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Mind the Gap: It's Still Too Hard to Get Around London If You Are Disabled

Mark Atkinson | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Atkinson

This move by Uber represents an expansion of choice for disabled people in London - choice that other commuters and passengers already have. There are of course lots of other providers - particularly the word-famous London black taxis cabs - whose vehicles are accessible.

A Hard Act to Follow

Mark Atkinson | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK
Mark Atkinson

To realise the full potential of the Care Act we need a sustainable funding settlement from Government, and reformed health and social care systems that support working-age disabled people to live their lives.

Speechless: A New Play That Gives Disabled People a Fresh Voice

Kate Caryer | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kate Caryer

I am a rude, pink-haired theatre lover, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and no speech. I use a communication aid to speak (think a punk Stephen Hawking), but the words that come out of my computer will quickly shatter any stereotypes you might have about disabled people...

Struggling to Catch a Tube Today? Wait Until Even Taxis Ignore You

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK
Rosemary Frazer

I live in a part of London not well-served by accessible public transport. My commute would take over two hours each way and involve three buses, as no local tube stations are accessible. Trying to get on a bus as a wheelchair user in rush hour - especially when so many have unreliable ramps - is often an impossible task.

How Technology Is Transforming Disabled People's Lives

Kim Lawther | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Tech
Kim Lawther

For years, disabled people had to rely on somebody else doing things for them. But now with the help of assistive technology, disabled people can do things that would have never been possible before - from switching on a light to having a voice to express themselves.

This Budget Will Make Disabled People's Lives Harder

Mark Atkinson | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

Today, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will be making changes to the disability benefits. These are going to make many disabled people's lives harder. It is a very worrying and uncertain time for disabled people, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet.

MPs To Consider Debating Disability Benefit Cuts After Petition Exceeds 100k

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics

A petition urging the Government to drop plans to cut benefits for some disabled people by £30 a week has stormed passed 100,000 signatures. MPs will...

We Are All Consumers Now

Mark Atkinson | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Mark Atkinson

Today is World Consumer Rights Day. But since this awareness day started back in 1983, there has been a group of consumers that are continually overlooked. That group is disabled consumers, and while the Government puts their spending power at over £200billion a year, rarely are goods and services developed with them in mind.

'You Don't Mind If We Just Carry You Up the Steps, Do You?'

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosemary Frazer

It's Disabled Access Day on 12 March and I thought I would share my thoughts on why disability access matters so much in the struggle for disability equality. This nationwide event encourages disabled people to visit somewhere they wouldn't normally go.

My Son's Smile Belies a Troubled Heart

Carole Villiers | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents
Carole Villiers

Every day I see my son create bonds with people on the street, I see people's faces light up, just by his smile. Although his smile belies a troubled heart. It's so easy to believe that everything's okay.

Scope's 'End the Awkward' Valentine's Day Campaign About Sex and Disability - A Personal Perspective

Penelope Friday | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

I'm lucky. I'm happily partnered up with someone who looks at me a bit oddly when I suggest that my disability might have put him off me. But it's true that lots of people feel uncomfortable even talking to disabled people, let alone thinking about dating them - let alone thinking about (whisper it!) sex with them.

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.