Just to say…

As much as I enjoy writing, I hate writing speeches. And that’s what this is, not a news piece or a report or a question explored; it’s a speech. A farewell speech. I’m off. I need to prioritise other projects and take care of my health. I’ll miss the lot of you, but you won’t be forgotten. It’s been a

Button by Neatebox

In the true spirit of innovation one man is paving the way in field of accessible road crossings. Gavin Neate, founder of Neatebox, is developing smartphone apps to support independent living, one of which named, simply Button, is offering users hands free access at controlled crossings. By installing the free Button app, users can set up their smartphones to effectively

UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab

The world is in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals is the pledge that “no-one will be left behind” with governments undertaking to reach “the furthest behind first”. The Sustainable Development Goals have renewed international focus on the need for much greater social inclusion, and for the need for deliberative action

Where Can Unpaid Carers Find Support?

An unpaid carer is someone who provides essential care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour. It is estimated that there are 6.5 million unpaid carers in this country. That is a huge figure – equivalent to 1 in 8 adults – and the vital role of unpaid carers should not be overlooked. For some, caring is a

How to Make Transport Accessible? We need your help!

The government has launched a Draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan, and wants to know what you think. The Draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan Responses need to be in by 15 November 2017, and we want you to help us put together a response. Your experience and ideas could be the key to making trains, plans,

Supporters Show Care Act Appeal Matters

Last February, the High Court found that Oxfordshire County Council was not in breach of the Care Act 2014 when it cut his care package by almost a half, despite Luke highlighting that this could present risks to his mental health. Last week, an appeal was brought by Luke Davey. Supporters gathered outside the courts and closely followed all proceedings

Too Few Hotels in the UK Have Hoists

I think I caught the travel bug quite a while ago. But when I was travelling with my family including my dad who would just throw wherever was needed it was easy. Now, I live independently and so travel with PAs (or more recently my boyfriend). I’m constantly on the hunt for places I can go and it’s tricky because

Don’t be Bitten by Loan Sharks!

Question: I am a disabled lady who lives alone. I don’t receive much Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and sometimes struggle to get by. My son told me about a man he works with called Gary that does cash loans for friends of friends. I decided to borrow £550 from Gary to buy a new electric bed. He came round my

Be a High Street Hero This September

In a fresh bid to raise awareness and tackle alarmingly high rates of assistance dog refusals, the charity Guide Dogs is launching its ‘High Street Heroes Week’ this September. The event will run from 4th until the 10th September and campaigners across the country will visit local businesses promoting the access rights of assistance dogs and their owners. Since the

Free the Emergency Cords!

If you’ve ever used an accessible toilet and caught sight of an unruly emergency cord, one that’s been mistreated, tangled up or cut short, you might be in need of a Red Cord Card. After reading thousands of disabled access reviews on Euan’s Guide, we spotted the one thing that was being brought up again and again: too many people