Everything Is Awesome in Lego Land... Now it's Barbie's Turn to Recognise Disabled Young People

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

When I was a child, I hated being given dolls for my birthday or Christmas. Most of them were glamorous, blonde and pretty and that certainly wasn't me! Like many other young girls, I would enthusiastically mutilate my Barbie dolls.

As a Disabled Person, I Rarely See People Like Me on TV

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosemary Frazer

I feel the same way as Idris Elba. Because as a disabled person, I rarely see "people like me" on television or in the media either. The numbers speak for themselves. There are 11million disabled people living in Britain today. Yet just 2.5% of people on screen are disabled.

Specialist Employment Support Is Vital to Halving the Disability Employment Gap

Mark Atkinson | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Mark Atkinson

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act - a landmark piece of legislation that was the result of a hard-fought campaign by disabled people. For the first time, the Disability Discrimination Act made it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people as employees and as consumers.

Disability Cuts 'Forcing People To Sleep Fully-Clothed In Wheelchairs'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Disabled people are sleeping fully-clothed in their wheelchairs and surviving on biscuits due to social care cuts, a new report has revealed. Many ...

Disabled People Have a Lot Still to Fight for - 20 Years Since the Disability Discrimination Act

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Rosemary Frazer

My hope on this 20th anniversary is that people will work with us, so that the in the next 20 years we make even greater progress in the equality of disabled people.

When Questions Become Awkward

Mik Scarlet | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

If you let the disabled person decide if and what they tell you with in conversation you won't offend anyone. Remember, for every disabled person like me, happy with their life and secure in their impairment, there will be some who are not yet ready to talk about their lives.

People Are So Worried About Offending People - We've Shot Ourselves in the Foot

Warwick Davis | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Warwick Davis

The more people try not to speak about someone's disability or difference, the more they'll end up stumbling - and it's very obvious to that person what's going on. And they won't be offended! I don't mind somebody acknowledging my height or talking about dwarfism. To be honest, if they're curious or inquisitive, I'd rather we did chat about it.

Charity Is Not a Lost Cause - Do Something Amazing Today

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Duncan Lindsay

It doesn't take much to make a real difference to the lives of many. While we all lead increasingly busy lives, we should not forget the privileges we have. Let's take advantage of the benefits we have in our lives and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. It needn't cost us a thing but the payoff is unimaginably huge.

Awkward? Let's End It Now!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I found the statistics really shocking, but mostly as they seem to be totally opposite to my own experience. I was born disabled, and became a wheelchair user at the age of fifteen, yet I can honestly say I have never had any trouble making friends, being invited to social situations or finding love.

Disability Isn't a Weakness - It Should Be Seen as a Strength

RJ Mitte | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
RJ Mitte

I have cerebral palsy but I've never let it hold me back. Growing up, I was bullied but I quickly learnt not to back down... A bruise will heal, a cut will heal, but when you let someone take away who you are, it's more damaging than any broken bone and deeper than any cut. By standing up for myself, people no longer just saw my disability. It shouldn't define you. I just happen to have CP.

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.

Social Media Makes Us Feel 'Jealous, Ugly And Lonely'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Tech

Nearly two thirds of social media users say that sites like Facebook and Twitter make them feel inadequate about their own lives and achievements. ...

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.

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.

Campaigning Is the Modern Tear Jerker

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Campaigning is a way of charities to claim authority over an issue, and be a voice for a section of society, controlling their political contribution, often without the involvement of those they purport to represent, simply to be a 'tear jerker'.

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.

Disability in 2013: Fight the Cuts or Build on the Paralympics?

Ruth Marvel | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK
Ruth Marvel

There is a real danger we make it impossible for disabled people to be part of the community. The Paralympics effect was about making disabled people more visible. The crisis in social care for disabled people - to mis-use Lord Coe's quote - could mean we simply never see disabled people again.

Laughing at Disability

Richard Herring | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Richard Herring

Let's face it, we've all heard people making fun of disability. Some comedians even make a habit of making disabled people the butt of cruel, thoughtless jokes. It's not that we can't joke about the subject, but the challenge is to get people to think, to consider the point that comedians are trying to make - the reality behind the humour.

Scrapping Disability Living Allowance Will Push Disabled People Into 'Poverty Debt And Isolation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Around 500,000 disabled people are expected to lose out when the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is scrapped, a new report has claimed. There has...

Help Scope Keep Us Close

Melissa Mostyn | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Melissa Mostyn

Not having access to suitable services near home is taking a massive toll on families with disabled children. Half are missing out on quality time that families with non-disabled children take for granted - like celebrating birthdays, playing together or going swimming.

'A Seismic Effect In Shifting Public Attitudes'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK

Paralympic organisers today hailed the "seismic effect in shifting public attitudes" to disability sports, claiming the Games have changed public perc...

Will The Paralympics Change Your Attitude To Disability?

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK

The Paralympics are a "once in a lifetime" chance to improve the public's attitudes towards disability, according to a survey by the charity Scope. ...

Scope Forgives Ben Elton For 'Spastic' Gaffe

Chortle | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Ben Elton has been accused of committing an ‘awful, embarrassing’ gaffe after using the word ‘spastic’ on live TV. The comic called disabil...

Helping Charities to Find Their Voice

Adam Stones | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK
Adam Stones

Tt is a challenging time for charities - there are more campaigns, more messages and more competition. And the old ways of communicating are simply not good enough anymore.

Paralympics Apathy As Only 11% Of British People Are Excited

PA | Posted 01.02.2012 | UK

Less than a quarter of disabled people and just 11% of Britons overall are excited about the Paralympics, a poll has shown. Apathy...