Disability and travel: accessible Scotland

If you have a disability, travelling is rarely straight forward. So that’s why we’ve teamed up with Carrie-Ann Lightley from Tourism for All, to bring you a series of articles to help make travelling easier and more accessible. Carrie-Ann has over 10 years’ experience working in the accessible tourism industry, and many years as a wheelchair traveller. Here we learn about

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The Very Alternative Guide to Spinal Cord Injury

‘Humour’ and ‘sudden paralysis’ are not typically two terms that would sit hand-in-hand. However, a new book has combined the two to deliver an alternative take on dealing with a life-changing spinal cord injury. “By incorporating humour into a book about sudden paralysis, there’s an element of controversy, though the people that deem it to be controversial are usually not

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Join Disability Horizons at Naidex 2016

Next week Disability Horizons will be exhibiting at Naidex 2016, where we’ll be able to check out the latest independent living products and innovative mobility aids and assistive technology. Here, we tell you why you should come along to the exhibition too. Naidex is a free event on from 27th to 28th April 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham. Naidex is a

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Blaine Harrison: how we can make music accessible

Blaine Harrison, who has spina bifida, is probably one of the most recognised disabled musicians and songwriters, best known for being the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Mystery Jets. We talk to Blaine about how he got into music and how we can all make music more accessible for everyone. The first memory Blaine has of music actually impacting

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Disability and entertainment: fighting delusions about disability

Hayleigh has a Masters in Creative Media Practises and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and she’s going to use her expertise to open up the world of entertainment to Disability Horizon’s readers. This month some delusions about disability are going to be put to the test. I have decided to become the heroine of

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Survey designed to improve the accessibility of websites

The Click-Away Pound Survey was created by Rick Williams to provide website owners with hard data about the business case for accessible websites. And so far the results are convincing. My company, Freeney Williams Ltd, has been working to help improve website accessibility and usability for disabled people for more than 13 years. I have worked closely with organisations, such as the

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Toilet trouble: the inaccessible accessible toilet!

I’m sure we have all had toilet trouble in the past, and disabled people are no different. However for many disabled people, there is an additional meaning to ‘toilet trouble’ – the inaccessible accessible toilet. For starters, the laws around accessible toilets are a bit fuzzy. Businesses are expected to make reasonable adjustments for disability. But what is reasonable and who

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We need to talk about disability hate crime

Last year Home Office figures showed that more than 52,000 hate crime offences were reported in England and Wales in 2014 – 15, an 18% increase on the previous year. The statistics also revealed that disability hate crime had risen by 25%, yet less than 4% had been reported. This forces the question of why disabled people do not report such incidents? What steps need

Tips to prepare you for traveling by wheelchair

Traveling by wheelchair does not have to be as difficult as you think. The secret is: plan way ahead! By ‘plan ahead’ I mean get yourself clued up on the best way to travel, the best hotels and the accessibility of the attractions you want to visit. If you make sure you have all the correct information and consider possible setbacks,

Disability and sport: why venues should be more accessible

We all know that sport and exercise is good for us, and can be an exhilarating pastime too. So why in 2016, when we have the Rio Paralympics coming up, is it still a struggle for some disabled people to access sport? Writer and avid sports fan Clive Gilbert explores. The goal was simple. Throw as many balls as close to the