Huge Blunder As Disability Summit Exposed As 'Not Wheelchair Accessible'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK

Organisers of Australia's National Disability Summit in Melbourne have come under fire - because the event wasn't wheelchair accessible. Only seven...

We All Need Friends

Richard Kramer | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Richard Kramer

Our friendships are among the most valuable relationships we have. This is the same for people young and old. We are all social beings and require one another. However, many people with disabilities are facing major challenges in making and sustaining friendships.

#GiveBenAJob: I Had No Idea the Country, Never Mind the World, Would Engage With My Appeal

Fiona Hodge | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hodge

Call me cynical, but I've come to the conclusion that large chains provide work experience to people with learning disabilities solely to give the public impression that they're inclusive and supportive, but have no intention of ever employing and paying them.

Why 2015's World Down's Syndrome Day Is So Important

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite the fact that around 775 babies are born with Down's Syndrome in the UK each year, many people still struggle to understand the condition. ...

Ssssshhhhhh! It's a Secret: Why Students Are So Reluctant to Be Open About Their Disability With Employers

Helen Cooke | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Cooke

When I was applying for graduate jobs I clearly remember filling in one of the application forms that asked me: do you consider yourself to have a disability? There was a box to tick if you did. I had no idea why they wanted to know and my immediate assumption was that if I ticked the box, they wouldn't want me.

'Inspirational': Overused and Incredibly Patronising

Helen Cooke | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Cooke

I argue against the use of this word simply because it has been over used, particularly where disabled people are concerned. It is deployed whenever someone with a disability achieves something that is perceived to have been a challenge, whether it was or not.

Why This Man From Bournemouth Just Made Fashion Week History...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For the second time during New York Fashion Week 2015, history has been made. A model from Bournemouth has become the first male model and amputee...

A Dad Wrote A Rap For His Disabled Son And It's Effect Is Magical

editorial.huffingtonpost.com | Chris York | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A dad has written a touching rap for his disabled son and judging from the reaction it provokes it's going down a storm. Eight-year-old Jared Corre...

Toward a Disabled-Friendly World

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

In short, being an individual with disabilities in a world that is not disabled-friendly means living a very limited life. It is clear that there are many have to be done in order to create a disabled-friendly world. A world without obstacles. A world where being disabled do not automatically equate with being disadvantaged.

People With Learning Disabilities Know What's Wrong and What Matters

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Dr Simon Duffy

People with learning disabilities are an important group, who don't often get heard. If anyone does speak for them it's usually well-intentioned professionals or family members. This tends to encourage the false belief that people with learning disabilities are a rather strange and unfortunate group, who need pity and charity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Blind Woman Hounded Out Of Tesco By 'Shouting' Staff

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

A blind woman shopping at Tesco was ordered to leave by three "shouting" staff adamant she could not bring her guide dog into the store. Was just t...

Hidden in Plain Sight Two

Clive Norman | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

I know this article is going to sound emotive, and I make no apologies for that as when I believe in something, it tends to be all or nothing.

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.

The Remarkable Story Of The Man With An Upside-Down Head

Barcroft/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

A man born with physical disabilities so severe his head is upside-down, has defied medical odds to become an inspirational public speaker. Claudio...

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

'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.

Inspirational Cambridge Student Battles Muscle Wasting Illness To Graduate With First

The Huffington Post UK | Imogen Groome | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student with an incurable muscle-wasting condition, which leaves him unable to get dressed or eat without help, has received a first class degree fr...

Iain Duncan Smith: Using Disabled People as Guinea Pigs Since June 2013

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

PIP has been available to new claimants since June 2013. Most of those who are currently on DLA will not go through the reassessment process until October 2015. However those whose award runs out before that date or whose circumstances change will still be called in, potentially piling delay upon delay.

New Year: Accessible Top Tips

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Unfortunately I can't say it will all go plain sailing. I've been stuck queuing outside nightclubs freezing, turned away from pubs due to no access, left stranded without transport and had PAs too drunk to hoist me to bed.

Miley Cyrus and the Several Disabled People

Nazim Andani | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nazim Andani

Cyrus has achieved her aim of shedding the clean-cut persona she developed during her time at that non-exploitative, pro-Semite, altruistic, not-for-profit charity known as Disney. In the process, she has infected a countless number of young, innocent girls with premature sexualisation.

The Care Bill: Getting Social Care Right for the Future

Sue Brown | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Brown

The Care Bill is good news for deafblind people and will hopefully lead to a better provision of social care. I believe that this new piece of legislation will be an important step forward for disabled people but we need to ensure that local authorities have the money to back it up and provide the amount of social care that people with disabilities so desperately need to not just get by, but to live full and active lives.

Let's Close Down the DWP

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In the UK today disabled people are astonished by the absurdity of a whole new system that has emerged out of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) ...

A Story From Vietnam That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

Matt Crook | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Crook

Mai never received formal education. Now she's a qualified graphic designer with a job. But that's only half the story.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

Severely Disabled Man Told He Must Prove He Is Unfit For Work

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK

A disabled man who can't walk, talk or feed himself has had his benefits stopped and has been told he must prove he is unable to work before they can ...