Tag Archives: disabled access

Down the down escalator

A couple of weeks ago I used my Huffington Post blog to pay tribute to Glyn Worsnip, a stalwart of Radio 4 throughout the 1980s. Sharing his experience on air of being diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, the illness that cost … Continue reading

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The Thundersley Invacar

As a young child in the early ’70s I’d go along with Jen to many of her doctors’ appointments. We’d get picked up from home by an old ambulance – converted into a sort of minibus – which would do … Continue reading

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The Milky Way

The Milk Marketing Board produced some of the most memorable advertising of the early ’80s with slogans like ‘fresh milk’s gotta lotta bottle’ and ‘nice cold, ice cold milk’. Odd times, when prime time TV featured ads for no-brand staples … Continue reading

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Get on the bus

In a significant milestone for disabled rights, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of wheelchair user Doug Paulley’s argument that a bus company hadn’t done enough to get a woman with a pushchair to heed the sign ‘Please vacate this … Continue reading

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Snake on the train

Dismayed to read in the news this week that Eurostar, as ‘a temporary policy’, has been using one of the two disabled toilets on some of its trains to store passengers’ bicycles. Apparently this was in lieu of adequate designated … Continue reading

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The 55 steps

Window dressing versus real accessibility That same Friday morning last month, when I’d inadvertently counted the steps at Barbican tube station, I purposely counted the steps at the gym. Disabled friendly it ain’t. First there’s a steep flight of stairs … Continue reading

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The 23 steps

Coming ‘face-to-ear’ with cerebral palsy The loss of my twin sister can show itself in the most unexpected places. Whenever I go somewhere new, I’m aware I’m inadvertently addressing its accessibility – Are there any steps? If so, how many? … Continue reading

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Not keeping it on the level

The crazy design of my disabled twin sister’s school Last week in my Huffington Post blog, I wrote a piece bemoaning the lack of a past for my old school, Outwood Grange Comprehensive, near Wakefield. It was as if the … Continue reading

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