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Why disabled actress Sam Renke is supporting Parallel London

The 3rd September sees the return of Parallel London, a mass-participation race for people of all abilities. Regular writer Carrie Aimes speaks to disabled actress Sam Renke, ambassador for Parallel London, about why the event is so important and why you should get involved. Despite her disability, 31 year-old Samantha Renke moved to London five years ago to pursue her

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Disability Rights Movement and music: if music be the food of change, play on

Editor of Disability United, Fleur Perry, talks about the importance of music in making voices heard and creating change, and reminisces about the songs from the height of the Disability Rights Movement. I feel I must apologise to fans of William Shakespeare for the title of my article, but perhaps I’ll be forgiven by the end. I must also apologise for

Disability and sport: how a little exercise can have a big impact

If you’re disabled, exercise can make a big difference to your life, and help to minimise some of the physical difficulties you experience. That’s why we’ve spoken to Yvonne Jacobs, a fitness coach that specialises in helping disabled people, for her top tips on how to get involved in fitness and sports if you’re disabled. Statistics show that people with disabilities

Top 5 accessible cities for wheelchair users

With the sunny weather and summer well and truly on its way, it’s time to start planning your holiday. So to help you prepare, we’ve asked Susie, who runs wheelchair travel reviews and resources website, to give us a run down the top five accessible cities to visit if you use a wheelchair. We all know that even though,

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Podcast series: activism through art with Tony Heaton

As part of a podcast series, Disability Horizons Co-founder Martyn Sibley will be interviewing famous and influential disabled people from the top 100 Power list to bring you a collection of entertaining and informative podcasts. This week, he talks to Tony Heaton, an artist and wheelchair users who worked as CEO of Shape Arts for many years, an organisation that

Disability and travel: 10 reasons to visit Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is a fantastic place for anyone with mobility requirements to visit. It’s easily accessible, has a vibrant nightlife and an expansive shopping district, stunning architecture and natural scenery. Accessible travel expert Carrie-Ann from Tourism for All recently visited. Here are the 10 resaons she thinks it’s the ideal place to visit for anyone with a

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Online dating: staying safe and having the best date

In our series on disability, sex and relationships, expert and resident agony aunt Tuppy – who runs Outsiders, a private club for disabled people looking for a relationship – answers your questions. This week we’re talking about online dating and staying safe. Dear Aunty Tuppy, I am a wheelchair user and still single at the age of 35. I am

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Arthrogryposis Awareness Day: have you heard of it before?

Like most people, you probably do not know what Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is. Well, Arthrogryposis Awareness Day on 30 June 2017 is a perfect opportunity to find out about this disability. Regular Disability Horizons writer Meghan, who has AMC, tells you all about it, and how you can get involved. My name is Meghan, I’m in my early twenties and

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The value of volunteering if you’re disabled

Have you ever considered volunteering? We hear from Disability Horizons reader Mark Wilson about how volunteering has become an incredibly positive part of his life, and has made a great impact on others too. My name is Mark Wilson and I am disabled. Or, as the brilliant disability activist Phil Friend might prefer me to say, impaired. My impairment is

Top healthcare tips for travelling abroad with a disability

Many of us disabled people have a list of medical requirements and tablets we need to take the length of our arms. So how can you ensure your healthcare needs are met when you’re travelling abroad? To help answer this question, we’ve spoken to Garry Nelson from specialist travel insurance company AllClear for his top tips on how to prepare