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, he lives independently, drives a car, runs his own business and has undertaken trips to Australia, America and many parts of Europe. Martyn's day-to-day life consists of surmounting hurdles that non-disabled people do not encounter. Whether crossing the road, accessing public transport or overcoming stereotypes; there are always additional challenges to overcome. Martyn is undertaking a Britain’s Personal Best Challenge this year raising funds for his favourite charity Scope, riding the length of Great Britain from John o’Groat’s to Land’s End in his wheelchair. Follow his progress at www.whatsyours.org and www.martynsibley.com

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Travelling With a Disability

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (10:28)

To visit an uncharted territory and experience new things, I honestly think enriches us in so many ways. Whilst some people find excuses not to venture far (whether disabled or not), others seek adrenaline and greater personal growth. Whilst we're all different and entitled to our individual preferences; here's my...

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Always Freedom Fighting

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2014 | (22:14)

Being a disabled person can be so exhausting. Even just to get out of bed we have to prove the case for necessary funding, equipment, facilities (accessible housing) and manage a team of people. All before breakfast!

By lunchtime we hear how government policy is regressing. The ILF...

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Japan: A Life Changing Visit

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (21:59)

Only three weeks ago I was still in Japan. Everyday since I have relived another amazing moment. In my previous blog I highlighted my views on accessible tourism and my personal experiences.

This article will share my life changing professional development on this amazing trip.

The reason I...

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Hiroshima Homestay: A Very Personal Experience

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (16:10)

Following my quick blog on day 3 of the trip, and the video from the Sensoji temple with Haruka; so much has happened! In my next post I'll outline the professional development I gained from the Japanese governments programme. Here I want to bring you up...

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Greetings From the Land of the Rising Sun

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2014 | (01:39)

After the grueling flight, we got to our Tokyo hotel with ourselves and the wheelchair etc intact. After checking in at 2pm Japan time (and missed a nights sleep while flying), we planned to have a short nap, go out for dinner and climatise to our new time zone. Instead,...

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The Tube and Disability

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (18:51)

The recent London tube strikes left me lost for words. I watched and felt concerned by the frenzy such an incident could cause. However, I was more concerned how a large group of people have their lives disrupted, and are segregated from the normality everyday, but without any...

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Accessing Center Parcs

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2014 | (17:42)

Around a fortnight ago I was lucky enough to be invited by Center Parcs to review their accessibility features. Having been there when I was 8 years old, I was interested how it had changed and how it would pan out as a disabled adult.

I was first struck by...

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When Times Get Rough You Must Stay Tough

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2014 | (08:22)

I've been wanting to write all week and have been chasing my tail everyday. Before I head out the door to Elveden, Center Parcs to do an access review for Disability Horizons; here's a quick check in.

I feel there's such a duality with my life right now. Being self...

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Disability and Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (09:12)

Earlier this week I read an article on disability and shopping. It explained how a survey by the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers showed that many disabled people are unable to shop on our high streets.

Now, we all like a little shopping spree, disabled or not. Whether...

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New Year: Accessible Top Tips

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (19:33)

I have a love hate relationship with New Years Eve. As a kid it was an anticlimax after Christmas when the adults seemed to have more fun. As a teenager our family and friends hired a local hall and DJ enabling an inclusive party. In my early 20's I hit...

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Social Care

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (10:54)

My disability has been with me since my birth. There's a lot of things I can't do for myself. However I have always ensured that it never defined me. After all, my identity is about far more than just some things I can't do physically. I generally like to ensure...

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Reflections on a Wheelchair Ride: Spend to Mend #Whatdisability

(0) Comments | Posted 17 October 2013 | (14:37)

After one month on the road, two weeks ago to the day I completed my Britain's Personal Best challenge. As I reflect back on my big ride many questions about disability issues have been swimming around my mind, to try and create some order, here are just some of my...

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You Can Go Anywhere With a PA, a Hoise, a Wheelchair and a Shower Chair

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (10:04)

Today is Friday. Friday the 4th October 2013 to be precise. Exactly four weeks since we left a hotel in a windswept John O' Groats in the far north of Scotland to begin our journey. It was rainy and damp that morning and our spirits were high. Today is another...

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What Disability?

(2) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (00:00)

Today, Thursday 5 September 2013, I embark on an unusual journey, which for me will also be a uniquely difficult challenge: I am going to travel the length of the UK, from John O'Groats to Land's End, in my electric wheelchair. My departure coincides with the one-year anniversary of the...

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Don't Turn Out the Spotlight on Disability in the UK Now the Paralympics Have Gone

(7) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (00:00)

Like others all across the UK I was spellbound by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it wasn't just the sport... it was the electricity in the air, it was the collective community consciousness and for me it was about the big bright light put on disability never...

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