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Mik Scarlet

Broadcaster, Journalist, Disability Equality Campaigner.

Mik Scarlet began his career performing in the rock bands, before being spotted by a TV producer in 1989. He quickly became one the UK's first disabled celebrities, presenting programs for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and acting in shows such as Brookside and 2.4 Children. In 1992 the kids TV show he fronted Beat That won an Emmy and was nominated for a BAFTA. He was lead reporter for the BBC2 news magazine show From The Edge for 10 years, and worked for BBC Radio as reporter and DJ. At the height of his career he was involved in a car accident and broke his back for a second time, leading him to retire to undergo surgery to repair his spine. Luckily Mik returned to full health and started up an access consultancy, advising business on how to advance inclusive practice. Mik became one of the UK's leading experts on inclusion, with a special focus on public transport, the retail and entertainment sectors and hospitality. Mik is currently working with Network Rail, London Underground and Uber training staff and management around best practice for the provision of service for disabled customers and employment of disabled staff. In 2012, Mik returned to the media when he performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and presented at the wheelchair rugby. Next he DJed on his own music program for Total Rock Radio, which ran for over a year, and presented occasional specialist music shows for BBC3CR. Since then Mik has appeared on various news and current affairs programs, such as The Wright Stuff, Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Sky News, both as a commentator and reporter. Mik also is an occasional reporter for C5 News. Mik is happily married to the wonderful Diane and lives in Camden, in the heart of London.
Pain - a Personal

Pain - a Personal Insight

As I approach my fifth day without sleep I must admit I am finding the thought of battling my way through until bed time a daunting concept. You may notice I use words like fighting, battling and defences. I do so as when you are in the grip of very high levels of pain you really feel like you are at war.
31/03/2014 11:20 BST
My Own Paralympic Legacy or How Poor Access Can

My Own Paralympic Legacy or How Poor Access Can Kill

Better access for disabled people benefits everyone. I wonder how many of you have tripped while walking over cobbles or uneven Yorkstones? Now imagine what it would feel like if that injury might threaten your life... all in the name of liking old things!
17/03/2014 13:01 GMT
The Story of a Boy Who Nearly

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.
19/02/2014 14:37 GMT
Big Benefits Row - A Story From Behind the

Big Benefits Row - A Story From Behind the Row

Last night I took part in the <a href="http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-big-benefits-row-live/episodes/the-big-benefits-row-live" target="_hplink">Big Benefits Row</a> on <a href="http://www.channel5.com/" target="_hplink">Channel 5</a>, if only as an audience member.
06/02/2014 12:29 GMT
When They Come for

When They Come for You?

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?
13/01/2014 12:06 GMT
Shape Creatives - the Shape of Things to

Shape Creatives - the Shape of Things to Come

Shape Creatives is a series of seven films highlighting the cream of talent within the Disability Arts scene. Funded by the Arts Council and the Lottery Fund through the arts charity Shape Arts it captures a moment at which I feel Disabled Art is about to break through into the mainstream.
19/12/2013 10:59 GMT
Who Says We Can't Be

Who Says We Can't Be Sexy?

I have become a bit evangelical around issues of sex and disability. When I started my career as a TV presenter and journalist in the early 1990s I convinced Channel 4 to commission a documentary on the subject called Willing and Able, which I think explored many of the issues that Enhance The UK are still trying to confront over twenty years later.
20/11/2013 11:47 GMT
Is This a Taste of Tomorrow's

Is This a Taste of Tomorrow's NHS?

Earlier this week I tasted my first experience of the NHS under the new regime of NHS/Private partnerships through the GP commissioning of services... and it wasn't good.
14/11/2013 11:53 GMT
Faith? Please Cure Us of This

Faith? Please Cure Us of This Myth

One Sunday one of our merry band was having his regular bedside Mass with his priest and his Mum, when the priest asked us all to join with them. When we all refused the way the priest replied to us has stuck with me throughout my life. "Well if you don't believe then you deserve to be sick. God is punishing you all for your lack of faith".
11/11/2013 11:37 GMT
Oh, Lucky

Oh, Lucky Man

I have always been lucky when I needed help though. When I was a child my Mother was always there for me, and when I was very ill as a teenager she got me through a period that was one of the darkest imaginable. That is lucky enough, but to then find a partner who equally cares for me is like winning the lottery every weekend.
07/11/2013 13:10 GMT
Access All Area, Live Arts and Disability - a

Access All Area, Live Arts and Disability - a Review

For several decades a growing group of highly talented artists have been honing their skills and developing their methods and techniques in their goal to create engaging, challenging, though provoking work that is also beautiful and stunning while leaving an indelible valuable mark on whoever interacts with it.
31/10/2013 12:59 GMT
What Did You Just Call

What Did You Just Call Me?

So what is it that makes "cripple", "freak, or "spaz" so offensive to some people? Another participant in our twitchat stated it was to do with how they were understood and used by the wider society.
18/10/2013 10:50 BST
Club to Catwalk - 80s Fashion, Just Not as I Remember

Club to Catwalk - 80s Fashion, Just Not as I Remember It

When our mate Sarah suggested a night out at the V&A at their retrospective of 80s fashion Club To Catwalk my wife and I jumped at the chance, especially when we all agreed to dress up in a New Romantic/80's style-e.
02/09/2013 16:09 BST
Cross About

Cross About Crossrail!

On Thursday 29 August I attended the first event of a week of action by disabled people over the many issues currently facing our community. The protest I made my way to was over Crossrail and the fact that several stations along the route of this massive infrastructure project were not going to have step free access...
02/09/2013 13:11 BST
Thoughts From a

Thoughts From a Sickbed

I could bleat on about how sad and tragic the last few weeks have been for poor little sick me, however I would rather use the experience to explore how these hidden elements of any impairment impacts on the lives of many disabled people.
11/08/2013 14:06 BST
The End of

The End of Solidarity?

The point is that we are both disabled, both face barriers thrown up by society and we work together to ensure our world us more accessible. All disabled people should be taking this direction. We must not start fighting amongst ourselves over who deserves more, even if what is offered to us all is getting less and less.
23/07/2013 14:42 BST
Not Going to Take It Sitting

Not Going to Take It Sitting Down

I am afraid that I have to tell you all that it's a difficult time to be disabled in the UK right now. Whatever the pros and cons of the current benefit reforms might be, the wildly contradicting reports and views from the media mean that those people who are personally effected by the changes are under a considerable amount of stress and worry about what the future might hold.
15/07/2013 11:27 BST
How Was School? - Oral History That Should Shape

How Was School? - Oral History That Should Shape Policy

Come on folks, let's integrate all of our children into one school system. All our kids should go to the same school, grow up knowing that there are all types of people in this world and that they are just as worthy and worthwhile as everyone else in our society.
01/07/2013 11:27 BST