Access For Everyone, We Live In Hope

Dan White | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Dan White

Our local playground is the communal hub near Emily's school, and not only can she not access it in her wheelchair, but she can't even play on any equipment. When we sent an email of this nature to the local council, I think we terrified the park's department into opening that said file and diving straight to chapter four.

Living With Tourettes Syndrome

Katy Mann | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

Last year I spent a lovely couple of weeks in France with friends. Thankfully friends who understand that I shout at them and their children. My current shout-ism is "c**k", which we've managed to pretend is "cake", "cot" and "cod" amongst many others.

Reactions To My Son's Wheelchair

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The wheelchair has been great. Pushing him in it is much easier than the buggy he was too big for. And sometimes it helps by providing a quick explanation to strangers when he has challenging behaviour. I suppose because with a wheelchair, disability is quickly visible. But it took a while to get used to having it...

Ticket To Ride? Well, Yes!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

What may not be clear to those parents who flatly refuse to move is, if they do not act reasonably it may impact on their ability to use buses at all. Not all wheelchair users can travel by bus. If their wheelchair is too big or heavy they are barred from traveling.

The Wizzybug Wheelchair Giving Toddlers The Freedom To Express Themselves

Fiona Cromwell | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Cromwell

At first glance, Florence appears to be like any other young, carefree toddler. Full of glee, light and mischief. But the toy-like device that she is seated in is not, in fact, a toy. It is a Wizzybug powered wheelchair. Florence was born with a disability which means she cannot walk.

'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.

Independence Is My Greatest Achievement

Hannah Cockroft | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Sport
Hannah Cockroft

The future holds more competing but I also want to finish my degree, to grow up a little and I am also interested in a media career - I would love to be the next Clare Balding. Until then, I want to inspire other athletes and show them what can be achieved through hard work.

How To Survive In A Wheelchair

Kevan Chandler | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Chandler

I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which weakens my limbs and leaves me highly dependent on others. I have my wheelchair and I do fine on sidewalks. But batteries die, stairs show up, and I do get hungry from time to time. Now, throw zombies into that mix!

Why are Black Cab Drivers in Edinburgh So Bad?

Laurence Clark | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Laurence Clark

For some unknown reason, when I approach cab drivers in Edinburgh and ask for the ramp, they look at me as if I've just suggested gang-raping their mother. Other professions who provide a public service do not get to pick and choose who they serve.

Why I Am Happy To Be A Wheelchair User

Vicky Kuhn | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Vicky Kuhn

An unexpected statement perhaps, considering the way disability is often portrayed in the media, particularly when someone ends up in a wheelchair. It is seen as the end of a life, a digression into a life of misery and pain. For me, it was anything but. Let me tell you why.

Mind the Gap - And the Wheels!

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

In the last few months, I have made many trips across London, alone, using different mobility aids. All have been unnecessarily eventful, and have ben...

The Strength of Everyone Else

Kevan Chandler | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Chandler

My parents took in the words, the concerns, the information. They sat there in a cold room, surrounded by doctors, and they decided to be strong.

Girlguiding Gives Every Girl the Opportunity for Adventure and Challenge

Caroline Daboo | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Daboo

I want all girls out there to join us, and make 2016 your year of adventure. Whether it's speaking out in class or trying an adventurous sport - big or small - it's time to ditch the fear and let nothing stand in your way!

How to Decorate Your Wheelchair for the Festive Season

Fleur Perry | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Perry

Wrap tinsel in a tight spiral around any metal bar that isn't a moving part. Secure at both ends with sticky tape, and in a couple of places along the spiral if necessary. Long pieces of tape work better. It's best to double check that it's well clear of the wheels and that you're not going to get in a tinsel tangle.

Interview Magazine Defends Use Of Wheelchair In Kylie Jenner Shoot

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Style

Kylie Jenner's new photoshoot with Interview Magazine has officially broken the internet... but not all for the right reasons. The cover spread, sh...

Accessible Tenerife

Martyn Sibley | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

My first trip was with my family when i was aged 8 years. We returned many times during my teens. Plus I've been lucky enough to visit for work in recent years too. The reasons for my love of Tenerife are far reaching.

Please Fully Fund the Disabled Facilities Grant

Fleur Perry | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Fleur Perry

What if there were a way to reduce the cost of Adult Social Care without leaving anyone at risk? What if there were a way to improve the quality of li...

Accessible Cambridge with the European Network of Accessible Tourism

Martyn Sibley | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

What a busy fortnight! I hope you enjoyed the posts on the Spanish conference, our trip around Madrid, and my views on improving air travel for disabled people. Today I'd like to tell you about my home town of Cambridge.

It's Hard to Speak My Heart

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I got my other wishes. Today I dressed myself. Fed myself. Left my flat and walked. I never take those things for granted. They will remain a privilege, rather then a right, for the rest of my life. Not because I believe they will go away. But because they are part of a long list of things I am overwhelmingly thankful for every day.

Mum Overjoyed By Mystery Donation For Daughter's Wheelchair

SWNS/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Parents

A four-year-old girl with a disability will be starting school in style after she received £3,500 for a new wheelchair from an anonymous donor. Ka...

Mum Told Son's Wheelchair Isn't Allowed Into Harrods Because It 'Looks Like A Toy'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents

A mum will be taking Harrods staff through the basics of "what a mobility aid can look like" after she was told her son had to leave his wheelchair at...

These Empowering Wheelchair Fashions Just Won A Place In Saks Fifth Avenue

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Style

A 23-year-old student has won a prestigious award for her fashion collection for wheelchair users. Welsh-born Lucy Jones's Womenswear Designer of ...

Inaccessible Buildings Is Not Necessarily Discrimination

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Rebuilding inaccessible infrastructure that has existed for hundreds of years in some cases takes time and money. I believe the moral argument has been won, and it is now about letting the slow wheels of progress turn.

The Little Things That Help Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The first and probably greatest skill disabled people have to quickly learn is problem solving. Since disabled people often live in a world that is unprepared for their specific needs, on a day to day basis they encounter barriers that require them to be creative and bend the rules on how things were intended to be used.

Why the Disability Discrimination Act Is a Criminal Farce

Jeff Salmon | Posted 05.12.2014 | 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...