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Mark Lane: Gardeners’ World’s first presenter in a wheelchair

Garden landscape designer and writer Mark Lane is the UK’s first disabled presenter to join the long-running BBC Gardeners’ World team. He was born spina bifida and has myalgic encephalopathy, both of which he was diagnosed with in later life. Our writer Zubee caught up with him to find out more about his career to date and love of garden design. Mark’s career

Disability and travel: accessible Portugal and Lisbon

Back in July, we heard from sisters Daniela and Rita, founders of Portugal 4all Senses, as they rounded up the top 10 accessible attractions in Lisbon. Our very own Martyn Sibley recently visited Lisbon with Portugal 4all Senses to experience its accessibility for himself. Here’s what he found. Upon meeting Rita and Daniela in Lisbon, Kasia and I felt like we had known them

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Using my experiences with disability to help others

Julie Moss hasn’t had it easy. A turbulent childhood and catalogue of illnesses meant she struggled to find peace and happiness for a number of years. But her experiences have equipped her with the skills to start and develop her charity, Unique Women and Families, aimed at helping others like her. My name is Julie Moss and I was born

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Step and Stone: a Bristol-based bakery training people with learning disabilities

Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people, and only one in every 16 people with a learning disability is in paid employment in the UK. The statistics are stark, but the good news is that social entrepreneurs are tackling this challenge head-on. Jane Chong and Jane Kippax, both parents of children with Down’s syndrome, are

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Living through austerity with a learning disability

As Theresa May promises to end austerity, we hear from the author of Austerity’s Victims, a book that looks at the real effects of austerity on people with learning disabilities. How close are many disabled people to the poverty line and what does it mean for their day-to-day lives? My name is Neil Carpenter and I was born in 1950

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How assistive technology can support dyslexia

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week (1st of October – 7th October), which is organised by the British Dyslexia Association. Despite most people being aware of the condition, there are still misconceptions about dyslexia, so this week is important to highlight the condition, bust myths and to shed light on the provisions and strategies out there to support the condition

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Making changes toward inclusive employment for disabled people

We all know that finding work if you have a disability can be tricky. But some businesses are starting to see the value in being inclusive employers. Find out how industries are changing for the better, and why volunteering could give you the boost you need to get into employment.  This summer we ramped up our social media marketing services, to ensure

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Forget Me Not: a film about inclusive education

LATEST NEWS | LATEST NEWS | LATEST NEWS | LATEST NEWS | LATEST NEWS US director Olivier Bernier has been awarded $400,000 to make a film about the search for his son’s inclusive education. Olivier Bernier’s film was selected from more than 150 entries around the world for the Videocamp Film Fund 2018.  New York-based director, Olivier Bernier, has been selected as the recipient of the

Disability and travel: why Berlin and Hamburg are definitely worth visiting

Disability Horizons writer Wolf, a wheelchair user from New Zealand, has set off on a four-month-long trip to a number of cities across the world. In the second article of the series, he talks about why Berlin and Hamburg in Germany are definitely worth visiting. Berlin – accessible transport No matter what you’re interested in, Berlin is jam-packed with attractions.

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Disability and relationships: a different way of looking at sex

Sex and relationships expert, Tuppy Owens, shares an article from her new website, School of Sex (www.School-of-Sex.info), which aims to educate people on sex and disability by sharing advice and real-life stories.  Contributors to the website are sexually experienced disabled people and those who support them: professionals such as sex workers care staff and enablers. She has searched the globe for