Changing Places: Why Disabled People Loos Out

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Toilets have been in the news – and not in a good way. Disability campaigners have been highlighting the horrendous issues faced by severely disabled people who need to visit the loo in places such as supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping centres, and are prevented from doing so because there are no “changing places” toilets. A […]

The 2030 Agenda: “Leaving No one Behind”

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On September 25th, 2015, some countries adopted a set of goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s set out by the United Nations looks at 17 different goals to ‘transform the world’. The principle of “Leaving No one […]

Coming up for Air: My Hidden Disability

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In 2010 I was diagnosed with an interstitial lung disease and life became very different from that day. My husband was with me at St Thomas Hospital when I received my diagnosis, and although the actual words of my consultant remain a vague blur, I can recall clearly sitting in a taxi and thinking South […]

Did Charles Dickens Suffer From PTSD?

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We think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as being a modern concept, but this most disabling condition is not new. A recently discovered letter reveals that the famous nineteenth century novelist Charles Dickens could well have been a sufferer, following a train crash that took place on the afternoon of 9th June, 1865. The […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Everyone says how the Christmas season starts earlier each year. For 2017 we seem to have gone straight from the Summer Bank Holiday into the festive buying frenzy, bypassing Autumn completely! Poor Autumn, her glorious displays of colour knocked off the shelf by some plastic glitter balls…(sigh). All those television commercials encouraging us to spend, […]

Seven Unexpected Reasons for Giving Blood

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We all know we can literally save lives by donating blood. But what are the other benefits? 1. Rule Out Nasty Viruses Upon giving blood, your donation is tested for some nasty viruses such as cytomegalovirus, West Nile virus, T-cruzi, malaria, human T-lymphotropic virus, hepatitis E, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis, and HIV. If any […]

New Magazine For Disabled Youth – Crypto

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MA students on the magazine journalism course at City, University of London, are embarking on a new magazine called Crypto. It’s a lifestyle magazine which speaks to disabled people. Dominika Kubinyova, spokesperson for the group, says: “We are cool, artsy and different than other magazines for the disabled… Most of the people who responded to […]

Chelmsford CVS E-Update #251 – Christmas, Disco, Equality, Future & GDPR

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Chelmsford Community Transport Karaoke Fundraising Night! Charity Karaoke Night, Raising Funds for Chelmsford Community Transport!! Grab that microphone and sing your heart out for a good cause! Enjoy a delicious Chinese buffet and a night of karaoke fun! Prizes for best…..and worst (!) singer!! Tickets are £23 per person, which includes the buffet. A £5 deposit […]

Disabled Living Newsletter – November 2017

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Children’s Christmas Card Competition Attention all children! WIN a fabulous prize To celebrate 120 years of providing services we are running a children’s Christmas Card Competition and would like you to design the front cover of Disabled Living’s e-Christmas card for 2017. Many years ago when our charity, Disabled Living was formed the organisation sent […]

Why (Some) Carers Eat Cake…

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Everyone is aware of the limitations and cost of social care provision. For those of us who have had to navigate the care system, the lack of person-centred care is all too evident. It isn’t the lack of social care that is the reason why so many of us are putting ambition, careers and family […]

Bella Vista! A Postcard from Lake Garda

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What destination can provide spectacular scenery, good weather and delicious food? Are you interested in water sports or walking, or is history or the arts more your thing? Then Lake Garda could be the ideal place for your next trip! Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and a good entry point to the region. Forget […]