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Virgin Trains Change to Railcard Policy Will See a Hike in Rail Prices for Young, Disabled and Senior Citizens

Lauren Hawkridge | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Lauren Hawkridge

I had finally done it. Six weeks ago I started my very first full time paid job in London. The trouble was, like most young people, I wasn't in the position to move to the city straight away. So, I made the decision to accept the job and commute daily from Birmingham until I was in a better position to move...

Tory Welfare Policy Is Killing People

John Wight | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Five years after they first came to power as part of a coalition government with the Lib Dems, there is no doubting the passion for making the poorest and most vulnerable in society suffer torment and despair to the point of suicide and premature death which resides in the heart of every Tory.

This Is Why You Shouldn't Park Your BMW In A Disabled Space

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Comedy

In June we saw an excellent example of why you shouldn't park in a disabled parking space, but people just don't seem to be getting the picture. Ta...

Guy Who Parked In Disabled Space Gets What He Deserves

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Comedy

If there's one thing most people agree on, it's the shared anger at someone who wrongly uses a disabled parking space. When some members of the pub...

Every Time I Go Shopping, I Am Patronised Because I'm a Wheelchair User

Julie Fernandez | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Julie Fernandez

The challenge of being a disabled consumer is not always just a physical one - it is also about the attitudes you face from shop staff. Without fail, every single time I go shopping, I am patronised because I use a wheelchair.

A Warrior Mother

Parmi Dheensa | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Parmi Dheensa

All families with disabled children have huge mountains to climb and we face continuous barriers and endless challenges to clear a path for our disabled child to belong in society, to belong in our communities and to be valued so they can live a full life: enjoy friendships, a social life, a job, go to college, have their dreams and aspirations supported.

Ms Hopkins... Please Stop!

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

I do not have the likes of Ms Hopkins social presence and media privilege in which to air my views, but as a mother of a child with autism, what I do have is a voice and the right, as does anyone else, to say how her views impact upon those with a disability. Her words impact upon me, my family and wider society.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 16.06.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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 07.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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 11.05.2015 | 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.