Disabled

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 20.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 23.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 18.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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,...

When "No" Means "Yes" For "Your Own Good"

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Last week the House Of Lords debated Lord Faulkner's Assisted Dying bill. The bill argues that that people with six months or less to live should be able to call on the medical profession to assist them to die, as an act of mercy for those who are suffering...

Lucy Sherriff

Could The Disability Student Allowance Cuts Actually Be A GOOD Idea?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The government's announcement it would be slashing funding to support disabled students was not received well by those the scheme endeavoured to help....

Why Do We Ignore Disability in International Development?

James Thornberry | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Thornberry

Today the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made a speech in support of foreign aid. He defended Government spending in this area and reaffirmed the ...

Isn't It Time We Got Over Being Awkward About Disability?

Julie Fernandez | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Julie Fernandez

I think able bodied people are in denial about their thoughts and feelings towards us - they don't want to deal with the thought process, so they shut it out. Well, we are here! And with medical advances and people living longer, there are only going to be more of us! So maybe it's time for people to start coming to terms with their feelings about disability.

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Belonging - A Night at Circus Fest 2014

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

As a professional actor of 25 years, since being the first disabled actor to appear in a UK soap back in 1991, and the chair of the actor's union Equity's Deaf and Disabled Members Committee I know all too well just how high the standard of talent is within the disabled acting community.

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

Landmark Result for Disabled Ticketing Policy

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Suzanne Bull MBE

Last month a hugely significant legal precedent was set for Deaf and disabled music lovers when a man from Wetherby won a landmark case with the York Barbican over 'discriminatory' ticketing policies.

Planning a Venice Trip, in an Electric Wheelchair

Tori Elliott | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tori Elliott

Obviously, being surrounded by water and accessible via boat and water taxis, Venice never struck me as being particularly wheelchair accessible and so David and I would never have planned a quick 'city break' to fly there for just two days.

Britain Is the Best Country for Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

We must never accept the status quo and always campaign for better things, but at the same time, we should be proud of Britain as I do believe it is overall the best country to live in if you are a disabled person.

4000 Miles Driving Around Europe, in a Wheelchair, in Less Than a Month

Tori Elliott | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tori Elliott

My name is Tori, I'm fiercely independent and I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 at 18 months old. I'm now living my life, exactly as I choose to. Having a neuromuscular condition doesn't control my life; I've just found different ways of climbing over those hurdles.

Why I'm Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

James Davenport | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Davenport

We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.

Do We Really Need to Find a 'Cure' for Autism?

Jo Worgan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.