Wheelchairs vs. Buggies: The Big Debate

If you’ve clicked into this post, I’m guessing you have a fair idea of what it’s going to be about.  A good deal of buses (particularly in the capital but not nearly enough in more rural areas where they’re needed most) have a space with no seats which was hard won by disabled rights campaigners.  This space is meant specifically for wheelchair users.  Much like the coveted disabled parking space, it has since been used as a convenient storage spot for luggage, scooters, and most of all – buggies! The law as it stands… Wheelchair users have priority use of the space […]

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Equal Transport Rights for All: Disability Discrimination Does It Again – Ableism in Action

Consider this.  In the course of one planned trip you have multiple taxis and buses drive past you without stopping.  You have bus and train drivers shout at you, citing ‘no room’ and ‘no time’.  What’s more, this follows a six hour delay that saw others getting to their destinations hours ahead of you, while you sat on and watched.  Of course you’d be enraged, disappointed and left wondering why the transport system would have such a hard time providing a basic level or service to you, one they were obliged by law to provide.   And then you remember… The […]

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A wheelchair users guide to public transport: getting around above and underground – disability issues

My recent series of trips to London were a first for me in more ways than one.  I actually bit the bullet and used public transport for the first time in a long time. Certainly the first time since being a wheelchair user.  My findings were absolutely astounding and really genuinely surprised me.  I’d like to share with you the major ways of getting from one place to another as a wheelchair user, and the pros and cons. Car My preferred method of transport, so I thought I’d tackle this first.  I am very lucky not only to be able […]

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