Disability Rights UK

Posted · Add Comment

Disability Alliance, the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) and Radar have now unified to form ‘Disability Rights UK’. The new charity, Disability Rights UK will be led, run and controlled by disabled people, with disabled people making up at least three-quarters of its board members. Disability Rights UK will focus on: *promoting “meaningful” independent […]

Tripbod

Posted · Add Comment

Europe’s leading Accessible Travel organisation, Tourism For all UK is teaming up with the global travel community on Tripbod.com. The aim is to find as many local people as possible with a knowledge of accessibility in their area to become ‘Tripbods’ and offer their local knowledge to visitors. Tourism For All’s Carrie-Ann Fleming, says “it’s […]

The Way I See It – Means Tested Benefits

Posted · Add Comment

It can be said that an organisation can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. In this respect, a recent report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee highlights worrying issues for the government. The poorest fifth of households rely on means tested benefits for a third of their income, and this accounts […]

Low Web Flow for DisabledGo

Posted · Add Comment

An online guide providing disabled access information for the Essex area has proved disappointing, with few users logging on. Tendring Council provided £46,500 for the DisabledGo project, designed to help boost tourism by featuring information on local venues including hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. Marks and Spencer provided a further £30,000 in sponsorship. The site […]

First Site- opening this Saturday

Posted · Add Comment

Firstsite presents Culpable Earth, the first major solo exhibition by British artist Steven Claydon in a UK public gallery. The exhibition, which runs from 4 February – 7 May 2012, includes newly commissioned sculpture, video, painting and print, developed by the artist and shown for the first time. To accompany his exhibition, Claydon has curated […]

Making New Year Resolutions Achieveable

Posted · Add Comment

Have you stuck to your new year resolutions? I wonder how many of us got further than the list of possible changes we wanted to make and put them into action? If your changes were big ones this could be the problem. Our brain chemistry reacts to big changes with the “fight-or-flight” response. This means […]

Hairy Toes

Posted · Add Comment

Why is it when we grow old, that we have to get so hairy? It’s not even something that we’re told, and to be honest it’s getting quite scary. I never used to pluck so much, in fact I never did, but at least I can’t now see my crutch, so at least that areas […]

No One Tells You

Posted · Add Comment

No one tells you how you’ll feel, When the world outside becomes so real, When you’re all grown up with decisions to make, No one tells you they’ll be people who’ll take. No one tells you be careful with your mind, Or that one day you’ll be much less than kind, When you’re all grown […]

House of Lords Favour DLA Over Reform

Posted · Add Comment

The House of Lords tonight inflicted three defeats in a row on the government’​s welfare reform bill., bringing fresh hope that disability living allowance may yet be saved from the axe next week. Read more at: www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/latest-news/1511-esa-changes-savaged-in-lords?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Benefits and Work&utm_content=esa+victory

Hate Crime in the news

Posted · Add Comment

In recent years, the disabled community has been flooded with names and stories that hint at intolerance and discrimination gone tragically too far: Fiona Pilkington, Raymond Atherton, Rikki Judkins, Steven Hoskin, Barrie-John Horrell, Kevin Davies, and Colin Greenwood to name only some of those affected. All seven of those names belong to people whose lives […]

An insight into Psychopathological Disorders

Posted · Add Comment

Psychopathological problems are known as abnormalities in a person’s mental health that can make it difficult for people to function adequately, so we might deviate from social norms and an ideal state of mental health (in some cases) without realising it. The abnormalities a person may suffer can be caused by illness and disorders like […]

Fitness Myth!

Posted · Add Comment

Fitness Myth…… Doing lots of stomach exercises will ‘get rid’ of my fat stomach- false!! This is because abdominal exercises, such as sit ups only target a small proportion of muscles in the body. It burns few calories and fails to raise the body’s heart rate. What will help you ‘get rid’ of that fat […]

National Star College

Posted · Add Comment

Tucked away beneath a hill, deep in the Gloucestershire countryside is a cluster of buildings which make up the National Star College. This wonderful place is a centre of inspiration for young adults (aged between 16 and 25), with physical and sensory impairments. The can-do philosophy that the college centres on, allows its residents to […]