Iraq War Veteran, Changing Places user.

I was blown up in Iraq in 2003. I was left paralysed and bladder & bowel incontinent.  Disability really can and does happen to anyone. However, I had one good arm left  and was able to manage my bladder and bowel needs very well using Conveen sheaths and rectal irrigation along with anal plugs. Life… Continue reading Iraq War Veteran, Changing Places user.

Thoughts on the Flambards case.

Right now, I am not entirely sure what went wrong to leave a child with a costs order against him. But I have some good people who are helping to unravel it. People who believe 100% that we were right to bring the case. People who know that it should have ended differently. People who… Continue reading Thoughts on the Flambards case.

AIBU? (Yes, I read Mumsnet!)

What is your expectation of a simple family day out? Maybe a walk, a trip to a park and a spot of lunch? And you would anticipate it all being rather fun, maybe even relaxing if your child is a bit older. It seems reasonable! We parked and headed along a well loved and popular… Continue reading AIBU? (Yes, I read Mumsnet!)

What is this “ideal world”?

I am fed up with hearing that “in an ideal world everything would be accessible, but it isn’t an ideal world“. What the heck does that mean? What an enormous load of nonsense!!! Believe me, disabled people already know that the world is far from ideal. Disabled people live it every single day! You saying… Continue reading What is this “ideal world”?

Thank you, Newquay Zoo!

When I first asked Newquay Zoo to improve their toilet facilities, I didn’t get quite the response I hoped for. But then they learned. They talked to users. They listened. And they prioritised access for all. Take a look! From this tiny room where we couldn’t get in and close the door behind us… To… Continue reading Thank you, Newquay Zoo!

Testing Sainsbury’s “reasonable adjustment”.

Almost a year ago my son had a horrible experience at Sainsbury’s in Penzance. We hoped they would care and want to ensure that it never happens to any other disabled person ever again. Because that is how a good business responds, isn’t it? Either nobody told Sainsbury’s about compassion and high standards, or they… Continue reading Testing Sainsbury’s “reasonable adjustment”.

MPs are only human…

A campaign supporter has been in touch due to a troubling response from her MP to her request that they support Paula Sherriff MP with her Accessible Toilets Bill in November. Here it is… “I am all in favour of Changing Places Toilets being installed in places where that is feasible and reasonable – and… Continue reading MPs are only human…