Category Archives: The built environment

Attracting wheelchair users makes business sense

A couple of years ago, I went to Barcelona.  As a wheelchair user who travels a lot, I am depressingly used to things being pretty hard work.  In many countries access is patchy at best (most wheelchair users therefore end … Continue reading

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A “black power” moment for disability?

At a medal ceremony at the main Olympic stadium in London during the Paralympics, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was roundly booed by many of the 80,000 crowd. A British social commentator later said that maybe this … Continue reading

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The value of the disabled wallet isn’t fully recognised

Two years ago I went to a wedding party in the UK, held at a friend’s bar in a basement.  As I went down in the lift to join the crowd below, he moaned “I spent £25,000 putting this lift … Continue reading

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Paralympics may mask London’s lack of infrastructure

We moved to Australia from the UK partly because it is a lot easier to get around here outside the home.  Buildings are newer, there’s more space, and generally people seem a bit more willing to help. Of course, this … Continue reading

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Why I harp on about parking

Like many disabled people, I may sound like a stuck record, going on and on about parking. The reason I do is because not being able to park near where you’re going has a huge direct, and often indirect, impact … Continue reading

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A point that everyone knows, extremely powerfully made

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Is this the only time you put yourself in our place?

Yes, maybe it is a controversial question. It clearly isn’t true of the majority. But I pose it, in order to make a serious point. Wherever you are on this planet, as a disabled person, your quality of life is … Continue reading

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“The lucky country” ….or is it?

I haven’t written this blog for a few months, because in July I moved to Australia.  I won’t go into detail here about the enormous logistical task it was for my wife, myself (and our cat) to relocate to the … Continue reading

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