Disabled

The 'Real' Cost Of Being Disabled

Lynley Gregory | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

In many ways, the meaning of the word 'cost' to me is the 'cost' of losing my independence, my ability to walk, my hard-earned career and the 'cost' to my partner and family of my intense, chronic pain needing continuous care. But there is also a financial cost to being disabled that I never even thought about before, but that very quickly became apparent.

Disability Sport Can Help Combat Negative Attitudes

Sascha Kindred | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Sport
Sascha Kindred

everybody banner When I was a child my mum met doctors who said that I would never be able to walk and I was verbally bullied at school because I was different from other kids. There were even swimming coaches who wouldn't train me because I was disabled - which seems so ironic now I've made a career from my sport.

Are Physically Disabled Children Invisible?

Laura Moore | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

everybody banner It is not easy to cater for all disabilities individually, I agree, however what if we start to cater for the most physically disabled instead of the least? If we are doing that then by default we will be including everyone won't we?

Tackling The 'Silent Epidemic' Of Loneliness

Neil Heslop OBE | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Neil Heslop OBE

The chronic sense of isolation and loneliness felt by many disabled people was brought into stark focus by research from Sense for the Jo Cox Commissi...

Letting The Train Take The Strain

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

For a while now traveling by air has been becoming less and less attractive to my wife and I. The growing, if understandable, security procedures have made flying a real chore, especially as I am a wheelchair user. It was our last two flights that really put us off flying again. The first disaster was when flying home from our favourite city, Barcelona.

Tory Care Pledge Needs To Be Replaced With Tax Funded Reform

Stephen Burke | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Of all the Tory manifesto pledges that are likely to be junked by the new government, the 'dementia tax' pledge on funding care will get some of the biggest cheers.

More Disabled MPs Is Good News But All Politicians Have A Duty To Represent The Voices Of Disabled People

Sophie Morgan | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Morgan

There are 13 million disabled people in the UK, and that means we should be aiming for 20% of the MPs sitting in the Commons identifying as disabled. However, it is a start and a small step in the right direction - our Parliament will be stronger for the diversity of voices elected today.

Why I Have Cried Over The Kindness Of Strangers

Ruth Drake | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Drake

Lately I may have been guilty of focusing on negative reactions to my daughter, Elin, who has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Although I feel strongly that it's important for me to write about these reactions for a myriad of reasons, it's equally important for me to redress the balance.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Are Care Vouchers The Answer To The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Care vouchers would not support integration and would make paying for care even more complex than it currently is. It's not the long-term solution that older and disabled people and their families desperately need.

A Drive-By Blessing

Verity Smith | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Verity Smith

Recently I was flying out of Heathrow and Uffa, my darling guide dog, and I had been parked at the International Departure Lounge where we were to wait for an hour or more until someone came to collect us and deliver us forth. it was 20 minutes into our wait when it happened. 'The Drive by Blessing'

London Begins To Embrace Diversity In Fashion

Rachel Steeden | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Style
Rachel Steeden

London Fashion Week is a must for any fashion junky's diary. A place to see and be seen, the wacky and the wild, the classy and the chic, and let's not forgetting some celebrities perched on the FROW of each show.

It's Now Or Never For Social Care

Richard Kramer | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

Social care is on the edge of a financial cliff, with years of cuts and under investment impacting on the stability of the sector and calling its long-term sustainability into question.

PIP Is Vital But The Insecurity Is 'Overwhelming'

Mark Atkinson | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

We are calling on the government to rethink its decision. Before making any further changes to PIP the government must urgently address the very real concerns that disabled people have and reform the PIP assessment so that it accurately captures the extra costs disabled people face.

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

My Dating Dilemma - Do I Disclose My Disability?

Samantha Renke | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

The answer to all of the above is yes, yes and yes my disability does not stop me from wanting to find love, have a sex life or be seen as desirable. So why do people feel they need to ask these questions to people with disabilities?

Yes, Disability Sucks But We Still Need Disabled Role Models On Our Screens In 2017. Where Are They?

Jan Shure | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Shure

Yes, thanks to the coverage of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2016, we all watch and admire the paralympians, and I feel certain their extraordinary courage and prowess in the face of massive physical impairment inspires many people with disabilities. But, aside from 'Clarissa' (Liz Carr) flying the flag for UK disability, where is there a current disabled role model in drama or film?

'Priority Wheelchair Area' - The Clue Is In The Name

Layla Harding | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Layla Harding

The spaces on buses wouldn't be there if disabled campaigners hadn't fought for them to be there in the 1980s and 1990s. But today many wheelchair users still face difficulties accessing the spaces, often causing a great deal of distress.

Disabled People Left Out In The Cold

Mark Atkinson | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Mark Atkinson

As winter grips the nation we know that a third of disabled people (32%) have cut back on energy consumption in the past 12 months. Over a quarter of disabled people - which equates to an estimated 2 million people across the UK - have struggled to pay their energy bills in the past year.

It's Not Just Paralympian Athletes Who Have To Pee Themselves

Laura Moore | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Moore

I am one of the people who didn't find that news shocking at all. In fact, in an odd way I was pleased that it had happened to someone in the public eye, someone who was brave enough to come forward and tell the media about it so that finally our voices have a chance of being heard.

Watford Football Club Back Down On Disabled Fan Access Pledge

Martin Emery | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Sport
Martin Emery

Watford Football Club one of the country's top football clubs, has admitted that it will not meet a promise made by the Premier League that all of its stadiums will meet access standards by August 2017.

I'd Never Be A Paralympian But I Can Make People Laugh

Lee Ridley | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Lee Ridley

By having more disabled people on our TV screens, only then will I no longer get people asking stupid questions such as 'Can you have sex?' 'Have you ever tried to talk just to see what would happen?' and 'Are you as clever as that Stephen Hawking bloke?'

Crazy Adventures, More World Changing Projects, And A Generally Great 2016

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

It's also been nice to raise the temperature by looking back at this year's travels, projects and favourite memories. Having noted my top ten memories, I've simply expanded them into this fun little post:

This Christmas Wish Could Change So Many Lives

Laura Moore | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

You may never have realised but most disabled toilets are not suitable for a lot of disabled people. The are simply a larger room with the addition of some grab rails, maybe an emergency pull cord and of course a wheelchair logo on the door.