Resource List by Type
Resource Type: Information, Website
Disability Hacker is a great resource for useful ideas on solving the problems she encountered.
Here's a quote from Ceri the site creator:
"Aware of how so much advice and many gadgets for independent living is given and endorsed (in a clinical manner) by able-bodied people, Ceri launched Disability Hacker to try and fill this ‘gap in the market’. Ceri put the material on the site together using her experiences of using creative problem solving which she refers to as an "outta the box" thinking approach on disability."
Resource Type: Factsheets, Website
The DLF have a wide range of high quality fact sheets on subjects ranging from buying a wheelchair to making a complaint. All their factsheets are in PDF (portable document format) and will require Adobe Reader or similar software to read them.
Resource Type: Information, Infographic, Website
When it comes to travelling, there are a number of challenges facing those with disabilities. Most travellers only worry about getting a decent hotel or finding a nice place to eat. Disabled people must also worry about facing stairways, narrow doors, accessible bathrooms and transportation. In a lot of places, it can be almost impossible to find an affordable, accessible hotel. Navigating the city streets and public transport can be incredibly difficult.
Luckily, there are many destinations around the world that continue to work towards making travel for the handicapped as seamless as possible. More and more cities around the globe are now making the effort to become more accessible to disabled persons. In the infographic below created by Burning Nights, we take a look at some that offer exceptional accessibility.
The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks can now be found in shopping centres, pubs, cafés, department stores, bus and train stations and many other locations in most parts of the country.
Resource Type: Website
Disability Rights UK is an organisation with aim to be the largest user led pan disability organisation. Their website has a links to a wide range of useful information on everything from social care to employment.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a UK benefit that is intended to help with the extra cost of being disabled. This resource is a link to the UK Govenment website that describes what DLA is the process of applying and the different rates paid.
World in a wheelchair is a resource for wheelchair users wanting to travel that includes basic travel advice and reviews. The information website is written by wheelchair users.
Brighton an Hove council have created a journey planner using Google Maps that allows you to plan journeys by car, public transport, walking or cycling. For wheelchair users the choosing the cycling option and with the flattest route will gives you reasonable route. Please note that none of the routes provided include details of the real accessibility of the route like e.g. the condition of pavements and whether the public transport is accessible.
Tourism for All UK (TfA) provides information to disabled or older people on accessible accommodation and other tourism services in the UK and at selected overseas destinations. Every year they respond to thousands of people who may need help and support to enable them to take a break they may not have previously believed possible. Additionally, over 300,000 people have visited their website in the past 12 months.
TfA is a national registered charity, and its information service is backed by a website and supported by a helpline, 0845 124 9971. The aim is to provide lively, inspirational and comprehensive information that encourages people to try new things, see new places, and live life to the full!
As well as accommodation, travel, and attractions, TfA provides information about activity holidays for disabled people; equipment hire; places where care is available; escorts & carer services; and sources of finance towards the cost of a holiday for people on low income.
They are also working on a project called Open Britain which will provide a list of accessible places to stay around Britain.