Blind Gent refused entry to restaurant

A blind man and his guide dog were refused a table at a Chinese restaurant in Glasgow after being told that his dog was ‘an inconvenience.’

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Disabled Access Day 2017

Here’s a date for your diaries, well actually, here’s 3 dates for your diary!  Continue reading Disabled Access Day 2017

A very unpleasant experience for a wheelchair user at Clapham Junction

Blog by TfA member Chris. This blog and its content reflect the views of the author only.

Clapham Junction is a busy and important transport hub in South London, and I’m pleased to say that it has step-free access to all platforms, and wheelchair ramps on every platform.

But lifts and ramps are not enough to make a station disabled-friendly. The attitude and behaviour of the station staff matter hugely. Continue reading A very unpleasant experience for a wheelchair user at Clapham Junction

Finding peace in a field

For most of us, day to day life with a disability is one of ‘routine’. Not that it is usually possible to keep a routine, by using the word ‘routine’ I mean that day to day the same things tend to happen; you wake up tired or in pain, you have a shower and feel exhausted, you get dressed and need a rest, and so on.

However, this article is not about chronic fatigue, or exhaustion, it is instead about how one goes about the task of gaining some relief from mental fatigue.

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Wheelchair User vs Buggies

Doug Paulley was told he could not get on a bus to Leeds in 2012 when a mother with a pushchair refused to move.

He says FirstGroup’s “requesting, not requiring” policy is discriminatory, but the bus operator says it is the most feasible that can be employed.

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Shared spaces

One of the most frustrating things facing disabled people today is the amount of establishments that insist on creating shared toilet spaces. Continue reading Shared spaces

New year, new m……. yawn!

So our social media feeds are packed with people publicly stating that they’re making changes or resolutions for the year ahead. Yawn!

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Autism, but why?

As any parent to an autistic child will tell you, getting a diagnosis is a long and exhausting journey. But how do you know if your child is autistic? Is it down to genetics?

Autism is a complex developmental disorder, and diagnosing it properly usually involves a combination of different tests. In the latest issue of JAMA, scientists provide the most up-to-date assessment yet of which tests work best for detecting genetic mutations associated with certain kinds of autism. Categorising the various forms of autism will be important to guide parents to the proper care, the researchers say.

Traditionally, autism is diagnosed with behavioral tests that assess whether kids are meeting developmental milestones, such as talking, interacting with their parents and siblings, and learning to give and take in social situations. In recent years, researchers have been working on other ways to detect and potentially diagnose autism. Scientists have identified more than 100 genes connected with a higher risk of developing autism.

Read more here.

PLEASE sign and share our petition

One of our members, Sheila, shared her upsetting experience with our group members today, and we wanted to share it with you too. It highlights the plight faced by many disabled drivers and passengers, not only here in the UK, but the world over. A selfish, me first, screw you attitude that many people cultivate when behind the wheel of their chosen automobile. This is why we not only need disabled parking bays protected, we also need car parks to be more thoughtfully designed.  Continue reading PLEASE sign and share our petition

At last, an activity tracker for wheelchair users!

The market has been flooded in the past few years with all sorts of different activity trackers for fitness buffs. But a company called ‘Chaotic Moon Studios’ has just announced they are testing a prototype for a different kind of activity tracker. It’s called Freewheel, and it is designed for people in wheelchairs. Continue reading At last, an activity tracker for wheelchair users!