Disabled

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.

Superhuman and the Rest of Us: The Paralympics, Disability and Problems With the Media

Natasha Lipman | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Sport
Natasha Lipman

As much as I am so happy to see disabled people portrayed in such a positive and innovative light (aka just like everyone else, doing the things that anyone would do...shock horror...) my heart also sunk.

Why the F**k Should I Have to 'Perform' My Disability to Be Believed? And Other Thoughts

Natasha Lipman | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

Because sometimes a sweary list is what's needed when living with a chronic illness gets too much... Why the fuck should I have to "perform" my disability for someone to believe me?

Robotic Trolley Could Help Elderly And Disabled People At The Supermarket

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Tech

A Scottish schoolboy is the brains behind a robotic shopping trolley, which could help thousands of elderly and disabled customers with their weekly s...

The Qur'an: A Handbook for the Disabled Community

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

In recent years, Qur'an, the holy book for Muslims, has come under increased scrutiny due to the widespread of Islamophobia and the growing threat of terrorism by certain extremist groups. It is considered by many as a book of hatred, anti-feminism, or even a 'manual' for terrorists. Some even went as far as planning to burn the book that is regarded as containing 'the words of God' by at least one billion people worldwide.

So Facebook Where Is My Emoji?

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rosemary Frazer

Emoji have exploded in popularity in recent years, with their widespread use spanning across different generations and offer anything from creme caramel to camels to help you sum up how you are feeling - they even have two types of camel in their mood tracking library.

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.

One Person Can Make a Difference - And Everyone Should Try

Laura Rutherford | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Ever get those moments when you look at your kids and think you just love them soooo much? You'd do anything for them. You want the very best for them. And nothing less. This doesn't change if you have a child with disabilities. The only difference is you usually have to fight for everything that makes your baby's life easier.

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. ...