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Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...

What I Did on My Easter Holiday

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

One of the things I expect from the people who run the country I live in is to enforce the laws of the country. Yet time and time again disabled people are faced with businesses that just do not make themselves accessible to disabled customers, and the excuse is nearly always expense.

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

Will Today's Radical Overhaul of Social Care Make Life Better for Disabled People?

Richard Hawkes | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Hawkes

Today, sweeping changes to the care system - the biggest for more than 50 years - come into force. I welcome many of the reforms. However, the new Care Act can only go so far. Because three big issues sit behind it. The first is that, currently, not everyone who needs care gets it.

Why I Admire Muhammad: A Disability Perspective

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

In this short piece, however, I would like to take a unique approach by shedding light about how important is Prophet Muhammad to me as an individual with disabilities and to other Muslims with disabilities around the world.

'Inspirational': Overused and Incredibly Patronising

Helen Cooke | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Cooke

I argue against the use of this word simply because it has been over used, particularly where disabled people are concerned. It is deployed whenever someone with a disability achieves something that is perceived to have been a challenge, whether it was or not.

Call to Change the Way We Think About Care

Clare Pelham | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

It is with great diffidence that I suggest that a lot of the very welcome and well-informed debate about how to provide suitable care and support for older and disabled people has centred around the wrong question. It is not and never should be, about "how do I keep my mum from going into care?" That is simply the wrong question.

I'm Disabled... Not Psychic!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It is a daily experience that anyone who is disabled will know all too well. I have been a wheelchair user for 35 years, and while there is now a law stating that businesses should make every "reasonable adjustment" to ensure that they are accessible the real experience is that many places are still closed to disabled people.

I Don't Want a Job Because I'm Gay, I Want It Because I'm Talented

Steven Stewart | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steven Stewart

You want a truly diverse workforce, you don't have people brought in because they fit a label, you bring them in because they're talented. It's a matter of pride and self-worth to refuse a job if you know you're only being offered it because you fit into a particular category.

Not Everyone on Benefits Is Trying to Cheat the System

Frances Hutchinson | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Hutchinson

I don't want a fancy life, just enough of one so I do not go stark raving mad with boredom and loneliness... If more of the public were aware of what being on Job Seeker's is like long-term, they might be less negative towards us.

Cardiff - A Refection of What Could Be

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's not just the big chains and shopping centre that is easy. Through out the city centre there are arcades of boutique style shops and restaurants, and pretty much all of these are equally accessible. Most of these are historic in nature and yet there has been great effort taken to ensure as many of them are as accessible as possible.

Toward a Disabled-Friendly World

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.01.2015 | 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.

Brighton - A Mirror on a Broken Reality

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Last weekend I paid a trip to the seaside, to Brighton to take part in a literary event called Sea Changers. What struck me from the moment I arrived was how hard it was to get around in my wheelchair.

Loads Of People Want This Tory Minister Sacked

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Protesters have gathered outside the Department for Work and Pensions demanding the sacking of welfare minister Lord Freud, who was recorded suggestin...

Freud's Minimum Wage Slip

George Wilson | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
George Wilson

As for Freud, at best, carelessness, and a poor understanding of his department and the people that it serves may prove less a slip and more a great fall; Labour are set to table a Commons motion of no confidence in him to be voted on later this month.

This Kid's Wheelchair Rules Halloween

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Wheelchairs are seen as instruments to help people be more mobile but as this family shows, they also make one hell of a Halloween prop. Here, one...

Hidden in Plain Sight

Clive Norman | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

Well I have just taken delivery of a wheelchair on a temporary basis as I have had an ankle ligament repair and arthroscopy to my ankle, so no weight bearing for 2 months. I have just spent 20 minutes in the garden in said wheelchair that has just been delivered, and wow what an experience.

Reasonable???

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

This weekend an incident occurred that reminded me of what is is to be disabled in the UK in the 21st Century. I have been disabled since a few weeks after birth, having been born with cancer, but started using a wheelchair full time at the age of fifteen after a complication caused my spine to collapse.

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

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.

Minimal Cost for Maximum Benefit: Why Toilets Need to Be Usable by All

Jane Wilbur | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Giving someone a way to keep themselves clean and easy access to drinking water and a basic toilet opens the door to better health, the ability to better participate in a community and the basic dignity that every human being is entitled to.

Securing the Future of Social Care

Sue Brown | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Sue Brown

Provision of social care in this country has been inadequate for a long time. Funding has been cut back to the bare bone and many older and disabled people are left struggling to cope.

Surviving the Digital Detox, for Scope

Tori Elliott | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tori Elliott

I, myself, am a self confessed social networking addict. My thumb will always gravitate to the Facebook App without a moments pause and I really don't always realise that I'm browsing the feed. Is it really an awful habit? I'm not convinced either way just yet, but I did believe that 48 hours without it might be torture. I'm happy to report, I was wrong.

We Need More Disabled Models in Ad Campaigns

Jack Eyers | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Eyers

We filmed it at Scope's West Hampstead shop and had a great laugh making it. The other stars of the ad - the shop manager Cathy, volunteer Maureen and all the other people in the ad who react to my strip were great.

Sick And Disabled Suffering Due To IDS' Benefits 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Thousands of terminally ill and disabled Britons have been caused unnecessary suffering due to Iain Duncan Smith's "shocking" flagship benefits plans,...