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Disability discrimination: is it happening to you?

Have you ever experienced discrimination because of your disability? Writer Rebecca Sherwood, who uses a wheelchair, talks about the many different types of discrimination, from accessibility issues to prejudices, and how it can come in many different guises. Unfortunately, as disabled people, we can probably all recall instances where we haven’t been treated as equals. To be discriminated against is

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Disability and relationships: how to gain confidence and ace a 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, she gives her tips on gaining confidence, having a great date and knowing when and how to talk about sex for the first time. Dear Aunty

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How you can help change the lives of disabled people in developing countries

Being disabled comes with its difficulties. But many of us have it a lot easier than others. Around the world, millions of disabled people live in developing countries, often in poverty, shunned by society and without support. We hear from charity Motivation about how it’s unlocking the potential of disabled people and giving them a fair chance in life. Read

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Disability and sex: being intimate when you have chronic pain

If you have a disability, especially one that causes you pain, sex can be tricky. But there are ways around it. We hear from one reader about how she not only had to come to terms with living a new life after becoming disabled, but also learning how to have and enjoy sex again. Read on to find out how

Disability and travel: accessibility in Hampshire and the South Downs

Experienced traveller, Martyn Sibley, Co-founder of Disability Horizons, tells us about his recent trip to Hampshire, and stay in an accessible cottage. But, even the most seasoned traveller can come up against issues… As much as I love winter warmth abroad, I do love a British cottage. To come back to a warm room from a crisp country st/roll is a

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The Traffic Life Game: making talking about tricky situations easier

Earlier this year we heard about the new board game, Removing Barriers, which aimed to help people and businesses understand the access needs of people with disabilities. Now, a new game has been created, The Traffic Life Game, to help people with learning disabilities talk about tricky social situations and relationships. Relationships and social situations are full of grey areas

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Top 5 assistive technologies to feature at Naidex 2018

Once again, Europe’s largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to independent living will return to the Birmingham NEC. Naidex will be back for its 44th year on the 25th and 26th of April 2018, gathering healthcare professionals, trade and the public together for a truly unforgettable edition of this renowned event. Ahead of the event, we’ve asked Naidex to round-up

Wheelchair accessible vehicles: all you need to know to buy the best

Wheelchair accessible vehicles, commonly referred to as WAVs, can make life so much easier if you use a wheelchair. But they’re not cheap – costing upwards of £16,000. So, to make sure you spend your money wisely and get the best model for you, we’ve asked WAV Compare to talk you through the different types, costs and the best ways to

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Asperger’s: here’s how to make the most of your positives to find love

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, how to make the most of your positive attributes if you have Asperger’s to help you find love and once you’ve found it. Dear Aunty Tuppy

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Mencap Journalism Awards 2017: changing attitudes towards learning disability in the media

Trying to change attitudes towards learning disabilities in the media can be difficult. However, for a group of young journalists, they have made steps towards achieving that goal having won the first ever Mencap Journalism Awards. Our contributor, Emma Purcell, was one of the winners and tells us her story. The Mencap Journalism Awards was set up to encourage budding