Disabled

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.

Christmas In Cardiff

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

As a wheelchair user Cardiff proves what is possible around the concept of inclusive design. It's so accessible for me that it's one of those places that means I can forget I live on wheels from the moment I arrive.

O Come All Ye Faithful...

Joshua Hepple | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Joshua Hepple

By embracing a truly modern approach to worship and inspiring a whole new generation of young Christians, Hillsong has to be respected and admired. They do some incredible charity work and appear to be going from strength to strength in terms of attracting new members to the church. It's just a shame that they are not quite as welcoming as they seem. I, for one, will not be going to Wembley Arena this Christmas.

Power 100: Who Are Britain's Most Influential Disabled People?

Martyn Sibley | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

I was just behind Britain's most decorated female Paralympian Sarah Storey in first, and Channel 4 presenter Alex Brooker in second. BBC presenter Andrew Marr who became disabled from a stroke was number 8.

I Never Imagined That One Day I Would Wake Up Sick, And Never Get Better

Natasha Coates | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Coates

May 27, 2013. A date I will never forget. The day I suffered a life threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. My throat swelled, my oxygen levels were dangerously low and if it wasn't for the proactive medics around me, I would have died.

An Open Letter From The Disabled To Donald Trump

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Dear Mr. Trump - First, we would like to congratulate you on finally taking the White House throne for the next four years. By defeating the Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, many would agree that your success in earning the title Commander in Chief marks as an astonishing event in the history of US presidential elections.

Launching Disability Academy And Accessible Traveller

Martyn Sibley | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

In the rest of society there are industries built on helping people with their lifes goals, growth and progress. Because disabled people need funding for care, equipment and adaptions; the biggest need and services in this industry is around our basic needs.

The Serendipity of Trying New Things

Martyn Sibley | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Whenever I realise I'm in too many comfort zones I freak out. The signs are boredom, self created problems, fearing pointless future worries. Luckily I'm learning to catch these moments quicker with meditation.

'That Midget Freak On The Advert Is Putting Me Off Ever Eating Chocolate!'

Samantha Renke | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

I was shocked and upset by the comments, however, I am not by any means naïve to the world of trolling or online bullying. I know that no-one is exempt these days. If you are LGBTQ, BAME, a feminist, a politician or even a Kardashian, you are left vulnerable to online attacks.

Employment

Kate Bennell | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Bennell

For the International Day of persons with disabilities, I want to share my story on finding work as a severely-sight impaired lady. In the UK there a...

Are We All Disabled Now?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we adopt a social model way of thinking, see our similarities rather than our differences, demand real change is required and that our voices are listened to then maybe we can start to rebuild a conscientious. Maybe we can stop the growing divides between us and come together to build a fairer, more inclusive world.

Improving Lives - The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Richard Kramer | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Richard Kramer

The long-awaited Government green paper Improving Lives, launched on Monday. The Green Paper sets out the Government's proposals for how to support m...

The Tourism Industry Is Finally Recognising The Importance Of Accessible Travel, But What Does It Actually Mean?

Damiano La Rocca | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Damiano La Rocca

As someone who has built his career around providing accessible travel experiences I'm glad to see the industry recognising accessible travel and I have no doubt it will become a more prominent in the coming years. However, I have spotted a potential issue as these articles don't really explain what accessible travel or tourism really is.

Housing Is A Basic Need and a Human Right

Martyn Sibley | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Martyn Sibley

As I started to need housing with wheelchair access, my parents stepped up to the plate. Lucky for me, as a three year old would've struggled to organ...

Life Isn't That Black And White

Laura Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

Last nights BBC2 documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' has already raised a lot of questions before it was even aired and although my son doesn't have Downs syndrome it is still something which affected me during my pregnancy and the issues surrounding it continue to affect me today.

How I Got Through The Edinburgh Fringe On Benefits

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

This year I took my topless comedy show 'Sextremist' to the Edinburgh Fringe partly in thanks to financial backing from the Tory Government, (yes you ...