Wheelchair

Why the Disability Discrimination Act Is a Criminal Farce

Jeff Salmon | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jeff Salmon

My lovely old dad was in a wheelchair for the last 10 years of his life and it was my duty and pleasure to push it around London. But it's only when you have the privilege of helping a wheelchair-user navigate the streets of London does it hammer home how thoughtless many of us are by making it so difficult for them to get around...

Race The Tube - In A Wheelchair

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK

A parody of the viral 'Race The Tube' challenge video shows a man in a wheelchair also attempting to beat the Tube by traveling overground - with a th...

Yes, You Can Skateboard While In A Wheelchair. This Is How

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Bravo, Mr Kondo. Although, as you say, you might be having a midlife crisis. Kondo's skateboard trick is just one of his many impressive feats. He ...

Having a Wheelie Good Time

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

On 1st September, my virtual disability themed nightclub, Wheelies, celebrates its 8th birthday. The club exists in Secondlife, a virtual world that has millions of residents from around the real world, and it is a place where anything is possible.

Man Builds 'Tankchair' For Paralysed Wife

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Tech

Brad Soden isn't a man that believes in the word 'can't', when he sees a problem he wants to solve it. So when his wife had a car accident that left h...

Planning a Venice Trip, in an Electric Wheelchair

Tori Elliott | Posted 27.04.2014 | 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.

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.

There Should be No Benefit to Being Disabled

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I would like to propose that there should not be a benefit to being disabled, and that this means understanding what specific 'benefits' are really about, which sometimes even those who provide them have forgotten.

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.

Countering Discrimination - But Why Is Disability Discrimination Still Rife in 2013 in the UK?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Over the past 30 years racism and homophobia have been tackled with great success, but individuals with disabilities are still discriminated against by companies and society as a whole, why?

What Disability?

Martyn Sibley | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Sport
Martyn Sibley

Today, Thursday 5 September 2013, I embark on an unusual journey, which for me will also be a uniquely difficult challenge: I am going to travel the length of the UK, from John O'Groats to Land's End, in my electric wheelchair.

Can We Please Get Our Facts Right?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

As a disabled person myself, and one who has needed to fall back on the benefits system at different times during my life time, I think it is time that the truth was told, both about the figures and how the distortion of the truth is impacting on the lives of real people.

Trials and Tribulations of Disabled Travel

Stef Benstead | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stef Benstead

I travelled in to my local city recently. Not a big deal, given I live only 11 miles from the centre. Except now I can't walk even 100 metres in one go. So when I had two days' notice of a meeting I wanted to attend, it took more planning than a perusal of time tables and more effort than a half-mile stroll.

Taking the Chair

Charles Donovan | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

Forgive the unexpected intermission. Where were we? Yes, that's it. I was fumbling around, trying to get the hang of living in a wheelchair in a new part of London, waiting for my broken back to heal a bit more. But in my last update, I glossed over some of the worst of what was happening.

This Is Wheel Life

Charles Donovan | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

Today, I bump into the edges of doorways. While stretching to pick up one thing, I manage to drop several others. I reverse into tables. I crash into entrances and misjudge distances. There is so much to learn about wheelchairs. I cannot think where to start.

Disabled People Risk 'Hurt And Humiliation' On Airlines

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

Disabled people risk "hurt and humiliation" when they travel by air, a report has claimed. Some have even had to urinate in bottles on flights due ...

Little Boy's Wheelchair Is Transformed Into A Digger For Halloween

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

As the Halloween costume scramble gets underway, the nation braces itself for a flurry of goblins, ghouls, ghosts and the usual tiresome glut of "sexy...

The Weirwolf Roars: Gold For Paralympics GB's David Weir In Marathon

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK

With a deafening roar from the crowd, Britain's 'Weirwolf' David Weir took gold in the men's T54 marathon, his fourth gold of the Games. Weir's mar...

Dying to Win? Wheelchair Athletes and the Pursuit of Paralympic Gold

Brendan Pittaway | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK
Brendan Pittaway

When elite sportsmen and women discuss the pain and dedication needed to win an Olympic medal, they talk about the great sacrifices made en route to the podium.

Disabled Mother 'Told To Sit Separately From Family At Paralympics'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

A young disabled mother has criticised the Paralympics for allegedly not allowing her to sit with her family at the Games - because she is a wheelchai...

Britain's Paralympic Veterans

Thomas Morris | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Sport
Thomas Morris

After the First and Second World Wars, over sixty thousand military amputees came home. Three years later, Britain hosted the Olympics, and a small hospital in Buckinghamshire put on the world's first 'Wheelchair Games'. Now in 2012, the future of the British forces in Afghanistan is being decided.

WATCH: Paraplegic Girl Goes Bungee Jumping In A Wheelchair

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Comedy

Just because someone happens to be paraplegic, that doesn't mean they can't do some seriously awesome stuff. Just take a look at Christine Rougoor her...

Did He Go Too Far? TSA Agent Pats Down And Swabs Boy, 3, In Wheelchair (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK

YouTube video of an airport security worker patting down and swabbing a wheelchair-bound little boy has gone viral. Uploaded on 17 March by matto...

Disabled Man Robbed Of £30 In The Street After 'Appalling' Attack

PA | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK

Police have condemned the theft of cash from a disabled man as "appalling". The 46-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses an electric w...

A Brief History Of Your Employment: Stephen Hawking Advertises For Assistant

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 29.12.2011 | UK

Stephen Hawking is looking for a technical assistant that can work with computers, electronics and won't buckle under pressure.  But rather than u...