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The 'Patronising' Gene

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

One of the biggest things disabled people have to endure is patronising people. Whether it's a pat on the head or their assumptions we are stupid and/or harmless, disabled people are often the most susceptible targets for the patronising.

The Wimbledon Attitude

Lucy Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

In tennis, if players turned sour after losing a match, they only lose their sportsmanship and credit. They let only themselves down. This is the same whether they lose, or they win. Nothing is to be gained from boasting in a win, or blaming others for a loss. The same goes for life.

Increased Expectations of Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

My biggest complaint about being disabled is not that people are hostile to me, but that they are too kind to me with patronising pity, and believe me people can be harmed by kindness as much as hostility.

Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!

Adrien Maseri | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrien Maseri

Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students' reaction to the statement, "Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!".

'Got My Ticket, How do I Get In?' One Simple Step That Can Improve Access to Music Venues

Rob Maddison | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Maddison

In this era of Wikipedia and NSA spying it is increasingly easy to find any information you need via Internet searches and social media, and yet it is still very difficult for disabled people to find out the information they need about venues where they want to see live music performed.

How Are You?

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When people ask me "How are you?" I have to think twice, not because I don't know, but often am not sure what they want to hear. Some ask out of common courtesy, simply being polite, but would rather I answer "I'm fine thank you" than hear a long account; perish the thought of hearing the truth and understanding the full picture of living with chronic disease.

I'm Okay, You're Okay - But Are We Really?

Joanna Montgomery | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Montgomery

The feeling of needing to show the world we can cope with anything is one that most of us are probably familiar with. The concept of even admitting to a struggle is something most of us actively avoid; we'd rather fight on with a forced smile fixed upon our faces.

I Believe You Can

Simon Stevens | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I have never suggested that anyone should be working and I perfectly accept that there is many people, disabled or not, who are not ready to work for a whole range of reasons. I have never cared how many disabled people actually work, but simply the fact society, professionals and disabled people themselves believed they can work.

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...

Order! Order!

Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

Sally Bercow, wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow, may be famous for her innocent face, but her hand gestures were far from innocent as she enjoyed a ...

I Am Disabled and I Am Not a Socialist

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe the disability agenda as been hijacked by the wider socialist movement. By socialism, I am referring to people whose politics is Left of Labour and purport to believe in social justice.

Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

Jayne Morris | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

By replacing old negative thought patterns with new positive ones you create new neurological pathways and can literally rewire your brain. It is as simple as noticing your thoughts, identifying whether they are supportive and then choosing to change anything that might be holding you back.

Three 'A's for a Successful Career

Hugh Salmon | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Salmon

Good luck to students who receive their A Level results today. If you have achieved your aims, good on you. If not, please do not despair. The longer you live, the less important they will be. Take it from me, the exam results you achieve at school are no criteria for a successful career.

Life's Not Fair... What Are You Going to Do About It?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

It has become regular media fodder to bemoan the current employment market for young people. We rattle off the statistics with such frequency that we forget that behind each number is a fresh and eager young person seeing their future and their potential, drift further out of their grasp.

University Is Far From Accessible for All

Danielle Lowe | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

We are supposed to be proud of our universities, our student living providers and the support that people are given and yet when we need support and care they turn their backs, close their eyes and just put their hand out to collect money.

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?

Why Everyone Should Get Out of London... Occasionally

Andy Shepherd | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Shepherd

This morning I arrived back to London after a month away. I had been traveling for 48 hours straight. I was a little tired to say the least. I turned on my phone; it was like welcoming an old friend (an old friend that had been relegated to an occasional acquaintance for the last 4 weeks due to international roaming charges). A call came through almost immediately.

The Happiest Person in the UK

Beth Burgess | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

The happiest person in the UK is a married Indian lady, who own her own home on a remote Scottish island. But if you're not her, there really is no need to worry.

'That Guy Is Obsessed'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

Harry Judd may have to turn on some special tricks to walk off with this year's title of Strictly Come Dancing champion during the show finale at the ...