Attitudes Haven't Changed? What A Surprise

Lynley Gregory | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

As a wheelchair user due to chronic pain, I find the self same discrimination within my own social circle. They sometimes make comments about the appearance of a disabled person in the news and make assumptions about them based on their appearance.

How Powerchair Football Helped Me Accept My Disability

Kai Gill | Posted 28.08.2017 | UK Sport
Kai Gill

everybody banner Powerchair football is a sport that gives people with a physical disability the opportunity to play the beautiful game of football. Did you know it's the only active team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs?

Observations From A Part-Time Wheelchair User

Chloe Tear | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Tear

everybody banner I am a part-time wheelchair user, this means that one day I can use my chair, and the next I can be walking with my stick. Being able to use a wheelchair on a part-time basis allows me to managed my energy levels and reduce pain, allowing me to function more effectively in everyday life. I am exactly the same person whether I use my stick or my chair, so why does the behaviour of others sometimes change?

I Wouldn't Change My Son For The World But I Wish I Could Change The World For My Son

Louise Pedlar | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
Louise Pedlar

everybody banner Sometimes I wish there was some way to make things just a bit simpler for this little star. You wont ever see him complain though, and as parents we always find a way to help him achieve anything he desires, but it sure isn't always easy. And I can only imagine that the older he gets the harder this will become.

Wheelchair Access Problems? It's Only Got One Step

Lynley Gregory | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

It's a phrase I hear so often...

The 'Real' Cost Of Being Disabled

Lynley Gregory | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

In many ways, the meaning of the word 'cost' to me is the 'cost' of losing my independence, my ability to walk, my hard-earned career and the 'cost' to my partner and family of my intense, chronic pain needing continuous care. But there is also a financial cost to being disabled that I never even thought about before, but that very quickly became apparent.

Are Physically Disabled Children Invisible?

Laura Moore | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

everybody banner It is not easy to cater for all disabilities individually, I agree, however what if we start to cater for the most physically disabled instead of the least? If we are doing that then by default we will be including everyone won't we?

Using Mobility Aids When You Have An Invisible Illness

Pippa Stacey | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Pippa Stacey

hope with everything in me that one day this won't be the case, and those with chronic illnesses, including those without mobility aids, will be able to sit in reserved disabled seats, or move their legs in their wheelchair, or God forbid, laugh and enjoy their life, without judgment from others. But for now, we need to do all we can to help the healthy population to understand; just because somebody doesn't appear to be ill, it doesn't mean they're not suffering.

Letting The Train Take The Strain

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

For a while now traveling by air has been becoming less and less attractive to my wife and I. The growing, if understandable, security procedures have made flying a real chore, especially as I am a wheelchair user. It was our last two flights that really put us off flying again. The first disaster was when flying home from our favourite city, Barcelona.

Disabled Yet Not A Superhero

Katy Mann | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

I want to be an every day person not training for the 2020 Paralympics just because I'm in a wheelchair. I can barely move my own chair let alone race in one! People expect me to be able to do all sorts of things if I just think positively but sadly it just doesn't work like that.

Let's Help Team GB's Paralympians Fulfil Their Dreams In Tokyo

Sudhir Choudhrie | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Sport
Sudhir Choudhrie

UK Sport's decision to strip Wheelchair Rugby of its £750,000 a year funding was a chastening reminder that disabled sport in Britain remains a poor relation, struggling to keep its head above water.

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 09.08.2017 | 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 24.08.2017 | 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 23.07.2017 | 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 20.07.2017 | 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 31.03.2017 | 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.