Martyn Sibley
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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 www.martynsibley.com

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One Week

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (01:52)

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.

So...

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Kickstarting My First Book

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2015 | (04:56)

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 | (02:27)

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 | (14:37)

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 | (14:58)

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.

Then...

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Accomable

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (11:55)

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 | (02:36)

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 | (19:06)

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 | (19:44)

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 | (00:44)

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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Sparks of Change

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (22:49)

Peaks and Troughs. Ebb and Flow. However much I strive for consistency, it always seems to evade me. Partly because I guess 'that's life'. Partly because I seem to like to mix things up! I tend to regularly kick off new challenges.

From finishing 2014 tired, living back...

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Best Mum in the World

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2015 | (14:21)

There's a well told story in our family about the time my mum hit me around the head with a loaf of bread. Not the type of thing you'd expect to read, especially following this title! There's another story where she poured a cup of water over me in...

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Five Things About Me on World Rare Genes Day

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2015 | (13:32)

February 28th was #WorldRareGenesDay and thanks to my esteemed friends Sam Mildon, Tori Elliott and Lauren West (plus a few others); I am to share 5 things you don't know about me.

Running a blog means I've spilled the beans already, so here's some general thoughts for everyone...

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Everything is Possible

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (16:48)

As of 8pm on Saturday night we were finishing our Valentines dinner. I had packed my bags to stay at my mums for the week. Meanwhile Kasia was all set for a week of skiing with her dad in Austria.

For no apparent reason I was struck with...

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Technological Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (07:34)

Since I've been getting some winter sun in Fuerteventura the past fortnight, I've chewed my way through 3 books. I can sometimes go months without reading, and then suddenly a thirst for knowledge (alongside the right environment, such as a holiday) kicks in. Then boom, off I go! I've...

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Accessible Travel is Adventure Travel

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (20:02)

Last week I played the lottery. Not the one where you pay a quid and maybe win millions. It's the one where you go on holiday with a disability.

A colleague of mine, Ivor Ambrose from the European Network for Accessible Tourism, quoted the expert accessible traveller...

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Fundamental Foundations

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2015 | (19:30)

Following a tough end to the year, I saw 2015 in with antibiotics. That said, the medicine did shift that nasty virus I had very effectively. Plus our New Years Eve murder mystery night, where I was the reverend, was great fun. I didn't commit the crime by the way.

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The Power of Action

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (19:24)

These last couple of months have been really tough. It feels like the carefree happiness of the past years all somehow caught up with me. I mean, I'm always 'on it' when it comes to life's administrative tasks and firefighting problems. However, various problems have landed in my lap...

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Ten Top Tips for Better Health and Wellbeing

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (00:22)

Ever since I was aware of having my disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (known as SMA), I understood that the messages didn't go from my brain to all of my muscles.

Even though I could feel everything, I just couldn't stimulate the muscles to move much or...

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The Red or the Blue Pill?

(2) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (09:50)

Blue Pill Red Pill

(Image taken from the movie "The Matrix" - Released in 1999)

As promised in my recent technology post I wanted to touch upon Science and Disability.

Before we get going, I want...

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