Belonging - A Night at Circus Fest 2014

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.04.2014 | 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 21.04.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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 26.02.2014 | 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.

New Year: Accessible Top Tips

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Unfortunately I can't say it will all go plain sailing. I've been stuck queuing outside nightclubs freezing, turned away from pubs due to no access, left stranded without transport and had PAs too drunk to hoist me to bed.

Shape Creatives - the Shape of Things to Come

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Shape Creatives is a series of seven films highlighting the cream of talent within the Disability Arts scene. Funded by the Arts Council and the Lottery Fund through the arts charity Shape Arts it captures a moment at which I feel Disabled Art is about to break through into the mainstream.

Miley Cyrus and the Several Disabled People

Nazim Andani | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nazim Andani

Cyrus has achieved her aim of shedding the clean-cut persona she developed during her time at that non-exploitative, pro-Semite, altruistic, not-for-profit charity known as Disney. In the process, she has infected a countless number of young, innocent girls with premature sexualisation.

The Disabled Community Is 'A Bucket Full Of Crabs'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Disabled people, charities and campaigners have been urged to stop "snubbing" fellow disabled people who become successful, one of Britain's best know...

LOOK: A Celebration Of Disabled Bodies

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

A calendar celebrating disabled bodies is available now. Undressing Disability aims to promote the bodies of people often ignored and desexualise...

DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) and Their Fight for Disability Rights

Alan Wyllie | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Government's War on Welfare reaps destruction in its path but one heinous feature of this iniquitous 'reform' appears to have been completely igno...

Personal Independence Payment: More Haste, Less Speed

Sheila Gilmore | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Gilmore

DWP Ministers once more find themselves making a virtue out of a necessity as they announced on Saturday that the roll out of Personal Independence Payment would be slower than planned.

Reflections on a Wheelchair Ride: Spend to Mend #Whatdisability

Martyn Sibley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I am passionate about disability issues and my trip highlighted to me how much more work we have to do in 2013 to keep them in the spotlight. Disabled people should not need or want for anything relating to their medical condition, especially the very basic things to help us through the day.

The Outlook for Disabled Children in Romania

James Thornberry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Just over twenty years ago the world was horrified by the images that emerged from Romania of emaciated disabled children and orphans living in horri...

The Tube: Don't Cross The Line

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Public transport is a common method of travel by many people across the globe, yet somehow some people still haven't mastered the art of getting it right. We have people that seem to think that they are the only one in a rush to get to a certain place, that they are the only one on the tube or that nobody around them has any transport requirements.

How Did 12 Ex-Remploy Staff Team Up To Help Disabled People?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics

Former Remploy workers have used their redundancy money to open a social enterprise aimed at employing or training disabled people. The venture wil...

Barcelona - A City That Could Teach London a Thing or Two About Access

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I have just returned from a holiday in the city of Barcelona. It is a wonderful holiday destination, and my wife and I love it so much we are looking into possibly relocating there. Part of the attraction for me is the wheelchair access.

The Barriers to Disabled People's Happiness

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I truly enjoy having cerebral palsy, and I know I am not alone, but there are so many people who are not happy with being impaired because they have not reached the acceptance stage of the grieving process.

Cross About Crossrail!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

On Thursday 29 August I attended the first event of a week of action by disabled people over the many issues currently facing our community. The protest I made my way to was over Crossrail and the fact that several stations along the route of this massive infrastructure project were not going to have step free access...

The Paralympics Alone Will Never Fully Change Perceptions Towards Disabled People

Adam Knott | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Sport
Adam Knott

a new poll commissioned by the charity Scope suggests that 81% of disabled people have not noticed that attitudes towards them have improved since London 2012, while just over a fifth believed matters have deteriorated. In addition, 84% said they felt the language used in the debate about benefits and disabled people have caused a negative shift in public attitudes.

Drag Queen Benefit Fraudster a Gift to Papers, but Not to Claimants

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This case may have had enough titillating elements to justify their interest, but papers are happy to splash any story they can find of an individual falsely claiming benefits in a concerted campaign against the welfare state.

The Life Of A Surgery Addict Is Anything But Glamorous

Barcroft Media | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Plastic surgery addict Monique Allen, 58, was left disabled and disfigured after almost 100 unregulated cosmetic procedures. The retired government...