Martyn Sibley
Martyn Sibley is a passionate disability campaigner, who is dedicated to inspiring, informing and changing the world around disability issues. Although he requires support with all aspects of daily life, (whether crossing the road, accessing public transport or overcoming stereotypes) he lives independently, drives a car, runs his own business and has undertaken trips to Australia, America and many parts of Europe. Read more on

Entries by Martyn Sibley

Highlights and Hopes

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2015 | (21:17)

Martyn in Tenerife - featured

For this year's 'New Year' post I wanted to summarise my highlights from 2015. I haven't gone into much detail, but I've linked to the original posts if you want to go deeper. Finally I've shared...

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Accessible Skiing in Catalonia

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2015 | (18:21)

Accessible Skiing in Catalonia

It's not so surprising to hear that Kasia and I visited Barcelona again last week. We do love a little trip there! What is less known, however, are the reasons why we went this time and...

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I'll Rest in the Afterlife

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (23:07)

I always tend to get a bit more philosophical in the winter. With the recent Paris attacks and the Serious Case Review (SCR) of the 3 killed children with SMA I have been feeling extra thoughtful. Instead of just going round in circles or having thoughts of hate,...

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Accessible Tenerife

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (19:57)

Tenerife is situated in the Canary Islands. Some might say it is a tiny bit of land off of West Africa. For me it is a lot more! I've visited this wonderful island many times and simply love it.

My first trip was with my family when I...

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Accessible Cambridge with the European Network of Accessible Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2015 | (19:21)

Martyn and Kasia in Cambridge
What a busy fortnight! I hope you enjoyed the posts on the Spanish conference, our trip around Madrid, and my views on improving air travel for disabled people. Today I'd like to tell you about...

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Accessible Air Travel

(1) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (11:30)

Fortunately air travel is possible for most disabled people nowadays. There are some people who cannot be transferred onto the plane, sit comfortably, not use the loo during the flight and/or get their wheelchair on board. This must be addressed asap. Of those who do travel, the process is...

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An Accessible Whirlwind in Madrid

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2015 | (13:49)

An Accessible Whirlwind in Madrid - featured

In my last post I talked you through the Accessible Tourism conference I spoke at in Spain. Now I want to share with you how I got on in Madrid outside of my...

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Speaking at the International Accessible Technology and Tourism Conference in Madrid

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2015 | (17:34)

Last week I was invited to Madrid by the huge national Spanish Charity, Once. They are funded from the sales of lottery tickets, and run many projects for disabled people. Their staff and board of trustees are heavily represented by disabled people which I applaud.

The conference was...

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The Importance of Health, Learning and Leisure

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2015 | (19:47)

When we are children our health is often low down the agenda, and even out of our comprehension. I generally hated healthy food and any exercise. Additionally I wouldn't say that I loved school. I didn't hate it either. My grades were fine. It was just that I had...

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'F' the Fear

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (21:52)

Like many others, I had lost interest in politics over recent times. It's really sad because I used to love watching the political news, reading articles, chatting to my mate Rich (Dicky) Currie, and tuning in for Thursday night BBC politics program 'this week'. As with all gradual changes,...

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One Week

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (02:52)

It's Thursday night. It's raining. I've just written an update to 28 amazing people who backed my Kickstarter over the halfway mark, already. Beyond feeling confident we'll hit the £2200 target towards the costs of publishing my first book, it's got me feeling all philosophical and reflective.


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Kickstarting My First Book

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2015 | (05:56)

Together we're going to Kickstart my first book and inspire the next generation of disabled travellers!

As you already know from reading my blog and articles on Disability Horizons, I like to challenge myself. Especially if I think it will help change perceptions of disabled people or inspire...

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Disability Awareness: How It Benefits Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2015 | (03:27)

It's already been a month since returning from the big roadtrip. I've been catching up, stabilising, and proactively improving my health/work/social bits and bobs. It was nice to be still and do life's necessary tasks. I'm also holding back from a rant about the British weather. I must say...

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Learning and Doing

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (15:37)

It's been just over a week since returning from the big trip around Europe. In that time I've seen a bit of sun and a lot of rain. I've seen most of my family and friends. I've eaten my favourite UK based foods (particularly the yummy Lloyd Grossman tikka...

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Europe Without Barriers: Final Thoughts

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (15:58)

In June 2014 Ivor Ambrose from the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) kindly invited me to speak in Brussels for a conference on accessible tourism. It was great to meet the living legend in person, and connect with a community of like minded people.


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(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (12:55)

As lots of you are probably aware, I love to travel! I've been really fortunate to be able to travel to some amazing places such as Japan, Spain, the Austrian mountains, Australia and the USA. And along the way I've had some awesome adventures; hot air ballooning...

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Beautiful Barcelona

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (03:36)

It's been 3 weeks since we began the Accessible Tourism Roadtrip. So far we've had an amazing boatride to Santander, saw old friends in Aviles, made the local newspaper too, made the long drive to Barcelona, stayed in an amazing apartment at MICs Sant Jordi, and enjoyed endless...

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14 Technology Wishes for My Independence

(1) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (20:06)

Being a social model advocate I've spent a lot of time enjoying my own differences (like having SMA) and educating society to remove those disabling barriers. On the topic of empowering technologies I do use a hoist, electric bed and wheelchair as enabling devices. Otherwise I'm very dependent on...

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Politics, Media and Everyday People

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2015 | (20:44)

There seems to be such a void between politics, the media and everyday people. All I seem to read, watch and hear is immigrants and disabled people draining our society. Yet the recession, debt and issues we currently face began in financial sectors. Sectors that remain propped up by...

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What Disables You?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2015 | (01:44)

I don't really remember when I first knew that I was disabled. I've heard stories of how I didn't move like other toddlers. Then I remember being at school in my wheelchair. That first moment of knowing I was 'different' just doesn't stand out.

This is of course...

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