Category Archives: Comment

Nuisance Call Blockers

By: A.C. A couple of years ago, I was fed up of spivs, con-men and fraudsters  who all somehow knew that my computer was badly infected with a virus and needed cleaning,  or other con-men who wanted into my bank details.  … Continue reading

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POEM: No One Else

By: S.W. No one else has seen me cry Went to their bed and hoped to die Ever heard my side of the story Lived my existence just my pain no glory No one else can regret my sins The troubled … Continue reading

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The UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons and The DWP

By: A.C. I think most disabled people who have been under the regime of the DWP in the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), will recognise since before 2010,  having  had their benefits cut, mobility vehicles taken away, and being generally demonised by … Continue reading

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Abolition of the Work Related Activity?

By: A.C. From the time of the announcement of the changes to be brought in on ESA/WRAG by Damian Green and Jeremy Hunt at the Tory Party Conference in September, a bit of confusion has reigned over ESA and what will … Continue reading

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How Studying Psychology Has Helped Me Cope With My Disability

By: E.R Throughout my life so far, I have always had a certain fascination with how people think and feel. From a young age I have been quite sensitive to how people are feeling and hold great empathy towards individuals … Continue reading

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“Treated Like A Criminal”

By: G.E. According to the Disability News Service the sister of a man who was driven to suicide by the Work Capability System also tried to take her own life after the way she was treated by the department for … Continue reading

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Police and Diversity Training

By: A.C. In recent times, there have been incidents which have occurred in the USA which show an initial inability to understand deaf mute or autistic people who have had an interaction with the Police. Acording to the BBC, in the … Continue reading

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Musicians With Disabilities Part 2

By: R.A. As a continuation to my earlier writing on this, let’s take a look at some other famous musicians with disabilities. Brian Wilson, lead singer of the Beach Boys.  On top of singing backing vocals, Brian was the bands songwriter … Continue reading

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Ready, Steady….Gone

By: G.E While researching another article, I came across a story on the Disability News Service website about Paralympians fearing they would lose their Motability  vehicles after being reassessed as part of the governments programme of cuts and reforms. Young wheelchair … Continue reading

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Deaths linked to benefit cuts

By: G.E. Since the cuts to benefits and the change from DLA to PIP, many people, after losing their benefits or being found “fit for work” after an ESA assessment, have taken their own lives. A story I found online … Continue reading

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Musicians with Disabilities Part 1

By: R.A. Music. What appeals to us? Who do we like or think is musically talented? Which musical acts do we rate for their achievements?  We have to immediately think of rock acts like Rudely Interrupted, or Heavy Load, the Brighton … Continue reading

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Does Not Compute

By: A.C. I note that, once again, the computer systems at the DWP hotline was described by Disability News Service as “ The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a fortnight, leaving disabled callers … Continue reading

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Pet Therapy

By: R.A. We know that pets provide us with good companionship…well sometimes.  If you are simply looking at pets, most are lovely and cute. Owners of pets may disagree, depending on their pet’s behaviour today.  Can we own a healthy … Continue reading

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Erraid Davies

By: A.C. Erraid Davies, from Shetland, is the youngest ever Commonwealth games medallist, and she did that by winning bronze in the para–sport Women’s 100m Breastroke.   Erraid has Perthes Disease, which has affected her hip joint since she was a child.  Some … Continue reading

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After the Battle on Iplayer and An Appeal for Infromation

By: S.W. My own parochial instincts kicked in on Saturday night when I felt unprepared to listen to Our English friends repeat jingoistic claims about winning against a sworn enemy of seventy years ago. This friendly played in Germany is of … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness On TV

By A.C. Have you been aware of more programmes on the BBC about Autism? The National Autistic Society have been campaigning to make people more aware through the Schools Awareness Week ( 14 -18 March 2016), and World Awareness Week (2 -8 … Continue reading

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Disabled People Are “An Afterthought” Say Lords

By: A.C. It would appear that the oft-despised Lords appear to be a friend to people with disabilities. In recent times they’ve played Parliamentary Ping –Pong – a Westminster Term for when legislation is passed back and forth between the Commons … Continue reading

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Grace and Thula

By: A.C. Yesterday on our Facebook Page we shared the BBC News item about Thula the Maine Coon Cat and her close friend Iris Grace, the daughter of Arabell Carter –Johnson. Arabella Carter –Johnson is a wedding photographer and author of … Continue reading

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The Gift of Life

By: S.W. I wrote an article in December 2013 promoting organ donation as I approached a major milestone in my life. I was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant in January 1994. Since then I have never failed to use … Continue reading

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Sister Rita to The Rescue

By: A.C. This spell of very dreich and gloomy weather has meant that I am watching more daytime TV that I would normally. On BBC at 0915 today ( 7/12/2015) and all week, is a programme about a Catholic Nun … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en and Wheelchairs

By: A.C. Halloween has been and gone, and Guy Fawkes Night is imminent. I was reminded of the mistaken cultural crossovers by my married daughter when she insisted that “Guisin” was really all about Penny for the Guy. With some … Continue reading

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Hidden Disability 2

By: A.C. Last year, I wrote about Hidden Disability, and the Hierarchy of Disability, which was to illustrate as best as I could, how both visibly disabled people, and society in general view hidden disability. Recently, BBC 3 has been … Continue reading

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Diabetes and the Meat-free campaign

By: A.C. The media have been running two contrasting stories this week relating to diet. One is a plea for folk to eat less meat, by giving up eating meat for one day on Monday 15 June or whenever you … Continue reading

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Losing Motability

By: A.C. It has more than abundantly clear to our readership, that the disabled under the present UK Government have been targeted for swingeing cuts on benefits and welfare. Sixteen year old Paralympian and Commonwealth Games athlete Kayleigh Haggo from … Continue reading

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The Welfare Reform Tracking Study

By: A.C. A study carried out by Edinburgh’s Napier University on behalf of the Scottish Government, entitled the Welfare Reform Tracking Study, and has been released. Details of the Study itself can be found here. The Study was carried out … Continue reading

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Possible Benefits Changes?

By: A.C. Last year I wrote an article regarding tax payments which cost me a great deal of money repaying Income Tax through no fault of my own. At that time I had also read about a proposal by Ian … Continue reading

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Budget and Benefits

By: A.C. How many of us actually viewed the Chancellor’s speech last week? Only the political journalists and politicians I would think, with the rest of us cherry–picking items that might affect us, as we completed our crosswords or did … Continue reading

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Top Billing

By: G.F. One way film and television companies attract viewers is to employ very high profile actors in their productions. I sometimes check out the cast lists involved before deciding to watch a particular film or television drama. I have … Continue reading

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Parking by Card

By A.C. Do any of you remember Angus Og, a comic strip in the Daily record, by Ewen Bain? I loved the deep cutting insight and gentle, wry humour of the genius that was Ewen Bain. One comic strip I … Continue reading

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The Benefits of CCTV

By: J.M. On Thursday February 20th , a 31-year-old registered blind man, who is also profoundly deaf, from Ipswich, was waiting for a train with his brother and friend. He was attacked by two men and pushed on to the … Continue reading

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Insight Radio

By:A.C. Have you ever had those little messages appear on your Freeview TV that advise you to re-tune as Channel Information has changed? Usually after re –tuning and then checking to see what is new about the list on offer, … Continue reading

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Smartphones

By: A.C. A report out today “found people in Scotland spent more time on media and communications than other UK nations”. It goes into statistics and percentages of what devices are used, how folk access news, social media and what … Continue reading

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Success at the Games

By: G.F. Having enjoyed watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London on the television I wondered how the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow might compare. With considerably less money available to host the Glasgow Games it was difficult to know … Continue reading

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TV Presenters

By: A.C. I think most people will be familiar with Ade Adepitan, who over the years has reported on disability issues, and filmed documentaries of all kinds. I caught the new BBC Travel Show where he is now a presenter … Continue reading

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Passing on the Coin for Social Inclusion.

By: E.S. His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen offers specific services to allow members of the public with disabilities better access to performances. These services are named: audio description, touch tour, audio described performance, BSL signed performance, captioned performance. I’ll explain … Continue reading

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Breaking the (fashion) Law and More

By: E.S. I was looking for a new coat so I clicked on to ‘Diesel’ and my blood pressure went up. On the cover page: a girl with a great haircut, beautiful make up, a nice top, and, it appears, … Continue reading

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Pavement Parking Pitfalls

By A.C. The problem described in this article and survey from the BBC has been a problem for decades, as everyone who uses the  pavements knows. The problem for most enforcement agencies, which used to be the Police & Traffic … Continue reading

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Hidden Disabilities

By: A.C. The link to the Huffington Post article on our Facebook Page about looking well, and having hidden disability is something I understand very well. Last week I was in local supermarket, walking through the open space where double … Continue reading

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Side-effects

<Editor’s Note: If you are worried about side-effects or drug interactions please do not take it upon yourself to stop taking your medication. Instead  raise any questions with your GP.> By: A.C. In filling out benefits forms there is usually … Continue reading

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Definitions.

By: A.C. You are reading this blog, so you have an interest in disability.  There are different definitions for “Disability”, used by the Department of Work and Pensions for Benefit Purposes, Tax Concessions for blind people, and the Blue Badge … Continue reading

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Fundraising

By A.C. Have any of you ever seen afternoon TV on some of the digital channels?   Expensive TV adverts skilfully filmed and produced in a way that is designed to pull heartstrings and loosen purse –strings for all kinds of … Continue reading

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Colostomy, Hairiness and Nervousness.

By: A.C. Surgeons have always seemed like Formula 1 racing car engineers to me. There is an air of enthusiastic positivity to get “ the bonnet up and see what’s wrong in there”. The day before my surgery, my surgeon … Continue reading

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