#Accessibility

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.

Accomable

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.

Cardiff - A Refection of What Could Be

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's not just the big chains and shopping centre that is easy. Through out the city centre there are arcades of boutique style shops and restaurants, and pretty much all of these are equally accessible. Most of these are historic in nature and yet there has been great effort taken to ensure as many of them are as accessible as possible.

Accessible Festivals: Reading 2014

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Martyn Sibley

This year wasn't my first music festival or my first time at Reading. However it was the first time I could really share the full festival experience and highlight how amazing these events are for everyone. I hope you enjoy the video report we made for you...

The Economic Impact of Improving Live Music Accessibility

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Suzanne Bull MBE

Attitude is Everything, the charity of which I am CEO, campaigns for improved access to live music for Deaf and disabled people and so we have an interest in both these debates.

Minimal Cost for Maximum Benefit: Why Toilets Need to Be Usable by All

Jane Wilbur | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Giving someone a way to keep themselves clean and easy access to drinking water and a basic toilet opens the door to better health, the ability to better participate in a community and the basic dignity that every human being is entitled to.

Landmark Result for Disabled Ticketing Policy

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Suzanne Bull MBE

Last month a hugely significant legal precedent was set for Deaf and disabled music lovers when a man from Wetherby won a landmark case with the York Barbican over 'discriminatory' ticketing policies.

The Tube and Disability

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Martyn Sibley

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 public attention.

Planning a Venice Trip, in an Electric Wheelchair

Tori Elliott | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tori Elliott

Obviously, being surrounded by water and accessible via boat and water taxis, Venice never struck me as being particularly wheelchair accessible and so David and I would never have planned a quick 'city break' to fly there for just two days.

Development, Disability and Loos: Why We Need Inclusion Everywhere

Jane Wilbur | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Imagine you need to use the loo. Really, right now, you desperately need a loo. Now imagine you're in Uganda, one of the poorest countries on the planet. Now imagine you're in Uganda and you don't have the use of your legs. You don't have a proper wheelchair to get around with either - you use a hand-pedal bike, creaky and rusty.

Ultrabike Let Me Ride Solo for the First Time in 15 Years

Kevin Satizabal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Kevin Satizabal

When I first heard about the Ultrabike I couldn't quite believe it. It seemed like something out of legend, a dream turning reality. A bike with ultrasonic sensors that could guide blind and partially sighted cyclists? I had to find out more.

Dr Phillip Lee MP's Vision of a Cutting-Edge NHS

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

The Mid Staffs crisis is testament to the appalling problems which besiege the NHS organization or shall we say NHS disorganization and I believe are down to the fact that the whole thing is a haphazard configuration of dilapidated sites - the operations of which can never be properly mapped nor measured and thus efficiently managed.

The Long and Winding Road: Disabled Access to Live Music

Rob Maddison | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rob Maddison

Where are they all? Of course everyone's heard of Ian Dury but there are actually loads of amazing disabled musicians out there that one simply never hears about. Following last year's Paralympics, disability awareness in general society is at an all time high, but how does the music industry fare?

Universal Accessibility: A New Conversation About Web Accessibility

Dominic Tarn | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dominic Tarn

Hundreds of millions of people can't access all the benefits of the internet. Dyslexia, visual impairments and literacy issues impact around 15-20% of people. The result is that the internet is a challenging environment to navigate.