A brilliant guide to accessible theatre – what you need know first

Have wheelchair can fly…………

Last weekend I headed to Dublin and Ireland for the first time (having not flown for 35 years) I was more than a little apprehensive, I flew with Ryanair as they were the cheapest they normally get lots of stick I booked special assistance at both airports and their customer service for disabled passengers is brilliant cannot speak highly enough of their staff everything ran like clockwork.

The only minor gripe I have is their lack of flexibility annoyingly we missed our early outbound flight by 10 minutes,  due to being stuck in traffic 😦 we made it to the departure gate but they wouldn’t let us board any of the other budget airlines would have……

It meant changing flights losing a sightseeing day in Dublin, and a 14 hour wait at Leeds  Airport anyway cutting a long story short we managed to get there but it meant not a lot of time  to explore the beautiful city hope to go back there at some point in the future.

All in all a very positive flying experience I would highly recommend Ryanair to anyone (will be flying again in future) as this was a massive confidence booster for me and of course Dublin the irish people couldn’t do enough for me no problems disabled access wise and nothing was too much trouble for them.

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“The Stare”

The "DIFF-abled" Buzz

Scenario:

You’re at a restaurant, enjoying lunch with a good friend. Your friend gets up to use the restroom. You’re alone at your table and you’re done eating, no big deal. So you do what’s natural for anyone to do. You take a look at your surroundings, not looking for or at anything in particular.

You spot a lady sitting across the way and something catches your eye. It’s not what she’s wearing or how she looks, it’s what she’s doing…she’s looking at you. Again, no big deal. You think nothing of it and look away. But you happen to look back again, SHE’S STILL LOOKING AT YOU! In fact, this innocent “looking” has become a full fledged STARE!

Let’s admit, you know they are staring, you’ve deliberately looked away and then looked back to catch them. You immediately think “What the “H-E-double hockey sticks” are they looking at?!” (really…

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Why say “disabled” when you could be saying Diff-abled”?

The "DIFF-abled" Buzz

I bet you are wondering, “Does this lady even know how to spell?” “What in the world does ‘Diff-abled’ mean?” “Diff-abled isn’t even a word, genius!” Okay, you are right about that. However, “Diff-abled”, implies that we ARE “abled”, just abled differently. “Diff-abled” isn’t a word recognized yet, BUT it should be! Here’s why.

When you hear the word “Disabled”, what comes to mind? “A person who isn’t able to perform the tasks that are necessary for self care or the care of others because of a physical or mental condition?” “A person whose abilities are “diminished” or “impaired” due to an accident or birth “defect”? Or dare I take from the obviously “ignorant”, rude or less tactful “minds” of society and say “Someone who isn’t ‘normal’ because of a handicap?”…”normal” being a word I hate. Isn’t a positive or pretty picture, is it?

The term “Disabled” has a negative…

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Why do some people fake disability just to get free stuff (which they have no right to)

*Update* Since I wrote this article if you apply for any disabled access tickets for theatres, concerts, or any major sporting event  a lot  of venues ask for proof of genuine disability by submitting your ID and any official paperwork stating your disability most venues didn’t wan’t to bring in this policy regarding tickets it can be a bit of a faff to do at times but it’s the only way to check if  people are “playing the system” and  making sure genuine disabled people get the tickets they  want//need for their event….

In October 2013, I rang Manchester Arena to book my latest Il Divo ticket the special needs team are the best to deal with I buy my ticket (great price) I ask if my usual seats are available ” yes of course what numbers do you usually have?” I gave them the numbers I’m adding up the total cost for my friend who has kindly agreed to be my carer “your carer is free” he said “I’m sorry can you repeat that?” ” your carer goes free ” big mega watt smile! it’s a great initiative to get more disabled people to enjoy events at the arena.
So when I read this article I was annoyed as its unfair on genuinely disabled people………..

*climbs down from soapbox*

 

Autumn is here….

As I write the rain is blowing against the window and Jason Manford’s  debut album “‘A Different Stage” plays in the background  it’s a great listen and I’m really surprised  as he didn’t  mess up “Stars” from Les  Misrables is on repeat  already!

So where have I been all summer? I haven’t blogged as much due to me having cataract surgery  in both eyes thrilled to say that both operations have been a total success for the first time in my life I’m not wearing glasses at all for anything as you can imagine this is life changing event  for me and it’s taken a little time but I’ve adapted extremely fast and really well to my new life and my family are thrilled by the outcome.

Over the last few months it has dawned on me before my operations that I wasn’t  seeing  very much at all  I was used to everything being blurred  stopped  doing lots of things like reading haven’t  read  a book properly  for 3 years  and I didn’t have much confidence  you don’t when you can’t see where your going and frightened of falling .

But now all that has changed I have a life to live instead of just an existence and it makes my disability so much easier  when I look back to my school days I had thick strong lenses the size of jamjars  heavy which press on your face they made me stand out even in a special school as you can imagine those that were able didn’t  want to be friends with me …

I’d go for the mandatory 2 year eye test I always feel nervous yet doctor’s, dentists,  physio, hospital, don’t bother  me at all I  can vividly remember one optician saying “your short sighted it happens when your 7 years old” ‘ and the squint which I used a patch for a while didn’t work when I was very young I recently looked up that statement  the bit when I was 7 found nothing to support it then I go back again this time it’s “your ok you may need reading glasses” then “you have cataracts  in both eyes  come back  In  12 months”then I’ll refer to a specialist”‘

you have to wait for the cataract  to mature  before removal  got to January  this year the new optician took one look at both”They should have come off .a long time ago can’t believe you’ve  been left for so long ” makes me wonder about the opticians on previous visits I think they were trying to fob me off on account of disability she has other problems  notching  can be done really…..

So I got referred for the first operation  on May 8th and then September 8th the second one was the hardest operation the surgeon  has ever done in his career and doesn’t want to have another one before he retires! He also corrected  my short slghtedness asked how I  was coping  without glasses fine I said I won’t miss spending £200-£400 on glasses  that didn’t really work.

I don’t have to have an eye test for a while so now I can just get on with life.

why do some people fake disability just to get free stuff (which they have no right to)

In October 2013, I rang Manchester Arena to book my latest Il Divo ticket the special needs team are the best to deal with I buy my ticket (great price) I ask if my usual seats are available ” yes of course what numbers do you usually have?” I gave them the numbers I’m adding up the total cost for my friend who has kindly agreed to be my carer “your carer is free” he said “I’m sorry can you repeat that?” ” your carer goes free ” big mega watt smile! it’s a great initiative to get more disabled people to enjoy events at the arena.
So when I read this article I was annoyed as its unfair on genuinely disabled people………..

*climbs down from soapbox*

A storm in a teacup!

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In my eyes Kanye West didn’t do anything offensive at all at the concert the two disabled fans must have been slightly embarrassed to have been singled out like that when all they want to do is be like everyone else, I wasn’t offended and he was probably making sure they could see everything too because their view would have been unintentionally blocked by everyone dancing (it happens when you’re in a wheelchair) sometimes all you see is the back of somebody’s head and out of respect for them you don’t always ask them to move I know this from my own experiences.
So before anymore people get on his case and say he’s offended disabled people, take a step back and try to imagine what the view is like when your sat down and people are standing in front of you!

Website review Trip-Ability.com

Having read this website throughly, I can honestly say this is the best site I’ve seen online for disabled travellers containing everything from airports to transport , accommodation, attractions etc once you’ve chosen your destination click and check!

Its also great for days out at home too……….

Its also very well laid out easy to read and add your own reviews and experiences, and users are encouraged to contribute to the site its a great research tool. I have bookmarked it!

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Planning a trip with a disability

As a disabled person planning trips and somtimes holidays anywhere needs a little more thought and organization thats the fun bit! So it was great to discover this brilliant website 🙂

written for disabled people by disabled people, definitely use it if and when I need too.
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This is fantastic!!!!! I wish!!!!!!! If only…………………..

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Since the introduction of the DDA and subsequently the Equality Act, many buildings have struggled to provide a means of access to their property that is barrier-free and ensures access for all. Even the smallest numbers of steps at the entrance of a building can provide a huge obstacle to visitors to a building and can lead to a situation where some visitors cannot access the building without assistance. Frequently, the property will install a retrofit solution that is difficult to use and can be an eyesore to the existing façade of the building. Sesame from Allgood Trio is a new innovative system that solves this issue by ensuring access for all whilst providing a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution for the building.
Technologically advanced, the Sesame system from Allgood Trio is tailored to each individual entrance and supplied and installed by our team of engineers. The secret to the system is the way that the retractable stair lift platform is installed beneath the existing stairs, utilising the stairs in the process. This then means that when not in use, the Sesame system cannot be seen and the aesthetic of the building is not unduly affected. Once activated, the system retracts the existing stairs to reveal the lift which can be programmed to work automatically or at the touch of a button. The result is a concealed stair lift that is easy to use, retains the existing aesthetic of the building whilst not taking up space when not in use.