Disability

Luton Central railway station

Luton Central railway station

Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire with a population of over 210,000. Luton Central railway station is busy with five platforms and about 12 trains an hour stopping there. Lots of London commuters use Luton Central railway station. Just recently I visited the Luton campus of Bedfordshire University to give a talk to 2nd […]

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Some of my MS disabilities are invisible

Some of my MS disabilities are invisible

Multiple sclerosis rules my life. Even when I think I am on the home run it will stick out a tentacle and trip me up. You too as well I guess. I have obvious disabilities such as walking, in fact I cannot walk unaided. Some of my MS disabilities are invisible. People will not know […]

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My first job interview since 2012

My first job interview since 2012

Recently I received an email from a charity that wanted to interview me for a zero hour contract position. I have advanced multiple sclerosis and I cannot walk unaided which I disclosed on the application form. This was going to be my first job interview since 2012. My MS blew the last one in 2012 […]

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I am physically disabled but I still travel

I am physically disabled but I still travel

When I was working I travelled all over the world then medical retirement kicked me in the groin. Life as I knew it suddenly changed. Occasionally I still get the urge to travel, this time me and The Wife went to Australia. I am physically disabled but I still travel. Cut the stress I have just […]

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MS for over 70 percent of my life

MS for over 70 percent of my life

I am 63, born in 1954. I have lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 45 years, that’s a scary thought. It started in 1972 but I was not diagnosed until 1995. It morphed to secondary progressive or advanced MS in about 2000. I took medical retirement in 2012. I have had MS for over 70 percent of […]

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Does my disability make me worth less?

Does my disability make me worth less?

So Christmas is done and dusted for another year. Decorations have been taken down and put in the loft. The Boy Scouts have collected the tree and recycled it. We’ve even managed to empty the fridge. Now wouldn’t it be lovely if I could just pack up my MS and store that in the loft […]

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Disabled access is not a tick box exercise

Disabled access is not a tick box exercise

Access and facilities for physically disabled people are needed today and why ever not? It would be so unreasonable in this day and age to exclude the physically disabled from our activities. From my experience disabled access is turning into a tick box exercise. Remember disabled access is not a tick box exercise. Disabled access […]

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FCAROLYN silk eye patch

FCAROLYN silk eye patch

Double vision is possibly my biggest hidden disability. In April 2015 it reached a critical point. My optician could no longer correct the problem using prisms in my glasses.  I recently discovered the FCAROLYN Eye Patch. I think the FCAROLYN silk eye patch is such a good solution for double vision. FCAROLYN silk eye patch […]

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Mobility scooter needs a bus permit

Mobility scooter needs a bus permit

In late July as I was getting onto a bus at High Wycombe the Arriva bus driver said “The mobility scooter needs a bus permit. Can I see it” Arriva are responsible for running all the buses in the towns close to where I live. I have to use the buses because double vision makes driving […]

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An invisible physical disability

An invisible physical disability

Are you like me? I suffer from an invisible physical disability. Do these statements sound familiar? “Crikey I didn’t know you were disabled”.  Or maybe someone said “You don’t look disabled”. Sometimes it’s even “You look healthy”, and then they deserve a slap. An invisible physical disability Millions of us in Briton have a hidden disability. […]

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Employ physically disabled people

Employ physically disabled people

Have you ever thought about employing a disabled person? I’m thinking of people with a physical disability. Read this and think about it. D I S A B L E D It is such a tiny word, only 8 letters but it is a huge word when it comes to giving it a definition or […]

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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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Stickman communications

Stickman communications

I met Hannah Ensor, creative talent behind Stickman Communications, after the Occupational Therapy show in November 2014. Stickman pictures When I see a fellow mobility scooter rider or person in a wheelchair then we often we exchange knowing glances and usually say hello. On this occasion we were both at a railway station waiting to make […]

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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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Disabled and Housebound

Disabled and Housebound

Disabled and housebound, are these two separate problems? They can be mutually exclusive but much worse, you could be both disabled and housebound. I will discuss 5 ways to help you survive being housebound, I will throw in physical disability for good measure. There are times when the walls feel like they are closing in […]

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