Last week Airbnb completed the acquisition of Accomable. An accessible travel business I co founded in 2015 with Srin. What
My name is Martyn Sibley. I am a regular guy who happens to have a disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This means I cannot walk, lift anything heavier than a book or shower myself. Nonetheless I run Disability Horizons, am the author of ‘Everything is Possible‘, I have a Degree in Economics & a Masters in Marketing, I love travel (including an epic visit to Australia), I have great people in my life (including my soul mate), I drive my own adapted car, run my own business, have flown a plane, SCUBA dived, and I live independently on earth.
I'm not suggesting this was due to anything far out. Who knows. It could have been. But for me I think these vivid visualisations came true for a simple reason. Subconsciously I started looking for the little actions and opportunities. I began looking for ways to make my dreams come true.
09/08/2017 14:08 BST
<img alt="everybody banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5399116/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> There's lots of options for disabled children. I found a couple of sports clubs for disabled adults, but I'm looking for something more inclusive and outdoors. I really wanted to go swimming, but struggle with the temperatures in public pools. I did find a hydrotherapy pool, but it's far away and at awkward times.
20/07/2017 11:41 BST
Welcome to my latest post. A post sharing a kind of manifesto; my 'Marty-Festo' - see what I did there!? This means I'm going to share the experiences and lessons I have been through recently. Plus the present goals I want to achieve.
03/07/2017 16:12 BST
So I've had barriers, mishaps, and awesome experiences. As you can imagine it wasn't all so accessible decades ago. There were no raised platforms or accessible toilets. Even today there are still difficulties and challenges to overcome.
05/06/2017 16:24 BST
In this podcast Liz talks about the early battles. The hard campaigns fought just for disabled people to be heard. Let alone to win political and legal gains. It wasn't easy, quick or simple. But the original activists did it. Disabled people eventually got their legislative protection - the Equalities Act 2012 as it is now.
16/05/2017 11:38 BST
It's not so surprising to hear the take away was 'we've come far, but there's a long way to go'. However getting everyone together was very important. For disabled people to understand industry, and industry to understand disabled transport users. The solutions began flowing.
18/04/2017 14:28 BST
For regular readers of my blog, you'll know about my love affair with Tenerife. On my recent trip I obviously experienced the old favourites. The warm sun, the sea views, the vibrant surroundings. However I also experienced something completely new. You're going to be as surprised and delighted as I was!
03/04/2017 12:51 BST
So I figured why not get Phil and his motivating, kind, and helpful nature out there. As a podcast guest I could ask him other questions, relevant for you. The listeners. Plus I'd probably learn a whole load more myself. Which I did.
27/03/2017 13:51 BST
My vision is to run a podcast for disabled and non disabled people alike. Every guest will share an interesting story of their personal journey. The listeners will gain helpful insights, advice and optimistic words. Much needed with today's pessimistic media circus.
21/03/2017 13:00 GMT
27/02/2017 13:19 GMT
There's very few emails I dislike receiving. I love my job! However there's also only a few emails that I get extremely excited about. One of those such occasions was being invited to visit Mallorca at the end of last year.
27/01/2017 11:18 GMT
It's also been nice to raise the temperature by looking back at this year's travels, projects and favourite memories. Having noted my top ten memories, I've simply expanded them into this fun little post:
28/12/2016 14:13 GMT
I was just behind Britain's most decorated female Paralympian Sarah Storey in first, and Channel 4 presenter Alex Brooker in second. BBC presenter Andrew Marr who became disabled from a stroke was number 8.
05/12/2016 13:23 GMT
In the rest of society there are industries built on helping people with their lifes goals, growth and progress. Because disabled people need funding for care, equipment and adaptions; the biggest need and services in this industry is around our basic needs.
15/11/2016 13:31 GMT
Whenever I realise I'm in too many comfort zones I freak out. The signs are boredom, self created problems, fearing pointless future worries. Luckily I'm learning to catch these moments quicker with meditation.
14/11/2016 11:19 GMT
Zooming out further still we hear stories about disabled people in Southampton 'qualifying' to go into residential homes. Residential homes!? Can you imagine? Being a young adult like me, full of life, full of dreams, wanting to contribute to society -- being put in a home...
25/10/2016 15:40 BST
18/10/2016 13:42 BST
When I left my day job 5 years ago I had huge dreams, goals and plans. Do you know what? I nailed all of them, and more. So I've been wondering why I've spent the summer feeling foggy. I realised I've been going through one of those re-evaluating periods. It's something everyone should do from time to time.
12/10/2016 15:22 BST
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