Versatile electric wheelchair

WHILL’s new electric portable mobility device is seemingly everything one could wish for in a modern mobility aid. It’s key design feature is to offer the user real freedom to manoeuvre in almost any environment. Watch Mashable’s video here.

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Competition to prepare Britain’s roads for driverless cars

According to an article published on the Auto Express website today, by writer Hugo Griffiths, a competition to prepare Britain’s roads for driverless vehicles has been launched by Highways England and Innovate UK.

However, the cut off date of the competition is 18th March!

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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”

Why the tube strike is good for disabled people

Unless you’ve really been avoiding the news, you’ll know that there was a tube strike this week, and whilst the vast majority of commuters made alternative arrangements and many others took to social media to complain about their lot – for those of us who are wheelchair users it was just another day in paradise. Right?

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Planned Rail Strike *UPDATED*

Network Rail is planning for fewer than one in 10 trains to run if next week’s strike goes ahead, with Gatwick airport cut off in a peak holiday week and British steel production being brought to a halt, leaked documents setting out its contingency plans show.

*UPDATED* – Strike now cancelled – read more here

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Travelling the world in a wheelchair

James Ballardie and his girlfriend set out to travel the world by wheelchair. Instead of researching wheelchair access facilities for each destination on their list they simply embrace the local facilities and go with the flow. So far they have been through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, the USA, Japan and South Korea, and to date it’s been remarkably straightforward — until they reached China that is:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-31923342

Are disabled footy fans short changed?

 

Are you disabled and a fan of ‘the beautiful game’ and have found yourself thinking out loud that your clubs support for their disabled fans falls woefully short? This article may well interest you.

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