What Twitter's New Accessibility Feature Could Mean for People Living With Sight Loss

Terry Hawkins | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Terry Hawkins

Imagine being tagged in an image on Facebook but not being able to join in the conversation around it, struggling to stay connected with peers and colleagues on LinkedIn, or not being able to see beautifully visual things on Pinterest.

Accessible Travel Week: Accessible Accommodation

Martyn Sibley | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Are you unsure of the most accessible places to stay when travelling? Does the thought of staying anywhere other than your bedroom, where you have all...

Isn't it About Time We Stopped Treating Disability Issues as an Afterthought?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Stephanie Nimmo

Despite all the good words of the act and policies the reality of life is so different. Reasonable adjustments are not being made and all too often people with disabilities are being seen as a cost burden.

Accessible Murcia

Martyn Sibley | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

For a few months Kasia, her brothers crew in Peterborough and her parents in Poland were planning a 2 week holiday in the sun. With access, finances and children to consider - it proved tricky to arrange.

The Shippey Campaign - Making Live Sport Accessible to Those With Sensory Difficulties

Kate Shippey | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Sport
Kate Shippey

Think about your favourite hobby. It's lovely isn't it when the time comes to enjoy it. You have a sense of excitement, maybe relaxation that it's time to kick back and smile for a while.

'You Don't Mind If We Just Carry You Up the Steps, Do You?'

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

It's Disabled Access Day on 12 March and I thought I would share my thoughts on why disability access matters so much in the struggle for disability equality. This nationwide event encourages disabled people to visit somewhere they wouldn't normally go.

Is It Enough to Raise Awareness on the Disabled Community

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

I believe now is the time to stop whooping about awareness and take some real actions. Pride in disability identity might be a step, or innovatively defending disability rights another. We the disabled community would love to see everyone with the spirit and audacity to accost and confront the weary awareness trope and begin taking substantive steps.

Accessibility - What Is It and Is It Worth the Bother?

Jim Cowan | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Jim Cowan

A recent spate of poorly put together marketing emails and post has left me wondering whether business, political parties and others in the UK underst...

How Moving to London Inspired Me to Start My Own Business

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Damiano La Rocca

As many in my generation will have experienced, I left high school full of self-doubt and confusion about my future. I certainly didn't have a plan about what to do with my life and the idea of running my own business seemed completely alien to me. The only thing I was sure about is that I wanted to improve my English. So at a young age I took the plunge and moved from my hometown in Italy to the capital of the UK, full of nerves and anticipation for my future.

Accessible Skiing in Catalonia

Martyn Sibley | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

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 what we got up to.

Accessible Tenerife

Martyn Sibley | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

My first trip was with my family when i was aged 8 years. We returned many times during my teens. Plus I've been lucky enough to visit for work in recent years too. The reasons for my love of Tenerife are far reaching.

Accessible Cambridge with the European Network of Accessible Tourism

Martyn Sibley | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

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 my home town of Cambridge.

Kickstarting My First Book

Martyn Sibley | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

From Mexico to Lithuania to Japan, my book will chart the ups and downs of my globetrotting to date, and show how I developed from a child who thought travelling without the support of his family would be impossible, to a 21 year old who set off for Australia without them.

Learning and Doing

Martyn Sibley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

In recent times I've banged on a lot about my foundations. Thankfully, for now, my health/care/equipment/housing/finances/relationships are in a good place. Of course I'm always protecting, fighting and securing these. But overall I'm in a place where I can enjoy them, and concentrate on new and exciting things.

Going To A Music Festival: An Impossible Dream If You're Deaf or Disabled?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie Nimmo

If anything festivals are starting to lead the way in demonstrating how deaf and disabled people can fully enjoy the whole experience alongside their family and friends. In my own experience many of the big festivals are going beyond the simple legal access requirements and doing more than paying lip service to accessibility.

Bridging the STEM Gap: Reducing Bias and Increasing Efficiency

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sophie Dundovic

It is striking that despite the significant variance in mathematical ability between within gender, generalised binary rules are often applied when discussing these issues. This phenomenon is not exclusive to gender and skills, but seen consistently in situations where there are different groups, leading to stereotype formation.

Why Parking in a Disabled Spot Without a Badge Is Never Okay

Penelope Friday | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

Disabled parking spaces are a hot button trigger for a lot of people. Disabled people getting really frustrated, and able-bodied people finding it difficult to understand why blue badge ('disabled permit/placard') holders are getting quite so irate about a minor parking infringement.

Europe Without Barriers: Final Thoughts

Martyn Sibley | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I'm currently writing my final thoughts from Poland. We're at Kasia's parents before returning to the UK. It's proving difficult to digest what we just did, what it meant for us, and the project. Here's my attempt nonetheless.

15 Years of Attitude is Everything

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Suzanne Bull MBE

Clearly, promoters and venue owners who embrace accessibility are attracting a whole new audience, eager to join their friends and share their passion. In fact, these days, I hardly recognise anybody on the viewing platforms - which is perhaps the ultimate sign of progress.

Every Time I Go Shopping, I Am Patronised Because I'm a Wheelchair User

Julie Fernandez | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Julie Fernandez

The challenge of being a disabled consumer is not always just a physical one - it is also about the attitudes you face from shop staff. Without fail, every single time I go shopping, I am patronised because I use a wheelchair.


Martyn Sibley | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I've had my fair share of travel challenges including a damaged wheelchair, broken hoists and chargers; and once turning up to a holiday villa that supposedly was step free but actually had a giant step at the entrance!

Businesses Ignoring Disabled Customers' Needs Is a Big... BIG... Huge Mistake

Sophie Morgan | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Sophie Morgan

Like many disabled people, I just want access to the same places and products as everyone else, and I hope disabled people feel as encouraged as I do that this report may be the best way in which we can start to access them. So if you are reading this as a disabled person, the next time you feel discriminated against, my advice is to do a Julia Roberts...

Inaccessible Buildings Is Not Necessarily Discrimination

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Rebuilding inaccessible infrastructure that has existed for hundreds of years in some cases takes time and money. I believe the moral argument has been won, and it is now about letting the slow wheels of progress turn.

The Political Party Leaders Are Listening to the Voice of Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Hear my voice is about making sure people with a learning disability's voices are being heard by politicians in the run up to the General Election on 7 May this year. We want to make sure people are not excluded and have the opportunity to have their say about the issues that impact them.

I'm Disabled... Not Psychic!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It is a daily experience that anyone who is disabled will know all too well. I have been a wheelchair user for 35 years, and while there is now a law stating that businesses should make every "reasonable adjustment" to ensure that they are accessible the real experience is that many places are still closed to disabled people.