#Accessibility

With Sign Language, I Can...

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

We recently launched a campaign for British Sign Language to be taught in every school in the UK - and as we celebrate the International Week of the D...

Why I'm Angry About Jeremy Hunt's New Bathroom And Why You Should Be Too

Lorna Fillingham | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Lorna Fillingham

So Jeremy Hunt, you may have got your bathroom and toilet, now you need to give us ours too. It's time that Changing Places toilets were compulsory in ALL NHS hospitals

Dom Hyams - Visualising Dreams That Come True

Martyn Sibley | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I'm not suggesting this was due to anything far out. Who knows. It could have been. But for me I think these vivid visualisations came true for a simple reason. Subconsciously I started looking for the little actions and opportunities. I began looking for ways to make my dreams come true.

Tory Cuts Are Forcing Disabled People Like Me To Wait 200 Years For Access To Transport

Paula Peters | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Politics
Paula Peters

Analysis today shows that at as a result of Tory cuts, disabled people will have to wait 201 years for train stations across the country to be made accessible. Although the government said they were "committed to ensuring that disabled people have equal access to transport services and opportunities to travel", they have cut 42% of the funding for the Access for All scheme to make stations accessible. As a disabled person who relies on public transport, my life has been put on hold by these cuts.

We Are Sailing

Martyn Sibley | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

everybody banner There's lots of options for disabled children. I found a couple of sports clubs for disabled adults, but I'm looking for something more inclusive and outdoors. I really wanted to go swimming, but struggle with the temperatures in public pools. I did find a hydrotherapy pool, but it's far away and at awkward times.

Accessing Mental Health For The Woman In Crisis

Lucy Fisk | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lucy Fisk

Mental health, two words that you will have heard numerous times over the last week. It's been all over the news. The Royal Family are getting involved and talking about their experiences as well as supporting mental health charities. Statistics are everywhere, we are being told that one in four women living in the UK are currently suffering with a mental health issue.

'I Went To My Local Alcohol Team But They Told Me they Don't Work With Deaf People'

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Most important of all we need to listen to what the disabled and Deaf are telling us themselves. Real improvements can only come from listening to and respecting those living with disability and living with mental health problems - those who have experienced the service and know what has worked well and what hasn't.

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...

Assistance Dogs And Access Refusals - Why Isn't The Law Being Enforced?

Lucy Watts MBE | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Watts MBE

Over 7,000 people in the UK rely on an Assistance Dog. Assistance Dogs are dogs trained to assist a disabled person, learning at least three tasks tha...

Accessible Adventures In Mallorca

Martyn Sibley | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

There's very few emails I dislike receiving. I love my job! However there's also only a few emails that I get extremely excited about. One of those such occasions was being invited to visit Mallorca at the end of last year.

Manchester United To Cut Stadia Capacity To Increase Long Awaited Disabled Seating

Martin Emery | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

Manchester United are set to reduce the capacity of Old Trafford by 2,400 to allow works to be completed to meet minimum standards for disabled fans.

Say No To Inaccessible Britain

Penny Mordaunt | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Penny Mordaunt

When people pick up the bill at a restaurant I want them to clock the disabled access and loo, then tell everyone about it. I am optimistic that many, when choosing where to buy their lunch, will settle on the sandwich chain which a map, or possibly an app, says has committed to providing disabled access in all its outlets. By enabling consumers to make these choices we will speed up the pace of change.

Premier League Clubs Caught Offside By Commons Report Into Disability Access

Martin Emery | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

Many disabled groups, fans and the EHRC themselves are fast running out of patience, and Lord Holmes, the disabilities commissioner at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, has threatened the Premier League and its clubs with legal action under anti-discrimination legislation if they don't comply with minimum standards, and the Culture media and sports committee says it would support this action.

Watford Football Club Back Down On Disabled Fan Access Pledge

Martin Emery | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

Watford Football Club one of the country's top football clubs, has admitted that it will not meet a promise made by the Premier League that all of its stadiums will meet access standards by August 2017.

Crazy Adventures, More World Changing Projects, And A Generally Great 2016

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

It's also been nice to raise the temperature by looking back at this year's travels, projects and favourite memories. Having noted my top ten memories, I've simply expanded them into this fun little post:

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 01.10.2017 | 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 02.08.2017 | 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 29.07.2017 | 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 26.07.2017 | 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 22.07.2017 | 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 09.08.2017 | 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 28.06.2017 | 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...