Accessible Tenerife

Martyn Sibley | Posted 13.11.2015 | 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 09.11.2015 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 17.09.2015 | 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...

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 ...