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Physically disabled in Athens a survival guide

Physically disabled in Athens a survival guide

I am on the Patient Advisory Board for the RADAR-CNS project. This is an exciting and ground-breaking project and rather than me explaining it, I suggest you go to their website which is HERE. This year their annual conference was in Athens and I was there for four days in mid May. If you are […]

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Disabled man sees Iolanthe at the Coliseum

Disabled man sees Iolanthe at the Coliseum

The Wife and I went up to London to see Iolanthe, a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta performed by the English National Opera (ENO). It was a fantastic performance, bit frothy but we both enjoyed it. You’re probably thinking that we are rolling in money and with rather aristocratic tastes. Nothing could be further from the […]

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Berkhamsted station is step-free

Berkhamsted station is step-free

At long last the lifts at Berkhamsted station are working. It is a step free station.. The lifts were opened to the public on Friday 13 March. It has been an awfully long wait. They started the building work in early 2014 and it was finished by January 2015. People had been seen going up and […]

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Railway stations, access for disabled travellers

Railway stations, access for disabled travellers

A friend alerted me to this article from the Independent. It describes how funding to improve access for disabled passengers at railway stations is being slashed. The United Kingdom considers itself to be a civilised country but so many train stations are not disabled friendly, they are inaccessible? I won’t paraphrase the article. Instead I […]

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Another Rant, this time Arriva buses

Another Rant, this time Arriva buses

On Tuesday 1st October I had to catch a bus from Aylesbury to Berkhamsted. Arriva buses operate this service, the 500 bus. As I was about to get on the 17.25 bus the driver said that he would not allow me on because there was no space for my mobility scooter. I was told to […]

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MS Clinics, reducing missed appointments

MS Clinics, reducing missed appointments

South Devon Health Care tested a scheme at Newton Abbot Community Hospital for multiple sclerosis patients. Normally the patients would have to attend a clinic at Torbay hospital, approximately 10 miles away.  The trial scheme to give people with MS access to services at Newton Abbot Community Hospital  has resulted in fewer missed appointments. Specialist […]

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Hemel Hempstead Water Gardens & Ashridge Estate

Hemel Hempstead Water Gardens & Ashridge Estate

I am a part of a group of people with disabilities, this includes deafness, blindness and mobility issues. We make occasional trips to places of interest and assess them for accessibility. We visit locations in and around Hemel Hempstead. This time it was a visit to the Water Gardens at Hemel Hempstead and Ashridge Estate. […]

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Accessible paths in Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor

Accessible paths in Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor

On Friday 23rd November 2012 I was invited to attend a meeting to review accessible paths in Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor. Ten people with a wide range of physical disabilities were invited.  The team had to audit this area reporting back to Chiltern Conservation Board for a new community project called “Access All Areas”. The audit […]

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Dragon’s Den Interview

Dragon’s Den Interview

Several weeks after the presentation of the Dragon’s Den certificates a journalist from the local paper contacted me. He wanted to conduct a Dragon’s Den interview so he could write an article about me in the local paper, the Hemel Gazette. We met in the Berkhamsted Brasserie Blanc and talked for about an hour. No […]

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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

I visited the National Portrait Gallery in October because I had some unexpected free time. I went to the exhibition of Queen Elizabeth II photographs called ‘The Queen Art & Image’. Afterwards I took a wander round the gallery, when sated with pictures I visited the café and had a bite to eat. We are […]

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Access to Wembley Stadium

Access to Wembley Stadium

Wembley stadium is the home of English Football, it’s where the England team play their home games. Do not think that the stadium is only used for football. Saracens rugby club play the occasional important match there. It is close to Allianz Park, their home ground. Other activities take place at Wembley Stadium as well. Here […]

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Railway stations and access for the disabled

Railway stations and access for the disabled

Not enough railway stations provide step free access for the disabled. The problem Almost all the British railway system was built before disabled people existed in the public eye. When the stations were originally built lifts did not exist and disabled people were not in the mindset. If you wanted to get across the railway […]

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Twickenham stadium rugby ground

Twickenham stadium rugby ground

Twickenham stadium rugby ground is the home ground for English rugby. If you can get tickets for an international match at Twickenham then go. The atmosphere can be fantastic. Twickenham stadium rugby ground The Twickenham stadium rugby ground holds 86,000 people and this makes it opne of the biggest rugby union venues in the world. […]

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Access for the disabled The disabled are not ignored at the Annual grass court tennis championship at Wimbledon.  If you enjoy sport then going to watch the tennis will be a great day out.  It will give you a feeling of independence.  Being outdoors with other people will surely improve your quality of life even […]

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