published on 04 December 2018
It’s seems apt that I write the blog for December on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018. There are an estimated 1 billion people living with disabilities worldwide who face many barriers to inclusion in many aspects of society. What I find shocking is that as I write this blog there is no mention of it on both the BBC and SKY news websites. So, I thought I would do my little bit to raise awareness!
Here’s my usual party piece – and this time it happened in an airport, for a change! So, a man who is paralysed from the waist down, was informed that his wheelchair had been left behind on his flight. Rather than use the wheelchair offered by the airport staff, he chose to drag himself along the floor. He is now suing the airport as he felt degraded – this could be an interesting one, as the airport felt they offered him a ‘reasonable adjustment’. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45765767
Here is a shocking report of how only one in ten domestic violence spaces in the UK are accessible to people with physical disabilities, especially when nearly 17% of women with a long-term illness were subjected to domestic abuse, where compared to 6% of women without a disability. Check out the report on this link. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46371441
At another airport a gentleman has booked a wheelchair – which failed to turn up. After 30 minutes of standing, he collapsed and was taken to hospital. The ironic thing is that the gentleman was returning from a conference about access! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-46253991
Just to add some balance – here is a feelgood story. Congratulations to Oldham Athletic Football Club. They have become the first club in the English football league to offer sensory packs for their Autistic fans. Let’s hope, that someone linked to Hartlepool United is reading this blog! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46242543
Here is a lovely story on a video from BBC Radio Scotland – about Davie the barber who has gone out of his way to support his customers who have Autism. https://www.facebook.com/bbcradioscotland/videos/2102956199947885/
Here is some good local news about the changes to the War Memorial on the Headland to make it more wheelchair accessible. I think Hartlepool has quite good accessible public places, but maybe there are some out there that are not quite so good. If you know of any, please contact me and I can raise it in a future blog. https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/plan-for-new-war-memorial-access-set-for-decision-after-objections-from-hartlepool-residents-1-9455404
I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2019!
Joke of the month!
Sad news at the Nestle factory today. A member of staff was seriously injured when a pallet of chocolate fell more than 50 feet and crushed him underneath. He tried in vain to attract attention, but every time he shouted; ‘the milky bars are on me’, everyone just cheered!!
My wings are aching, the eagle has landed – see you next year!