman to drive a powerboat around the Isle of Wight. Three years ago Major Mandy Islam was diagnosed with […]

The UK Has Serious Shortage Of Wheelchairs And People Are ‘Trapped’ In Their Homes, Red Cross Warns

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  By Benjamin Butterworth in iNews.   Millions of people risk being “trapped” in their own homes because they are left without wheelchairs as they recover from illness, the British Red Cross has warned. The charity found that while most people needing a wheelchair for more than six months had been offered one, more than […]

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