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Speechless: A New Play That Gives Disabled People a Fresh Voice

Kate Caryer | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kate Caryer

I am a rude, pink-haired theatre lover, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and no speech. I use a communication aid to speak (think a punk Stephen Hawking), but the words that come out of my computer will quickly shatter any stereotypes you might have about disabled people...

Launching Accessible Travel Week

Martyn Sibley | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I have always had a passion for travel and for helping others. It's very rare in life that two things we enjoy can go together. Ever since I left my London job and travelled more; this dream has been steadily becoming a reality.

Struggling to Catch a Tube Today? Wait Until Even Taxis Ignore You

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Rosemary Frazer

I live in a part of London not well-served by accessible public transport. My commute would take over two hours each way and involve three buses, as no local tube stations are accessible. Trying to get on a bus as a wheelchair user in rush hour - especially when so many have unreliable ramps - is often an impossible task.

Accessible Murcia

Martyn Sibley | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

For a few months Kasia, her brothers crew in Peterborough and her parents in Poland were planning a 2 week holiday in the sun. With access, finances and children to consider - it proved tricky to arrange.

Disabled Man Gets To Live His Dream And Travel The World As A 'Backpack'

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

A man with spinal muscular atrophy is refusing to let his disability stop him from travelling the world, even if it means becoming a "human backpack"....

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.

This Budget Will Make Disabled People's Lives Harder

Mark Atkinson | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

Today, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will be making changes to the disability benefits. These are going to make many disabled people's lives harder. It is a very worrying and uncertain time for disabled people, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet.

We Need to Reduce Barriers Not Benefits

Richard Kramer | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We know that it costs more to live in our society if you're disabled but all too often the most vulnerable people are the ones hit hardest by the Government's spending cuts.

Partially Blind Amputee Told He's Not Disabled Enough To Receive Benefits

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

A partially-sighted amputee has revealed his shock after being told he is not considered to be "disabled enough" to receive benefits. Richard Hart, f...

Saying 'You Can Not Harm the Disabled' Is Harmful

Simon Stevens | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

People with additional or changing needs need respect, support and understanding as equal citizens capable of social mobility, not protected as the runt of modern society, tolerated because of political correctness and paternalism until a solution can be found.

Is It Enough to Raise Awareness on the Disabled Community

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

I believe now is the time to stop whooping about awareness and take some real actions. Pride in disability identity might be a step, or innovatively defending disability rights another. We the disabled community would love to see everyone with the spirit and audacity to accost and confront the weary awareness trope and begin taking substantive steps.

Disabled Access Day 2016 - A Day To Say 'Yes We Can'

Mik Scarlet | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Last year saw the first event in an annual day to mark a special day for disabled people through out the UK. Disabled Access Day was not set up to shout about what is wrong with our society but instead to highlight what is possible and to get disabled people out and about.

How to Get Disabled People to Take the Government's Leap Into the Unknown After ESA Cuts

Vicky McDermott | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

In the next few hours the debate over the future of Employment and Support Allowance will be decided. The impact on many disabled people could be significant. The government's defeat in the House of Lords on Monday offered disabled people at risk of losing as much as £30 a week in benefit support, a temporary reprieve.

My Son's Smile Belies a Troubled Heart

Carole Villiers | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Carole Villiers

Every day I see my son create bonds with people on the street, I see people's faces light up, just by his smile. Although his smile belies a troubled heart. It's so easy to believe that everything's okay.

"What Is Wrong With You?"

Jodie Louise Connor | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jodie Louise Connor

Naïve of me I know, but I always thought that it has to be the minority of people behaving like this. Surely society as a whole couldn't fail to accept these wonderful people, could it?

Israeli Officer Pushes Disabled Palestinian Activist Out Of Wheelchair

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK

Disturbing video footage has emerged appearing to show an Israeli police officer pushing over a wheelchair bound Palestinian man with disabilities. ...

"We have to put our children on the floor covered in urine": Sussex mums campaign for proper disabled toilets

Liam Evans | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Liam Evans

Parents of disabled children are campaigning for action as they are forced to change their child's nappies on the floors in public bathrooms. They want better facilities across Brighton and Hove.

Everything Is Awesome in Lego Land... Now it's Barbie's Turn to Recognise Disabled Young People

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

When I was a child, I hated being given dolls for my birthday or Christmas. Most of them were glamorous, blonde and pretty and that certainly wasn't me! Like many other young girls, I would enthusiastically mutilate my Barbie dolls.

Could You Hold It In on a Match Day

Martin Emery | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

Hopefully the #holditin Campaign will gather pace, and make the decision makers at football clubs realise that with the introduction of Changing Places, more fans can access the Matchday Experiance, which provides a great Business model for a stable future.

How to Make 2016 a Year of Social Change for Disabled People

Vicky McDermott | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

As we move into 2016 the charity sector requires renewed leadership that harnesses the innovative ideas that exist across the different causes that we champion. For me, I will be working closely with other disability and social care charities to ensure that 2016 is the year in which innovation helps to end institutionalisation for disabled people.

Disabled Sports Fans "Bum" TV Deals

Martin Emery | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

On the 14th September the 20 Premier League Football clubs got together and made a pledge that by 2016, All 20 clubs would be compliant with the Acces...

That Old Access Chestnut Again!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

For anyone who has an impairment that impacts on their ability get around easily, the concept of access is so much more than just getting into a place. Sure a world with as many ramps as steps would be a dream, but we also need what I would consider obvious, provision like toilets we can easily get into and use without endangering our safety.

Accessible Skiing in Catalonia

Martyn Sibley | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

It's not so surprising to hear that Kasia and I visited Barcelona again last week. We do love a little trip there! What is less known, however, are the reasons why we went this time and what we got up to.

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 Department of Ability: Calling For Disabled Characters in Children's Comic Books and TV

Emily Davison | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

The children's entertainment enterprise is a thriving industry with studies showing that 70% of children (between the ages of 0-8) spend their time watching nearly 2 hours of TV a day. The comic book industry is a multi billion-dollar enterprise with many popular annual events like Comic Con being dedicated to comic book fans and enthusiast alike.