Tag: access

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

It’s a lack of enforcement which has left attitudes towards disabled people pretty much unchanged, argues Professor Mike Oliver, and initiatives such as the Government’s Disability Confident can never be more than a busted flush. Since the Second World War the implementation of disability policy has been shaped by a tension between persuasion and enforcement. … Continue reading Persuasion’s failed as way of changing attitudes

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Highwayman Dick Turpin once famously preyed on travellers crossing Hounslow Heath. But now wheelchair user Ray Bellisario has found new danger on the town’s highways. It's a narrow winding road in suburban Hounslow on which cars, buses and rushing delivery vans whizz by. You are in a wheelchair wanting to get to Asda or any … Continue reading No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Helen Dolphin takes to the beach to test a new and revolutionary mobility vehicle developed by disabled users. Since becoming disabled (just under 20 years ago) I’ve tested many different types of wheelchairs and scooters. Some have had three wheels, lots have had four, a few have had five and some have even had caterpillar … Continue reading Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

After years of perceived and actual decline in its usage, the arrival of a new Braille tablet together with other advances in technology could be the saviour of the reading system which, Ian Macrae argues, is fundamental to the independence of blind people. I don’t know how sighted people feel about print. I know that … Continue reading Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The Download: Cuts, hotels and housing

For this edition of The download, Disability Now’s topical and lively discussion show, presenter Paul Carter is joined by Roger Lewis of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), James Price, MD of lobby group on hotel accessibility Access All rooms and also by Access consultant Tracey Proudlock. On the agenda, the Cameron government’s benefits cuts debacle, … Continue reading The Download: Cuts, hotels and housing

Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda

As the Government’s migration of disabled people from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) picks up pace, Ruth Patrick talks to members of the network which is determined to reveal Department for Work and Pensions’ hidden intentions. Replacing DLA to PIP was always about saving money. While it has been presented as … Continue reading Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda