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The Wheelchair and the Accessible Toilet

Once upon a time, a manual wheelchair and its user wanted to go to the toilet at a popular garden centre. Fortunately, there was a suitably accessible toilet, which was well signposted, so the user was able to go and

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UK Disability Legislation: Does it work on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Monday December 3, 2012 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012. This year’s theme is: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”. For my contribution, I was inspired, after reading a preview of Seth Godin’s

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Will the Paralympics change people’s attitude to disability?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard this question asked on television or radio in the last week or so. The consensus seems to be that it will. From a disabled person’s point of view, I’m sure

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First Great North Run

I first decided to do the Great North Run at the beginning of 1990. It was a daunting challenge, but I was determined to train and complete the course, irrespective of how long I took. I was living in Nuneaton

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My Early Years

According to a letter I saw recently while researching my early life medical records, my Orthopaedic Consultant, Mr. C. C. Michael James stated I had a “stormy passage” through the first 10 years of my childhood. I was born on

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