#Disabilities

Autism: Can't We Just Be Reasonable?

Oli Monks | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?

Paralympian Who Plays Table Tennis Without Arms Hailed ‘Legend’ By Team GB Athlete

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK

He may not have actually won a match yet at Rio but a Paralympian who plays table tennis without arms has been hailed as a “legend” for his sheer ...

TFL Trials New Badges For Passengers With Disabilities And Invisible Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

TFL is recruiting volunteers to trial new badges for passengers with disabilities and invisible conditions to wear on the Underground. Currently Trans...

The 'Special Needs Price Tag'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you hate the special needs price tag as much as I do, please shout about it. Please make businesses aware that this is unacceptable. Please be part of making the change that we all need. Be bold. And be loud! Use people power. Use social media. Shout from the rooftops of Twitter and Facebook.

We Need To Expand The Emoji Selection To Accurately Represent People with Disabilities

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 29.07.2016 | 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.

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Laura Rutherford | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.

Simple Things That Help SEND Parents

Laura Rutherford | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

There are many things I could list that make life for me that little bit easier as a SEND parent - from Firefly shopping trolley seats and adequate Ch...

Why We Need Supermarkets to Sell Bigger Nappies

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.06.2016 | 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.

Just Keep Swimming

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

What happens when he's a man and doesn't pass as "cute" anymore? He is still our beautiful baby regardless, but the world can be a cruel place. I just want to protect him from it forever.

Virtual Reality Can Make Independence For Disabled People a Reality

Kim Lawther | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

Opinions may still be divided on VR but undoubtedly this is a market that is predicted to grow as fast as smart phones and the more companies and developers that get involved, the more accessible and cheaper VR will become.

'Appalling' Undercover Film Shows Disability Benefits Assessor Calling Woman 'Too F**king Fat'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An undercover investigation has revealed "appalling" conduct at the company that assesses disabled benefits claimants, including an assessor saying a ...

Don't Leave It to Paralympians - We All Need to Do Our Bit

Debbie Lye | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

How Technology Is Transforming Disabled People's Lives

Kim Lawther | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

For years, disabled people had to rely on somebody else doing things for them. But now with the help of assistive technology, disabled people can do things that would have never been possible before - from switching on a light to having a voice to express themselves.

Mum Of Girl With Autism Writes Open Letter To Strangers Who Called Her 'Irresponsible'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mum of a three-year-old girl who has autism, pica and hypermobility syndrome has written a moving open letter to strangers who called her an "irresp...

Powerful Video Shows Just How Hard It Is For Deaf People To Lip Read

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and many have to rely on lip reading to communicate with others. But that is far...

Children With Disabilities Are Missing Out On Vital Play Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents

Children with disabilities are missing out on play activities that are vital to their development, according to report released by Lord Blunkett. T...

Getting the Disabled Into Work Is the Key to Achieving Full Employment

Teresa Scott | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Teresa Scott

The Conservative Party manifesto at the last election set out the "bold aim" of full employment. In what looks to be promising news for the Government...

Mum Asks Why Son With Down's Syndrome Can't Model For Big Brands

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has written an emotional Facebook post questioning why her son with Down's syndrome can't model for mainstream brands. Anita Killick, 43, fr...

How This Boy Inspired A Marks & Spencer's Clothing Range

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents

A three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy inspired Marks & Spencer to create a new clothing range catering for children with disabilities. Caleb Ku...

I'm a Strong and Independent Woman - Even When I Need Help

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Barham-Brown

My body is a balancing act, in a number of ways. I want to be independent, but I need to accept help when I can't be. I want to stay upright, but can allow myself to sit down when I'm at risk of hurting myself. I want to keep mobile, but can use Ruby the Chair for this sometimes. And I'll probably keep throwing myself on the floor randomly. You'd all get bored otherwise.

Government Has Listened to Papworth Trust Over Work Choice - Now They Must Go Further to Halve the Disability Employment Gap

Vicky McDermott | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

Buried beneath the commotion of the tax credit u-turn and Chairman Mao's little red book that accompanied last months' comprehensive spending review, ...

The Media - And What It Is Like to Be Someone With a Learning Disability in It

Sarah Gordy | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Gordy

In the beginning of my career the stage managers and assistant directors were horrified when they saw me. How were they going to keep to a tight schedule with a central character played by someone with Downs Syndrome? But now - they want to work with me again.

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Matt Streuli

Whenever filling out job applications, you are asked "Do you consider yourself to have a disability?". I've always said no. It turns out I did not of realised what a disability is. Perhaps it is a stigma or just the more obvious public image but when I say disability, my mind immediately goes to the logo on the disabled parking bays or people with special educational needs...

Toddler Who Lost Limbs To Meningitis Is Learning To Stand With Prosthetic Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

A toddler who lost her limbs to meningitis is learning to stand after receiving prosthetic legs, her first pair of Clarks shoes and a standing frame t...