We need equity – not equality

This article questions whether our attempts to promote an inclusive ‘social’ model of disability has obscured the very real physical needs of disabled users expressed in the alternative ‘medical’ model. Looking in particular at the furore surrounding the word ‘handicapped’ it asks whether there are greater battles to be won. What’s in a picture? Or […]

Legislation – who needs it?

The word ‘legislation’ has become a dirty word. It seems that it is the scourge of organisations and the impediment to entrepreneurship. Companies are busy doing it their own way, making an indelible stamp of uniqueness. We don’t need to be told how to do things- do we? The disabled community sees things quite differently. […]

What we wheelie wheelie want

This article examines the expectations of the public towards disabled users. It argues that the stereotype of the ‘paralympian’ as a typical disabled person may serve only to undermine efforts to create a more inclusive society. I look wistfully inside the new Bohemian cafe which has appeared along the high street. From my wheelchair viewpoint I […]

A tribute to Alvin Toffler

Has a book ever changed your life? Has one single author given you a route map for navigating life? Serendipity placed in front of me at the age of sixteen a book that would astound me at the time and would go on to provide a breadcrumb trail which in my wiser moments (and perhaps […]