#Accessibility

Launching Disability Academy And Accessible Traveller

Martyn Sibley | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

In the rest of society there are industries built on helping people with their lifes goals, growth and progress. Because disabled people need funding for care, equipment and adaptions; the biggest need and services in this industry is around our basic needs.

The Tourism Industry Is Finally Recognising The Importance Of Accessible Travel, But What Does It Actually Mean?

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Damiano La Rocca

As someone who has built his career around providing accessible travel experiences I'm glad to see the industry recognising accessible travel and I have no doubt it will become a more prominent in the coming years. However, I have spotted a potential issue as these articles don't really explain what accessible travel or tourism really is.

Why Are Our Trains Not Suitable For Superhumans?

Laura Moore | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Laura Moore

I saw a post on Twitter today that really angered me.  One of our Gold medal winning Paralympians, Sophie Christiansen OBE, had been stranded on a train because Great Western had not ensured there was a ramp for her when she arrived at Paddington Station.

Equal Access to Healthcare

Richard Kramer | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Richard Kramer

Today, Sense publishes a new report highlighting the health inequalities and barriers facing deafblind people accessing healthcare. It comes ahead of the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard on July 31st, and stresses the urgent need for all health and social care providers to deliver a more accessible service for patients with sensory loss.

We Need To Expand The Emoji Selection To Accurately Represent People with Disabilities

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech
Damiano La Rocca

So if we accept that emojis are now part of our everyday language and are here to stay, then the need for more diverse emojis is the natural progression of a language that is continuously evolving.

The Key to Accessibility

Kevan Chandler | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Chandler

This summer, I visited Europe with six friends. I'm typically reliant upon a wheelchair, but this trip was different. The places I wanted to see, the things I wanted to do, weren't necessarily going to be handicap accessible.

It's Not the Disability That's the Problem... It's the Accessibility

Laura Moore | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
Laura Moore

You wouldn't tell someone they cant get up the stairs as you have no lift but direct them to another store that does have one! But this is what our high street household names are effectively doing by expecting someone else to provide a facility they could easily provide for customers that are asking for better facilities. It's time to stop passing the buck and take responsibility.

Why We Need Supermarkets to Sell Bigger Nappies

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When you have a baby one of the many things you don't expect to use indefinitely is nappies. You look in to the not so distance future and envisage *the joys of* potty training and eventually a nappy-free life.

Bask For All: Part Two

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Welcome back to my musings on the beautiful area of the Basque country in northern Spain. The long wait is finally over to hear all about "the most ac...

The Changing Tides of Accessibility in Gaming

Ian Hamilton | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Hamilton

I've been working in the field of accessibility for disabled gamers for a while, and even now in the wider accessibility community you still from time to time hear the question "why accessibility in gaming? Why expend effort on that when there are so many other pressing issues facing people with disabilities?"

Can an App Open Up the World to Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Rachel Oliver | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Oliver

That's how a child at the Rowan School in Sheffield, whose pupils all have a diagnosis of autism, described our circus show. The pupils attended, as do all of our audiences, free of charge and with their entire family so that they can enjoy the show as a family group.

Captionism: Tearing Down Barricades for the Hearing Impaired

Mehdi Siami | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Mehdi Siami

At Captionism we have tried to address a problem that goes far beyond that. Friess is not alone, there are 360m people in the world that are classified as having disabling hearing loss. In an age marked by the speed and reach that knowledge is spread within the economy and society, for some digital exclusion is a modern-day reality.

Bask For All: Part One

Martyn Sibley | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Following a few months of planning, the guys invited Kasia and I, Kathanna from Disabled Access Holidays, and Annie from Enable Holidays for a 3 day visit. Bask For All also collaborated with Julian from Barcelona Zero Limits. And what a great itinerary it was too!

Changing the Game for Players With Down's Syndrome

Cara Jessop | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cara Jessop

Our inspiration for making these games is of course our brother Tommy. He was always a pretty good learner, with a fantastic mind for curious facts and ludicrous jokes, but maths was one of the last things to click and we noticed how this impacted on his independence right up to his late twenties.

Seventy Percent of Websites Are Breaking the Law on Accessibility - Here's How and Why That Needs to Change

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Damiano La Rocca

It's difficult to imagine living in the modern world without the internet, but that's a reality a lot of visually impaired and disabled people have to live with. Not because they don't have internet access, but because the internet isn't accessible to them.

The Football Association of Wales Destroy Disabled Fans Trip to the Welsh Cup Final

Martin Emery | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

The Football Association of Wales JD Welsh Cup took centre stage this bank holiday Monday, at what many class as the home of welsh football, The Glynd...

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

Terry Hawkins | Posted 04.05.2016 | 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.