Disabilities

Toward a Disabled-Friendly World

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 02.12.2014 | 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 20.11.2014 | 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 ...

Let's Make Britain Better For All People With a Disability

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

A year has passed since the Paralympic Games, and the good news is they've had a lasting positive impact on people's attitudes. Not only have they provided role models for disabled young people, Paralympic GB athletes have also helped break down stigma.

What Disability?

Martyn Sibley | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Sport
Martyn Sibley

Today, Thursday 5 September 2013, I embark on an unusual journey, which for me will also be a uniquely difficult challenge: I am going to travel the length of the UK, from John O'Groats to Land's End, in my electric wheelchair.

I'm Spazticus Two

Gemma Rawcliffe | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gemma Rawcliffe

During our ridiculous and silly three months on the road filming; we managed to convince people that the government had brought in guide pigs for the blind due to a shortage of dogs; that amputees in third world countries were being forced to have monkey arms sewn on; that dwarves run around punching cupcakes...

Is Solidarity an Excuse for Disabled People Not to Work?

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I say it is time to end the illusion of solidarity of disabled people and let us be the unique and wonderful individuals we are, who can all work in our own ways, rather than being chained together wallowing in the doom and gloom of self-segregation.

Sex Can Be a Complicated Business

Jane Hilton | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Hilton

Sex at the best of times can be complicated. It can also be controversial. As a photographer and filmmaker working on my projects in the legal brothels of Nevada, I have discovered people with strong negative opinions about what they do.

Post-Paralympics 2012 Film: Come As You Are

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

It was a Paralympics where spectators finally started to focus on ability rather than disability, a request many Paralympians have always made. Come As You Are, which will be released in the UK on 7 June, could not have chosen better timing.

Armless Artist 'Denied Entry To UK Because Fingerprints 'Of Poor Quality'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK

An artist and anti-nuclear campaigner who was born without arms has claimed he was refused entry to the UK because he was unable to give fingerprints....

Meet 'God's Littlest Vampire' Lazarus, The Kitten With A Cleft Palate Who Is Training To Be A Therapy Pet

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK

A kitten born with a cleft palate, leaving him with the appearance of having no nose is now in training to be a therapy pet. Malnourished and sick...