I’ve been left on trains and called ‘a wheelchair’ – train companies need to improvfully e their treatment of disabled customers

A case in question showing how it is and this is not the exception, but the norm.

Disabled people have a right to be treated equally as with everyone else, they are not the problem. The problem is Society and those who should be there to assist.

The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) and amended by the Equality Act 2010 provided access conditions on businesses and operators to provide equal access for persons with disabilities so they can live their lives on a similar basis to those of us who do not have disabilities.

But these acts gave so many concessions to businesses and operators so that in many instances there did not, fully, have to comply.

It is some 13 years since the DDA and some 8 years since the Equality Act, surely sufficient time for all businesses and operators to provide equal access. Why should a person with disabilities have to make extensive plans ahead of venturing out when people with no disabilities can do this, virtually on the spur of the moment.

This is not right and should not be allowed to occur.

Come on the UK, for goodness sakes get your Acts together.

Scope's Blog

This week, BBC Rip Off Britain highlights the experience of disabled passengers on trains. Far too often, inaccessible transport stops disabled people from enjoying the same opportunities as everyone else. In some cases, people have been through stressful and upsetting incidents – from train staff forgetting them to being treated like an object. In this blog, Steph shares her experiences. 

Every day across the UK 100s of disabled people are left stranded on train platforms. As a wheelchair user, I use trains frequently to go to work and to socialise. But, of course, the one thing that I’m constantly aware of when travelling is accessibility.

When it comes to train travel, both locally and nationally, train companies have issues with the way that they deal with disabled people.

If you’re disabled, you always have to plan ahead

I have to plan my journey before I go anywhere in ways that non-disabled…

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In a wheelchair and want your benefits? You’ll need to take the stairs

This should be unbelievable, but with the DWP it is not. It is not as though they are not aware of the problems they are creating, their whole concept is to make it as difficult as possible for people to attend assessment and then they can sanction for a ‘no show’.

Employing disabled people isn’t just about building ramps | Scope’s Blog

Abbi was born with a genetic bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as ‘OI’ or brittle bones. In this blog, she talks about some of her own experiences and what she thinks needs to…

Source: Employing disabled people isn’t just about building ramps | Scope’s Blog

Shocking moment disabled mum is carried out of MTV gig in her wheelchair by four security guards

This is totally unacceptable any booking system should be able to be used by all who wish to. These actions of the staff is blatant abuse and discrimination of a disabled person,her daughter and her friend.

Criminal proceedings should be taken about the way this was dealt with by the MTV staff.

Benefit tales

Anna Roberts claims she was told to move because her wheelchair might “hurt” others despite being declined access to the disabled viewing platform

see the video here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shocking-moment-disabled-mum-carried-8534171

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Disabled woman abandoned on train in wheelchair after staff ‘forgot about her’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

A disabled woman says she was left on a train because staff forgot that she was using a wheelchair. Danielle Lavigne initially arrived at her destination on

Source: Disabled woman abandoned on train in wheelchair after staff ‘forgot about her’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

Dear Non-Disabled People…Don’t be Afraid to be Disabled | Dominick Evans

Given the fact that as an adult, you have probably seen or heard of charity telethons, you have probably also heard the host of such telethons discussing horror scenarios about the individuals you could be, “helping with your generous donation.” These are the same kinds of scenarios many of us with disabilities grew up hearing about in relation to the future of our own lives. You’ve probably also seen at least one film that features a non-disabled person pretending they understood disability, so they became a cripacature, and relied on harmful stereotypes, which does nothing but hurt how disability is viewed in our society. You probably can even name some of the films that have been awarded because the non-disabled world believes their performances are inspiring, heartfelt, and realistic, all while ignoring the cries of indignation from the community such performances have misrepresented.

The way we talk about disability, the way we look at disability, and the way we think about disability in this society is highly problematic. All of these inaccuracies seek to do is harm the disability community, and make all of you who are not disabled, afraid to join our ranks.

The truth is, you shouldn’t be afraid of becoming disabled. The chances of you becoming disabled or having a loved one become disabled, at some point in your life, is quite high. I’ve heard many of you saying things like, you’d rather be dead than disabled, you couldn’t handle my life, and you don’t know how I, or my other disabled friends, do it. You shouldn’t be afraid of having a disability,

Source: Dear Non-Disabled People…Don’t be Afraid to be Disabled | Dominick Evans

Stair-climbing wheelchair offers alternative to lifts and ramps | Reuters

Stair-climbing wheelchair offers alternative to lifts and rampsBY JIM DRURYStair-climbing wheelchair offers alternative to lifts and ramps (01:59)An electric wheelchair that can climb most stairs, including spiral staircases, has been developed by Zurich-based students.The Scalevo Wheelchair can mount one stair per second and was designed by 10 students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and the Zurich University of the Arts.

Source: Stair-climbing wheelchair offers alternative to lifts and ramps | Reuters

Disabled EastEnders Star Blasts Supermarket Trolls

Original post from Welfare Weekly



Disabled EastEnders star, Lisa Hammond, has slammed supermarket trolls for questioning the severity of her disability.

Lisa says she has been regularly abused by strangers in supermarkets, after being filmed stood up from her wheelchair in unforgettable scenes for the legendary soap.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, the 37-year-old wheelchair user says constant pain means she needs a wheelchair to remain mobile.

 But despite her obvious frailties, Lisa says people have thrown abuse at her and questioned why she needs a wheelchair when she has been filmed standing up.

Lisa told the Daily Star Sunday: “The main image of wheelchair users is that of paralysis. So when I get out of my chair to do a scene on my feet – and that all depends on how I’m feeling – people don’t like it.

“If I’m feeling good and want to walk in that scene, I will.

“But if I can’t or pain levels are bad then I’ll use my chair. I’ve been shouted at. I’ve had people say, ‘Oi, why are you in a chair when you were walking on EastEnders last night?’.

Lisa said the abuse she has been subjected to started long before she began appearing on EastEnders.

“This isn’t just to do with EastEnders, it’s been happening since before then.

“I’ve been shouted at in a supermarket for being in my chair even though I can walk.”

The 4ft 1in star, who viewers will soon see in raunchy scenes with Arthur “Fatboy” Chubb, says she tries to “laugh off” hurtful comments, but added they sometimes leave her “in shock and disbelief”.

“My size isn’t a problem but the pain is hard. I always push through. I’m so used to it now that I manage it quite well on my own.

“It’s tough sometimes, especially when the drugs aren’t working or when I’m over-tired. But I try to plan it. I tend to do long shooting days and then nothing.”

“It makes me sad that people can have such closed minds.

“People always think I’m this feisty girl and I can hold my own but in those moments you just don’t think of anything to say. It’s shock and disbelief. I have to laugh it off.”

According to the Daily Star, the BBC One show wasn’t specifically looking for a disabled person for Lisa’s character. But she was awarded the role following a convincing audition.

Now Lisa, who plays the outspoken and feisty character Donna Yates, will be seen romantically engaged with co-star Ricky Norwood – who plays Arthur “Fatboy” Chubb.

She said: “It was a bit nerve-racking at first. It was all a bit weird having to kiss a mate but that’s acting for you.

“I love how Donna is out there with her sexuality. Just because you’re in a chair doesn’t mean you’re not having fun.

“People think you don’t have the same desires as everyone else but, of course, you do.”  ……………’

Disabled man ‘asked to leave nightclub because he was safety hazard in his wheelchair’

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disabled man claims he was asked to leave a nightclub because he was a “safety hazard”.

Nate Williams has a form of cerebral palsy which affects his balance and co-ordination, and uses a wheelchair.

He visited Rosies club in Chester with friends last Friday night but he says he was told by doormen the floor he was on would shortly be closing.

When it did close he would be asked to leave because the upstairs floors were not wheelchair-friendly and the building had no lift or ramp, Nate says.

Nate was offered free entry until it was time for the floor to close, at which time he says a doorman asked him to leave – despite his protests he could walk upstairs with a friend’s help.

The 23-year-old from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said: “I have been on many nights out across the country and I’ve never been treated with such disrespect.

“I’ve been using a wheelchair since I was 12. I’m very active and compete regularly in athletics but they asked me to leave because I was a ‘safety hazard’ even though I had the full ability to walk upstairs and look after myself.”

He continued: “I have been to Rosies before and getting into the club is not very practical – escorted by a bouncer through a back alley, past rotten smelling bins and through two heavy fire-exit doors – but I didn’t mind as long as I was allowed in with my friends.

“What I didn’t appreciate was the way I was kicked out and not allowed to join my friends upstairs on the top floor.

“A hazard is defined as a danger to others and this made me feel like an inhuman creature that should not be part of society.

“It was the biggest example of discrimination I have faced in my entire life and it shouldn’t have happened.”

Nate said he left the club as he didn’t want to ruin his friend’s birthday by getting the whole group thrown out.

“I’m not trying to dissuade people from Rosies,” he said. “It’s a great place to have a night out but I’m just trying to point out the way they handled this situation is ignorant and disrespectful.”

A spokeswoman for Rosies said the safety of their customers was always a top priority.

“Complimentary entry was permitted through a private door to our ‘first floor’ area to enable the young man who was in a wheelchair to enjoy some time with his friends in our club,” the spokesperson said.

“The group were advised that this was the only area suitable for a wheelchair and that this area of the club would close around 12.30am.

“As customers then moved to the second floor the gentleman concerned expressed his displeasure when being asked to leave.

“The safety of our customers is paramount and given the building is listed and has no lift, or emergency ramp facilities, for the safety of the customer concerned, and our other guests, he was respectfully asked to leave at the time advised upon entry.”

Read the full article online: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-man-asked-leave-nightclub-6541383

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Woman paralyzed in car accident creates jeans for wheelchair users

Original post from Disabled Go News



After a devastating car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Heidi McKenzie, 29, was dead set on adapting to her new normal. She graduated college, started volunteering and won a beauty pageant.

But she couldn’t find a decent pair of jeans.

Across the U.S., an estimated 3.6 million people rely on wheelchairs to get around, according to the U.S. Census.

And while there have been significant advancements in wheelchair technology  and in including people with disabilities in major fashion shows, designers continue to leave out wheelchair users from their fashion-forward creations.

After her accident in 2007, McKenzie developed a supportive community that allowed her to move forward.

She works as a secretary at her dad’s Kentucky-based construction company, and volunteers at a number of organizations, including Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital where she helps spinal cord injury patients, she told Huff Post.

But it was when she competed in Ms. Wheelchair America that she found other likeminded women who faced the same struggles she does in trying to find trendy clothing that make her feel comfortable in her own skin.

When it comes to fashion for people with disabilities, the designs typically centre on functionality, and are mostly targeted toward the “elderly,” McKenzie said.

And while it’s true that people who use wheelchairs often need some special considerations when it comes to what they wear, that accessibility shouldn’t preclude style.

That’s why McKenzie teamed up with designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell to create Alter Ur Ego, a line of jeans that work for people who use wheelchairs.

The jeans are modeled after standard pairs, but have easily accessible pockets on the thighs and a tummy control panel, because “it’s impossible to suck in your gut,” McKenzie explained.

“I don’t dwell on the past nor would I want to change it,” McKenzie wrote in a recent blog post. “I wholeheartedly believe I am exactly where I need to be — designing clothing for people like me in wheelchairs.”

Read the full article online: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/woman-in-wheelchair-couldnt-find-pair-of-cute-accessible-jeans-so-she-designed-her-own

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